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Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook’s Insider Guide to Los Angeles

The James Beard-award winning chefs behind Son of a Gun share what to do, see, and, of course, eat in the City of Stars.

 

James Beard Award-winning chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook are taking over the Los Angeles restaurant scene with their unique culinary hot spots, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Jon & Vinny’s, and Trois Familia. The epicurean duo (and best friends) give V.F. an insider’s guide to La La Land.

FAVORITE HOTELS: For us, it’s Chateau Marmont and the Beverly Hills Hotel. The locations are perfect for giving visitors a little taste of Hollywood living or, if you’re local, a great getaway.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: We love Matsuhisa Beverly Hills.

FAVORITE BARS: Tiki-Ti—this is one of the original tiki bars! We also like Musso & Frank Grill, the Roger Room, the Dresden, and the Spare Room.

BEST LOCAL COCKTAILS: A piña colada at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool deck (Jon) and an Aviation at Son of a Gun (Vinny).

THE L.A. LOOK: It’s all about casual comfort. A black tee, Joe’s Jeans, and James Perse zip-ups (Jon). Limited-edition Nikes or Vansfor kicks, hats from Supreme, sweatshirts from Acne Studios, and loose-fitting Alexander Wang tees or vintage tees (Vinny).

BEST MUSEUMS: LACMA and the Hammer Museum.

CAN’T BE MISSED: The Hollywood Farmers’ Market, an outdoor concert at the Hollywood Bowl or Greek Theatre, driving Mulholland, visiting Venice Beach and Malibu.

HIDDEN GEM: Beverly Hills Juice. This tiny shop is the original juice bar in L.A. The Banana Manna Shakes are legendary.

LOCAL FAVORITE: El Chato—amazing taco truck at Olympic and La Brea. You have to try their al pastor tacos.

KEY WORD TO KNOW: “The.” E.g., “Take the 110N to the 405N.”

WHERE TO GET ICE CREAM: McConnell’s ice cream—get Peppermint Stick!