First, let me just say that this is not a knock against hipster restaurants. Uncomfortable seating, old fashioned lighting and kitschy, house-made sodas aside, I eat at them all the time because the food is generally top-notch. And sometimes, you just want something tasty made of quinoa. And sometimes, you want to be impressed by just how much kale they can work in to any given dish.
That said, there’s definitely an over-abundance of hipster restaurants in Los Angeles, and I am curious to know: what’s the most hipster restaurant that you walk, bike or transit to? Please submit your answers in the comments.
Submissions should include information on how to reach the restaurant sans-car. I’ll follow up with a post featuring your responses, mapped out!
And to qualify as uber-hipster, the restaurant must have some (or all) of the following features:
- Be in a tiny, hard to find location with no parking.
- The name is something pretentious and vague, i.e. “Union” or “Sqirl.”
- Exposed brick. Exposed air ducts. Exposed everything. (Bonus points for string lights.)
- Uncomfortable vintage/reclaimed chairs and tables that are at odd heights. Communal seating.
- Menu is written on chalkboard, or comes as a piece of paper on a clipboard.
- All items are some combination of vegan/gluten free/organic/artisanal/locally grown/rustic.
- A “new twist” on a “traditional fave” (i.e. baked cauliflower mac and cheese) and it’ll probably cost you $15.
- Entrees do not come with sides. What you order is what you get.
- Overpriced cocktails with pun-filled names that may or not may not tell you what’s actually in the drink, i.e. “Spicy Daisy” or “Just a Spritz.”
- Dessert menu includes something that has been deconstructed.
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