At Crème Caramel LA in Sherman Oaks, custard cups rule the roost—especially the original French custard, a family recipe. The unique flavors, from ube (purple yam) to masala chai, are worth a trek to the San Fernando Valley.
For seriously inspired Mexican eats—think avocado frito with mango and coconut, plus wild boar chilaquiles—bypass downtown and land at Bell’s Corazon y Miel, brought to you by Eduardo Ruiz, formerly of Animal. The bar program is just as interesting as the food menu, from the Borra-Chata (horchata spiked with rum) to the Salsa Verde, made with jalapeño-infused tequila, tomatillo, and more.
After much anticipation, Beijing-based Meizhou Dongpo has opened its doors in the Westfield Century City mall. Despite speculation that typical Sichuan spice levels are being tailored to the restaurant’s Westside audience, a tender pork hock and whole fish in tomato sauce have impressed early guests.
Westwood is a treasure trove of incredible Persian eats, but Chowhounds have their favorite gems among the glitter and gold. Next time you're craving a serious lamb shank or tahdig (golden crusted rice), let 'hounds steer you in the right direction.
After recent changes to the kitchen staff, Samosa House West should be back on your culinary must-visit map, according to Chowhound Moomin. While steam tray items like jackfruit and cauliflower pakora are still available, there’s now a prominently posted chaat menu offering freshly made street snacks like dabeli and Dahi puri.
Chowhound member SIMIHOUND is thrilled with two winning diners in a Simi Valley shopping plaza: Burger Express Fresh Mexican Grill, and Ferretiz Grill and Cafe. The menu at the former is as bulky as the restaurant’s name, with breakfast plates, sandwiches, and a serious list of Mexican entrées like chile Colorado and sopes. At Ferretiz Grill and Cafe, it’s the breakfast menu that’s extensive. Start with a homemade biscuit and then go where the wind takes you, be it a short stack or the Frisco Burger on Texas cheese toast.
The Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena lures guests with beautiful suites and lush grounds, and the well-executed eats at The Royce sweeten the pot even more. The restaurant specializes in meats grilled over white oak—consider the hanger steak with chimichurri or the sirloin with Béarnaise—but other dishes hit the mark as well, including the lobster bisque and warm kale salad.