What defines a favorite “go-to” restaurant varies by the individual. However, we individuals at Boulevard all agree the common denominators to what makes a good restaurant eternal are quality, service, ambiance and creativity. Based on these standards, here’s our guide to restaurants that serve the community by satisfying every craving.
Whether you prefer garden-fresh low calorie creations, lavish dishes with rich sauces or something in between,
order whatever your heart desires. The chefs and staff of these local romantic spots will do the rest.
Some couples prefer lively and fresh garden settings with a nearby fire pit, while others find a well-appointed wine cellar, or furnishings that transport you to another time, stirs the senses and the soul. Some couples want a guided tour through the chef’s creative world and ultra-attentive service while others value their privacy, just as long as the food comes out hot and beautifully plated. For some people, the romantic table is set with rich foods noted for their aphrodisiac appeal (chocolates, oysters, cheese plates with honey). Others want to keep the mood and the calorie count light to have the energy for what comes later. That said, there are a handful of restaurants out there that can accommodate every couple’s whim and culinary ideal, thanks to a well-devised menu, different rooms or seating arrangements, and staffs and chefs that can keep up with all the wishes of their customers.
Every travel destination has its own literal flavor and gastronomic highlights ... just ask Anthony Bourdain. However, some destinations have dining experiences that are very particular to the city or region where they began. For example, what would New York City be without the thin crust pizza, and how could a day at Chicago’s Wrigley Field be complete without a fully-dressed Vienna beef hot dog (including the neon green relish)? And then there are cities like New Orleans and Seattle, with dishes and flavors that literally put them on the map, as well as those far-flung locales that Bourdain and other professional eaters bring into your living room.
The Sweet Smell & Taste of Success
Our favorite Los Angeles restaurateurs reflect on what makes their restaurants successful.
If every picture tells a story, you could pose an argument that every dish served in a given restaurant tells a story about the person or people behind the scenes. This is even more true with the kinds of restaurateurs who not only developed an original concept “from scratch” but also continue to put their heart and soul into everything from the menus and beverage lists to the décor to the training of the staff.
The Peasant Wine Bistro in Tarzana elevates casual dining to an elegant standard.
Throughout the U.S. and especially in California, “farm-to-table” restaurants are all the rage, taking the pomp-and-circumstance out of dining and replacing it with solid, sturdy and familiar dishes that are presented with unexpected touches of flair and creativity. Although the dining genre has expanded to the point where the authenticity of some “home-style” menus may be questioned, The Peasant Wine Bistro in Tarzana (an instant hit practically from the moment it opened its doors) is the real deal with its comfortable setting, satisfying and playful menu items, carefully curated-but-approachable California-centric wine list and owners who take their business seriously, but not themselves.
Raphael Berry, the mastermind behind West Hollywood’s Berri’s Cafe, cites consistent culinary excellence and sound business practices are the key ingredients in the recipes that make up his favorite L.A. restaurants.
Any Angelino who believes Los Angeles still rests in the culinary shadow of San Francisco or New York has not dug deep enough. Just ask Raphael Berry, whose Berri’s Cafe is a bona fide West Hollywood institution. Based on his years of experience, he attests that it is better for a menu to be small and well thought-out rather than expansive but mediocre in quality. Wine follows suit, and given the breadth and depth of wines available, there’s no excuse to serve bad wine.
Formerly Tulas, you have a limited time to enjoy the new incarnation, Warren’s Blackboard, before it morphs into The Frontyard. Although connected to what was previously the Beverly Garland Hotel (now The Garland), this fine dining establishment is quite a bit more than just an in-hotel restaurant.
Ahi Sushi in Studio City artfully reconciles five-star dishes, knowledgeable sushi chefs and a welcoming neighborhood vibe.
If you’re a sushi fan and live anywhere in Los Angeles, you’re in luck. All the more so if you live in the San Fernando Valley, where it seems as if we’ve got more sushi bars per capita. The sheer number of restaurants doesn’t even count fancy steakhouses, seafood restaurants, “Asian Fusion” and “Pacific Rim” spots that just happen to have some sushi items on the menu.
Tender, Loving Care
Pamper all of your senses and nourish your soul with a Day Spa built for two!
Los Angeles is a mecca of blissful day spas, retreats and salons. Join us in our delectable quest for the ultimate relaxation. A romantic dinner for two with chocolate and champagne is always a sure bet when it comes to Valentine’s Day, as is a couple’s weekend getaway. However, if you’re looking to spice things up with your loved one, why not mix things up and step into your comfort zone?
Hair is an individualized statement of our personality. The appearance of what we project upon the world—body, mind and soul.
It’s 2014 and the beginning of a brand new year. Everybody has their own set of resolutions—run a 5K, read more books, go vegan. But no matter what your goals are for the coming year, why not make a simple and stylish resolution to have amazing hair? Having the perfect haircut/style/color can give you that extra nudge to make 2014 incredible—great hair can give you confidence, sass, and a unique sense of style. And Boulevard has made it easy to find the right salon for you—check out our list of hot spots. So what are you waiting for? Ring in the New Year with a brunette bob, blonde highlights, red ombre, or a crazy color (I’m thinking pink)!
Got the winter blues? Good! Now go out there and brighten your closet up for spring with more blues, as well as orchid, pink, green, yellow, red and orange.
pring cleaning is upon us, and while it is always good to engage in the annual ritual of clearing your closet and the clutter, keep in mind you’re making space for change. After all, how else WILL you entice your guy, score big points in the boardroom, and be motivated to train for that 5k if you still have the same items lying around. Spring is a time for renewal, especially with this year’s prints and color palate.
Thano Adamson, the man behind Mission Tile West and Mission West Kitchen and Bath, is determined to transform your home into a showplace.
Without batting an eyelash, Thano Adamson proclaims his Mission Tile stores from the San Gabriel Valley to Santa Monica, and their newest location in Costa Mesa, constitute the ultimate place for tile in Southern California and beyond, starting with his prolific inventory of gorgeous handcrafted ceramics, stone and terracotta. When you factor in Mission West Kitchen and Bath, just next door to his South Pasadena emporium, you put yourself into the capable hands of Adamson and his team.
Generation-defining actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese continue their fierce pursuit of innovative filmmaking with their latest partnership, The Wolf of Wall Street.
While many of today’s A-List actors once had such descriptors as “teen heartthrob” next to their name, Leonardo DiCaprio differs from the others in that his career didn’t follow the traditional “leading man” trajectory. Sure, his doomed Jack Dawson in Titanic was swoon-worthy, and his too-cute runaway teen Luke in the ’80s series Growing Pains was tailor made for the pages of Tiger Beat and Seventeen.
Tom Hanks, now that you’ve been the first and only actor since Hollywood’s golden age of cinema to take back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards® and win countless other accolades, what are you going to do next? Ultimately, you’re going to go to Disneyland.
Hanks remains one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and prolific entertainers. Since his Oscar turns in Forest Gump andPhiladelphia, he won more nominations for performances in Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13, The Green Mile and Cast Away. Just call him “Mr. December,” as every year he’s been the king of the Awards Show Season. Beyond the laurels and accolades, he’s continued to take on the most American of movie roles, running the gamut from the voice of Woody the Cowboy in the Toy Story trilogy to The DaVinci Code’sRobert Langdon to a senator in Charlie Wilson’s War to Catch Me if You Can as a U.S. agent tracking down Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) to Captain Phillips, released this past October.
His collectors are rabid—they become so addicted with the work, it fills their homes to the ceilings.
Boulevard magazine has been fortunate enough to publish a number of Todd White’s creations over the years as covers and inside art in the magazine. We love Todd White’s sense of balance and perspective of life and art. The most difficult thing for any artist to do is to add a soul into the art, giving it its own identity, its own personality and life. Todd is able to do just that, and it’s what I love most about his paintings. People collect art because it is personal, it speaks to them or they just love the image. Todd’s work seems to fit into every category. One will find themselves in front of a White painting saying, “I know those people. I’ve been in that situation before…” His collectors are rabid—they become so addicted with the work, it fills their homes to the ceilings. Time and time again I hear them say, “You can’t put a price on a smile.” This has never been truer. I feel privileged to walk into my gallery and see his paintings on the wall.