13 exciting New Restaurant Openings in LA to Try This Weekend

From the re-opening of a beloved beer bar to immaculate new pastries, LA’s restaurant scene is better than ever.

Everything is fake at the Grove, from the snow in winter to its owner’s political affiliation. Everything, that is, except for the megamall’s new Mexican restaurant, Alma Cocina de Mexico—they are bonafide DF, opened by Grupo Hunan, the powerful group behind 23 restaurants in Mexico’s capital city. The multi-tiered restaurant concept starts with a taqueria, bar, and market, on the ground floor, followed by a full-service elevated dinner component in the second-floor dining room coming later in May. The taqueria is open now with a menu of refined classics, including takes on birria de res, barbacoa de borrego, and al pastor, with churros and chocolate for dessert. The bar leans heavily on margarita varieties thanks to a massive tequila and mezcal selection, and the market has cookbooks, salsas, liquor, and more to take away.

How to book: The taqueria, bar, and market are welcoming guests on a firstcome, first-served basis. The forthcoming second-floor restaurant will require reservations.

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