Across from beautiful Huntington Beach, find this not-so-secret speakeasy tucked inside its parent restaurant, Bluegold. But the difference is palpable—LSXO is a bit cooler, louder and has a more defined personality. A trio of house-made condiments tops each table, with umami-rich fish sauce in place of salt, spice-infused oil as your pepper and a bottle of hot sauce as your furnace. Experiment with all three on refreshing noodle dishes like banh tam bi twirled with shredded pork, pickled vegetables and coconut milk. Other tantalizing mains may reveal shaky shaky beef, drizzled with burnt-butter soy sauce and set over garlic-tomato fried rice.
Getting a seat here can be tough, but good food makes this so much more than just a scene.- MICHELIN guide inspectors