Sure, Hollywood has its movie stars, but thanks to the Food Network, Top Chef, an active foodie blogosphere, and good old-fashioned fine food, some of the biggest names in town belong to L.A.’s crop of celebrity chefs. Here are a few whose restaurants warrant their own Walk of Fame.
435 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
With a rotating menu famous for meat-centric dishes like foie gras with biscuits and gravy, “buffalo style” pig tails, crispy rabbit legs, and poutine with oxtail gravy and cheddar, Animal lives up to its feral name. Because of their scruffy appearances and unflagging commitment to serving hard-core decadent “dude food,” chefs John Shook and Vinny Dotolo have been called the Bill and Ted of the culinary world. It’s a contagious philosophy. After rounding out a meal in the unassuming Mid City hot-spot with the infamous bacon chocolate crunch bar, the only appropriate response is “Dude, that was awesome.”
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Renowned chef José Andrés has brought his signature Spanish-style molecular gastronomy to Los Angeles, courtesy of this slick, stylish restaurant in the upscale SLS Hotel. Whether sipping dirty martinis topped with briny olive scented “air” at the sleek long bar, tucking into foie gras cotton candy in the bustling main dining room, or feasting on a 20 course tasting menu in Saam, the hidden restaurant within a restaurant, diners at The Bazaar are in for a spectacular treat.
6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
The chance to sample the velvety, rich cheeses at Mozza’s mozzarella bar is worth a trip to the elegant osteria alone. But Nancy Silverton (along with partners Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich) don’t stop there – serving up sublime pastas like the ricotta and egg raviolo with brown butter and succulent meat and fish secondi. For a more casual experience, head next door to the team’s pizzeria for impeccably constructed thin crust pies with divine toppings (don’t miss the buratta and squash blossom.)
176 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
As the forefather of celebrity chefs, Wolfgang Puck might be content to rest on the laurels of fame, but with dishes like roasted rack of young Sonoma lamb and sweet corn agnolotti served in the urbane Beverly Hills stalwart Spago, Puck and Executive Chef Lee Hefter continue to demonstrate how truly resplendent classic fine dining can be.