Restaurant recommendations, new openings, and highlights from the LA Chowhound community.
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.
As its name implies, Orleans & York Deli specializes in classic New Orleans and New York dishes, including gumbo, muffulettas, and NYC-style heros. The shrimp po’ boy (pictured) is a must, as is the fried catfish. Be sure to try the addictive homemade hot sauce too.
Beef heart anticuchos, shrimp chupe, and beef seco (pictured) are just a few of the Peruvian eats available at Casa Inka, a Chowhound favorite in Fountain Valley. Seafood fans will dig the pescado a lo macho, a fried fish fillet topped with shrimp, calamari, scallops, and mussels in a light cream sauce.
For many revelers, a celebratory meal calls for fine food in a stunning environment. Check out this discussion of LA-area restaurants that 'hounds consider the most beautiful in the region.
Visitors to Go Burger in Hollywood may not suspect that the hanger steak and fries is not to be missed, given the restaurant's name. But a local Chowhound reports that the tender meat comes with a nice char and is drizzled with chimichurri sauce.