When Mh Zh removed their BYOB policy, we only had our tears left to drink with these delicious plates of ful, beets and ragoooo. Luckily, Los Angeles has a lot to offer in the free corkage and BYOB category, and here are some of of favorites:
All the locals already know it, but Gjusta now closes at 10pm: this means you can bring your favorite bottle of wine and enjoy a roast chicken or a brisket sandwich under patio string lights. And while you’re waiting for the waiter to shout your name, pretend you’re a Gjusta pro and order a loaf of bread a jar of whipped burrata. Simply dip a piece of bread straight into the jar, it will pair perfectly with a nice glass of Bordeaux.
Sapp Coffee Shop
At Sapp Coffee Shop, remember 2 things: bring your own cash, and bring your own booze. Actually, 3 things: order the jade noodles — green vermicelli with crab, duck and caramelized pork, a squeeze of lemon juice, cilantro and spring onion. Mix everything together and slurp away! For a similar vibe but Korean food, Kobawoo is your perfect back-up plan.
If you’ve never experienced Ethiopian food, Lalibela is an excellent place to start. Grab a six pack at the 7-11 next door and ask for a table on their charming patio. Order the ‘veggie utopia’ to share (a mix of lentils, potatoes, and some greens…) as well as one meat dish to share, and you’ll be convinced to return to Little Ethiopia for more.
It may look like a simple seafood shack right on the PCH, but this place has some of the best seafood in the area: and pretty much everyone in LA knows it, as you’ll notice by the crowds on weekend days. Be a pro and call Malibu Seafood while you’re driving to place your order and skip the line. Also, bring a bottle of wine and enjoy your clam chowder and steamed mussels while facing the ocean.
Among the fast-fueled Filipino food revolution currently happening in Los Angeles, Lasa is a strong contender. Helmed by two brothers, Lasa went from a pop-up to a brick-and-mortar restaurant at Unit 120 in Chinatown. Go to your favorite wine show (Domaine LA, Lou’s, Silverlake Wine…) and be get ready to be blown away.