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The Hart and The Hunter

7950 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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Photo: Anne Fishbein


  • Sun-Mon 7am-11:30am, Sun, Tue-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Tue-Sat 7am-3pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Much of chefs Kris Tominaga and Brian Dunsmoor's food is on-the-nose Southern: those biscuits, the pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, a wonderful version of shrimp and grits that absolutely channels the original upscale version of the dish made by Bill Neal at a restaurant called Crook's Corner in North Carolina. If you've never had this dish, or if you've only had hokey, heavy-handed iterations, the version at the Hart and the Hunter in Fairfax isn't a bad place to start. Some of the food is less pointedly Southern: steak tartare, venison carpaccio, kale salad. But the best options are the in-betweeners, the dishes with Southern roots and modern sensibilities. —Besha Rodell

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