Eva: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011
"We only wanted to be loved," howled PiL's John Lydon. And there is almost nothing Eva's Mark Gold, a veteran of Joachim Splichal's haute cuisine armies of the night, will not resort to if he thinks it might make you love him, too. Fancy an all-you-can-eat fried chicken night? Done. Reasonably priced cocktails? Sure. Pork belly confit, chicken Milanese and halibut with smoked potatoes? You don't even have to ask. Sunday family dinners you might actually want to bring your family to? Sure. Eva is a cozy bistro friendly to kids and regulars, neither too loud nor too brightly lit, with a gently priced wine list and a market-driven seasonal Cal-Med menu at popular prices. Nobody will tell you, unless you ask, that the meats are cooked sous vide, that somebody shlepped to the farmers market at 7 a.m. to pick out the baby carrots or that the intricately carved fingerlings come from Weiser, the local god of potatoes, but if you've spent much time in better Los Angeles restaurants, you just know: Gold pays attention to the details. 7458 Beverly Blvd., L.A. (323) 634-0700, evarestaurantla.com. Lunch, Fri., noon-2 p.m.; dinner, Tues.-Sat., 5:30-10 p.m.; Sun. brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun. family dinner, 4-9 p.m. Full bar. Valet parking. All major CC. California.
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Church & State
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El Huarache Azteca
Euro Pane Bakery
Fab Hot Dogs
Good Girl Dinette
La Casita Mexicana
Lazy Ox Canteen
Meals by Genet
Musso & Frank Grill
Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant
Night + Market
101 Noodle Express
Palate Food + Wine
Pollos a la Brasa
Sapp Coffee Shop
Son of a Gun
Tacos Baja Ensenada
Waterloo & City
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