Best New Restaurants 2016

No. 7 True Seasons Organic Kitchen

TIMG_1673he oldest player on this list, True Seasons opened in 2014 as a shabu-shabu shop, a perilously narrow concept for its family-dense ’hood. Chef-owner Saifon Plewtong wisely added wraps, bowls, smoothies, and desserts to the menu, prompting a name change last June. But the focus on organic, GMO-free local produce and all-natural proteins never wavers, making this sleekly contemporary storefront a bit of heaven for vegans, clean-eaters, and paleo types. For the rest of us hot-pot lovers, the bubbling broth is only an arm’s reach, ready to swiftly cook those choice meats and veggies that are even more succulent dipped in house-made sesame and pomegranate sauces.

FIELD NOTES House-made frozen‑fruit pops are a sweet ending for the ride home, but we also can’t resist the fresh-pressed sugar cane juice for a takeaway refresher.

5675 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim