The 25 Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Summer 2014


The Best LA Restaurants to Eat at Right Now

 

Cioppino (Ristorante al Mar), Chef Salvatore Sodano (Nikita, Malibu), A.O.C. by chef Suzanne Goin
Cioppino (Ristorante al Mar), Chef Salvatore Sodano (Nikita, Malibu), A.O.C. by chef Suzanne Goin

 

Summer is now in full swing in Los Angeles, with diners enjoying the famous weather that has drawn so many outsiders to the city over the years. Even with the mild winters that make patio dining a possibility year round, there’s something special about eating al fresco this time of year. From sandwiches in Hollywood and pizza in Long Beach to upscale al dente shrimp over the roar of the Pacific in Malibu, here are twenty-five restaurants that feature their outdoor space as much as the cuisine of the chef inside. Presented in alphabetical order, these are GAYOT’s 25 best restaurants to eat at, right now.

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When a Party Becomes a Real Feast

by Sophie Gayot

 

 

Taming the Feast: Ben Ford’s Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking

Chef Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station has brought partying to the next level, and has become famous for that. Ford prefers the get-together to be a big one — one where you roast a whole pig or serve paella for eighty.
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Not Really “A Quick Bite”

Alinea Chicago - Dungeness crab
The 2014 GAYOT.com Restaurant Awards Issue

 

by Sophie Gayot

 

Last week, radio personality David Wilson invited me to discuss GAYOT’s just published 2014 Restaurant Awards Issue on his show, “A Quick Bite.” After an introduction about GAYOT.com, we discussed at length the lists that are included in the tenth edition of GAYOT’s annual restaurant issue.

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National Pancake Day at IHOP

by Sophie Gayot


I mostly review restaurants at dinner, sometimes at lunch, but never at breakfast. However, when I was invited to flip pancakes with Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, I got up (early) and drove to Hollywood this morning.

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Truffle Extraordinaire Part 2

by Sophie Gayot


It seems that chef José Andrés and his culinary team love truffles — and I am glad that they do. Last October, SAAM restaurant, the chef’s tasting room at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, started the second annual Truffle Season Dinner Series with a meal featuring white truffles.


But since black is beautiful, last week the restaurant started offering the black truffle experience. Throughout the 18-course prix-fixe menu, priced at $250 with wine pairings available, diners can discover the culinary creativity and talents of José Andrés, R & D chef Aitor Zabala, chef de cuisine Holly Jivin, and pastry chef Kriss Harvey.

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