Chef and co-owner Paul Ragan's Altadena restaurant AltaEats raises the bar when it comes to food options in this small commercial cluster near the base of the San Gabriels. Ragan was trained at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, and the menu at AltaEats showcases his classic technique through dishes like confit and pâté. There's also a reinterpreted Caesar in the form of a Little Gem salad with white anchovies, a regionally appropriate jidori chicken with beets and sweet potatoes, and a grass-fed burger offered as a blackboard special. Spanish-inspired tapas dishes include Brussels sprouts studded with cubes of bacon plus smoky shards of piquillos, and hangar steak frites served over a bed of his bourbon-based interpretation of sauce au poivre. Everything is intended to be shared. AltaEats serves dinner six nights per week, and is closed on Tuesdays.
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Naming a neighborhood restaurant after its own neighborhood, or what's perceived to be its neighborhood, can be dicey business in greater Los Angeles. Take AltaEats, located on North Allen Avenue near New York, for example. Chef and...