Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (coming out Oct. 3), we'll be bringing you periodic lists of some of the best things we've found to eat and drink around town. Ice cream sandwiches and bowls of tsukemen, fish tacos and dan dan mian, cups of boba and glasses of booze. Read on.
Erin Lyall The Noce cocktail at Scarpetta
Beverly Hills makes it easy to spend money: Very little about this neighborhood is cheap, from the shopping (Cartier) to the car dealers (hello, Bentley) to the spendy steakhouses and see-and-be-seen restaurants. Heck, even valet around here can cost 10 bucks! But happy hour, the great financial equalizer of the restaurant world, is alive and well in these Hills.
If you want to gaze at the beautiful people while grazing on appetizers and sipping something fah-bulous, these three places will treat you right. You can sample their superior cooking without diving in wallet first -- and they have the perfect fame-to-price ratio to impress out-of-town guests. There's even some outdoor seating to take advantage of the early evening sun. Throw on your best cubic zirconium earrings and pull up a stool.More »