Indie Pop Band Saint Motel's Favorite LA Food

From French dip sammies to Italian fare
April 12, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Coachella is in full swing and we're on-site to capture all the music and food action. Indie pop darlings Saint Motel won't be at the festival this year, but make sure to check out their top five restaurants if you swing through LA on your way to Palm Springs.

SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa
Sushi · Fairfax · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

Sushi purists " and " even the gun-shy " " can't help " getting " hooked " on the " insanely fresh ", " melt-in-your-mouth " fish paired with " warm, sweet rice " at master chef Kazunori Nozawa's " game-changing " Japanese chain; no reservations and " long waits can be a deterrent ", and once inside the " simple " wood-bedecked setting the " efficient " staff " rushes you out the door ", but it's " consistently a winner " for " value and quality "; P.S. the 'Trust Me' omakase " is the recommended move.
Bar · Downtown · $
Food 3.7 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.7

A dose of "old-fashioned goodness" , this circa-1908 Downtown "classic" "feels like a trip back in time" with "fair" French dips made with beef and lamb served in an "atmospheric" setting; critics claim it's "expensive" and "used to be better" , so its biggest asset may be the hidden speakeasy in back – The Varnish – known for its crafty mixologists, "designer" cocktails and "hipster" crowd.
Philippe The Original
Breakfast · Chinatown · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

Called the original for good reason ", this " steady "-Eddie 1908 " institution " in Chinatown is " famous " for inventing the " simple ", " satisfying " French dip sandwich, which it still churns out with " unwavering quality " at a " nostalgic " price; " old-school pros " " behind the counter " keep the " cafeteria lines " moving in a " sawdust-strewn " setting where " people from every walk of life " " sit with new best friends at communal tables " – in all, an " LA treasure" if there ever was one.
Italian · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Adventurous” eaters will be “pushed out of their comfort zones” by the “transcendent pastas” and “innovative” nose-to-tail Italiana from husband-and-wife “star chefs” Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, who oversee an “energetic” staff at this “buzzy,” “industrial-chic” “warehouse” in DTLA's Arts District; everything is “off the charts,” including the “jet-engine noise,” but word is it's still “the hottest ticket in town” so reservations (and deep pockets) “are a must.”
Bottega Louie
Italian · Downtown · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

“Always packed” , this “buzzy” , no-reservations Downtown "gem" stays "trendy" with “authentic NYC-style" pizzas and other “fab” , "reasonably priced" Italian fare, plus a “phenomenal” selection of sweets and “edible gifts” at the pastry counter; "jet engine" noise levels are “problematic” , but that's to be expected with “soaring” ceilings, an "energetic" staff and a “Manhattany” vibe.