Restaurant recommendations, new openings, and highlights from the LA Chowhound community.
For freshly stuffed sausages, deluxe deli sandwiches, and a sizzling rotation of daily specials, Chowhounds recommend Gentleman's Butchershop and Delicatessen in the Palms neighborhood. On Saturdays, look out for hot 'cue from the parking lot grill.
You can’t go wrong with a cortado from Cognoscenti Coffee, but if your belly’s calling for more than just caffeine, you’re in luck: chef Jack Benchakul recently launched a pop-up brunch on Saturdays and Sundays at the tiny Culver City shop.
According to westsidegal, Marina del Rey was a dessert wasteland until the arrival last year of Bonaventura Gelato Lounge. The sample-friendly establishment makes gelato on-site daily using organic fruit, and there are also crêpes, Italian coffees, milk shakes, and smoothies on the menu.
Clusi Batusi Pizzeria opened last summer with a simple design-your-own-pizza format, but Chef Michele Gargani recently unveiled a new and expanded dinner menu that’s turning heads on Chowhound.
From inch-thick, fennel-crusted pork chops to handcrafted pizzas with gluten-free crust options, LA’s Italian restaurants have something for everyone. To help narrow down the selection, check out this Chowhound list of lauded Italian kitchens.
In Santa Ana, Chowhounds recommend Ritter’s for sizable, well-executed Creole dishes. Many entrées, including the excellent house pan roast with seafood in a tomato cream sauce, are prepared in double-walled kettles that are sometimes manned by Chef Ritter himself.
The sweet treats by former Lukshon and Father’s Office pastry chef John Park can now be found at Quenelle, a new dessert parlor on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. Expect gelato, bonbons, pies, cakes, cookies, specialty "push-up" pops, and more.
New York’s Trattoria Dell’Arte sets the antipasto bar quite high, and Chowhound farmertomato put a call out for the closest thing to it in Los Angeles. Here’s where 'hounds say to go.
For vegetarian fare from Southern India, one Chowhound recommends the newly reopened Woodlands in Artesia—it’s had a face-lift since closing a few years back due to a kitchen fire, but the food is as good as ever.
In search of a delightful duck dish? Consult this Chowhound discussion for recommendations that go above and beyond the common Peking duck preparation.