6 Hip New Valley Spots in Los Angeles

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The Valley used to have a bad rap, but that misconception is so passe. News Flash! The Valley is chic! As with all things – don’t knock it until you try it. For a native Angeleno, the Valley means pleasantville-esque neighborhoods sprawling with trees and hot bed of celebrity real estate activityMore and more, Sherman Oaks & Studio City along Ventura Blvd. is being referred as one of Los Angeles’ premiere restaurant rows. Here are the hottest new hip valley spots.

Tipple & Brine

Fit for foodies, Tipple & Brine offers creative seafood-centric plates with a Southern spin and crafted cocktails in a rustic yet chic eatery complete with plank walls & bare bulbs. Minx Menu Recommendations: Oysters (Monday they are $1 each all night long), Kale Green Goddess Salad, Scallops Parsnip Puree, and Pork Chop with Glazed Peachees. Warning: this spot is not down with menu modifications, so if you’re picky this is not for you!

Black Market Liquor Bar

Where do we begin? This hot spot, is a cocktail eatery with style and charm. It, by far, is one of the coolest spaces in all of Los Angeles. The unmarked exterior leads you into this dimly lit, brick-adorned sexy speakeasy vibed setting and the food is divine. Minx Menu Recommendations: the menu changes daily, but our frequently rotating favorites include the Crostini with Burrata and Speck, the Sweet Corn & Marscarpone Ravioli, and Short Ribs.

The Village

Two things make this place amazing: 1) the menu basically features everything delicious (there is no theme or cuisine, it’s all just delicious plates including a Mozzarella, Pizza, and Taco Bar) and 2) the industrial outdoor patio has all the right vibes happening. Go here for any occasion, date, birthday etc. Insider tip: they will let you throw a party and bring out mini-versions of their best dishes for each of your guests for only $20 a person (and everyone will have more than enough to eat!). Minx Menu Recommendations: the Carnitas Pizza, Truffle Jalapeno Mac & Cheese, Crispy Cauliflower, and the Oven-Baked Meatballs.

Granville

Granville is all about gourmet quality food, without being pretentious. No detail is spared when it comes to the decor which makes for a killer ambiance filled with natural light, open space and a rustic, hip feel. Come for brunch or dinner. Minx Menu Recommendations: The Classic Omelette, Five Artisan Cheese Pizza, Ahi Filet, Uptown Mac & Cheese, & Taco Trio.

The Woodman

This brand new spot is brought to you by the guys who head up Surly Goat/Phoenix/Verdugo Bar/Blind Donkey. This is a great place to escape in an open rustic, vintage roadhouse setting. Whether for brunch, dinner, or just a drink, it’s continually filled with cool people. The well-priced beer menu includes 16 very unique beers on tap and Minx Menu Recommendations such as Chicken Skewers, Corn Lollipops, Thai Coconut Curry Mussels, Albacore Hamachi,  and Maple and Date Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp.

Murph’s

Murphs opened last week next to Tipple & Brine, and is a casual Americana dining station and watering hole, with a lively, yet inviting atmosphere run by executive chef Mike Williams of Tasting Kitchen. If you are in the mood for hand-crafted cocktails, an eclectic selection of wines on tap, 20 draft beers, and top quality fare, this is a fab addition to LA. Splurge and live a little with these Minx Menu Recommendations: Pastrami Short Ribs, Donuts, & Vanilla Rum Float.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels