Hooray, hooray, summer is officially here. With that in mind, we thought we'd gather all our summer eating and drinking intel into one place to give you, our dear readers, a guide for dining and imbibing in the hotter months.
Conveniently, we've just updated our list of L.A.'s best restaurants for outdoor dining. From leafy patios in Hollywood to stunning oceanside decks, the best of al-fresco Los Angeles.
Beach trips are in your future. You will be hungry. With that in mind, check out the best restaurants in Santa Monica, the best restaurants in Long Beach, as well as the restaurants we consider essential (as in, from our 99 Essentials list) in Santa Monica/Venice and in the South Bay.
Cold things to eat
Stew season is fairly short here in L.A., but summer makes us want to eat cold seafood, frozen treats, and cool salads. Luckily we have guides to all of those things:
For popsicle lovers, here's a list of eight great high-quality popsicles specific to L.A.
Hot things to eat
There's no denying there are some needs to be met in the summer foods category that aren't cold. Bring on the hot dogs, burgers and tacos.
Check out the 10 best hot dogs in L.A.
For your burger-eating pleasure, we have both the 10 best burgers in L.A. and the 10 best new burgers in L.A. Oh, and we also have a brand new Burgers and Beer event, where you can come stuff your face with burgers as well. Which brings us to…
Cold things to drink
You don't think we forgot about the booze, did you? Of course not. And we even have guidance for non-boozy cold drinkin'.
Cocktail lists are forever changing, but last year we sought out the best summer drinks around town and made a list. Whether or not these specific drinks are still being served (and some of them certainly are), you will definitely find great summer drinks at the bars mentioned. I also recommend the Beverly Fix at Terrine, which was a perfect spring drink and continues to hit the spot now that it's summer.