Los Angeles: Locol
It’s impossible for me not to be thrilled by this new fast food spot by F&W Best New Chefs Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi, who are bringing well-sourced burgers and soft serve to Watts. 1950 E. 103rd St.; welocol.com.
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San Antonio: Hotel Emma
My new favorite hotel is in an old brewery. In addition to the stellar restaurant, Supper, there’s a lobby bar, Sternewirth, named for a tradition entitling brewery workers to free beer (love that). 136 E. Grayson St.; thehotelemma.com.