Watermelon with goat cheese and salsa verde at Osteria La Buca
Where to eat now in Los Angeles!
“Hey Brad, where should we eat tonight?” People ask me that constantly. And this is the list I’m currently recommending. Wise-asses take note: This is not an up-to-the-minute accounting of the 10 newest restaurants to open in L.A. this week. Rather, think of it this way: If you were going to take me out to dinner tonight, these are the 10 places I am wholeheartedly recommending right now. Continue reading →
I watched and dined with amazement this year as the earth shook, paradigms shifted and empires crumbled. There’s a new pecking order among L.A.’s fine dining elite: Sona’s gone, Hatfield’s is back and Providence won’t be denied. Television catapulted Michael Voltaggio into the limelight and helped Ludovic Lefebvre prove that a chef doesn’t need a restaurant to become one of the country’s most important culinary stars. This has been one of the brightest years on record for emerging talent, which I believe bodes extremely well for the future of dining in L.A. Meanwhile, Little Tokyo finally flashed across everyone’s radar—and it had nothing to do with Japanese cuisine. And the next Nancy Silverton has been crowned. And with that, I present my 100 favorite restaurants and the winners of our eighth annual awards… Continue reading →
Photography by Peden + Munk for Angeleno magazine.
I’m lifting the first spoonful of celery-root soup to my lips when a camera flashes. Then another. I swivel to see if a celebrity has arrived, but the front door is silent, just a couple of hostesses scrunched over the computer screen. Flash! I turn to look. A young couple is photographing their appetizers: charred Japanese mackerel, and scallops with an apple froth. The mackerel’s silver skin is singed and crinkly. The fish is sliced and propped like dominos, entwined with mizuma, dried pineapple and fried shallots. Flash! I turn the other way. Four elderly women, wielding iPhones, are snapping pictures of their beignets…