The most exciting new LA restaurants in 2022

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The pandemic took a sledgehammer to restaurants over the past two years, closing 90,000 establishments across the U.S. But the world is bouncing back and so are its chefs. LA sports one of the country’s most diverse dining scenes and 2022 is seeing that portfolio expand. Here are five up-and-coming restaurants you need to put on your LA bucket list. 

Yangban Society

Location: S. Santa Fe Avenue

Opened: January 2022

Launched by Katianna and John Hong, Yangban Society is a Korean-style deli, drawing influence from Korean flavors while using regional California ingredients. Go for the deli’s kimchi pozole with a side of acorn noodles and blistered snap peas, topping it off with their velvety buffalo milk soft serve.

Mother Wolf

Location: Wilcox Avenue

Opened: January 2022

Named after the ancient myth behind the creation of Rome, chef Evan Funke’s new Hollywood restaurant, Mother Wolf, specializes in Italian cuisine. Make sure to order one of the restaurant’s wafer-thin wood fired pizzas, or Funke’s simple but delicious cacio e pepe.

Here’s Looking at You

Location: W. 6th Street

Opened: January 2022

Here’s Looking at You is more a reopening than an opening. First launched in July 2016 by Lien Ta and Jonathan Whitener, the Koreatown restaurant was forced to shutter in July 2020 due to the pandemic. The owners launched a Go Fund Me page to help pay off $90,000 in owed rent, and now the restaurant’s back in business. We recommend their frog’s legs, beef tartare, and shishito peppers.

Ronnie’s Kickin’

Location: W. Sunset Boulevard

Opening: Spring 2022

What started as a food truck has evolved into a three-restaurant project. Owner Ronnie Muñoz, a former fine-dining chef, is taking his renowned fried chicken off the street and into a brick-and-mortar restaurant. On the corner of Sunset and Tamarind in Hollywood, Muñoz plans to open Besties, a burger joint, Mexican restaurant Todos Santos, and Ronnie’s Kickin’, a restaurant that pulls recipes from his time in the food truck. Fried in beef tallow, Muñoz makes one of the best chicken sandwiches in LA. Make sure to grab a cheddar biscuit on the side. 

Walt Disney Concert Hall Restaurant

Location: S. Grand Avenue

Opening: Spring 2022

LA native Ray Garcia is opening a currently unnamed restaurant in the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. The space was previously occupied by Michelin-star restaurant Patina. Garcia established his reputation with his last restaurant, Broken Spanish, where the chicharron was the star of the menu. He plans to make the new restaurant more casual than Patina with lunch and dinner service, telling Eatery that the meals will have an Angeleno, Californian approach.

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