Where the chefs eat

Union Chef Bruce Kalman's 6 Favorite Places to Eat

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Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM
click to enlarge Chef Bruce Kalman at Union - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Chef Bruce Kalman at Union
Where the Chefs Eat is an ongoing series in which we ask a local chef to give us his or her favorite dining options. This week, we check in with Union's Bruce Kalman. 

Chef Bruce Kalman has been having a great time discovering his new stomping grounds. Since opening Union in Pasadena, the New Jersey native (best known in L.A. for his pickle company, Bruce's Prime Pickle Co.) has spent a lot of time eating his way around the neighborhood, finding the best bets for a hungry chef either pre- or post-shift. Check out his picks, both in and out of Pasadena, below. And check out our review of Union here. 

6. Pollo a la Brasa 

"This place is a classic. Just the smell alone when you walk through the door is worth the trip. I go for the amazing rotisserie chicken with aji sauce and yucca fritz."

5. Tsujita L.A. 
"The pork kakuni here is so luscious and sweet. It's perfectly braised with a bright, flavorful pork broth."

click to enlarge Uni shrimp toast at Paiche - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Uni shrimp toast at Paiche
4. Paiche 
"You can feel the love Ricardo Zarate has for his restaurant and his staff when you walk in the front door. The food is unbelievable and spot on. Love the chicharron de pescado, uni shrimp toast and the ceviche criollo."

3. Mother Dough
"Some of the best Neapolitan pizza I have ever had. Bez [Compani, chef/owner] has so much passion for his craft. I'm a fan of the zucchini pizza with buffalo mozzarella and manchego. It has no sauce — it doesn't need it!"

2. Gus's Barbecue
"The pulled pork tostada is my happy place! Not good for my girlish figure, though. It's all so smokey and well balanced."

click to enlarge The Sooo Cali dog at Dog Haus Biergarten - GUZZLE & NOSH
1. Dog Haus Biergarten
"The Pastrami Dog is insane. I love the guys, love the vibe — and they always have great tunes."

See also: Chef Tin Vuong's 10 Favorite Places to Eat 

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