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 talk to Karen and Quinn Hatfield, chefs/owners of Hatfield's and Sycamore Kitchen.
Chefs Karen and Quinn Hatfield's list of favorites reads like a who's who of hip Los Angeles restaurants, with a few lesser-known spots thrown in. Here, in no particular order, are 10 of the power couple's favorite places to eat around town.
10. Pailin Thai:
“We have been eating here for years. The Gai Lan with fried pork belly is so good.”
9. Malibu Seafood:
“This is a really charming place right on the PCH. We get the fried fish and sit on picnic benches with our BYOB beers.”
“Amazing view. It's hard to find such a festive restaurant in L.A. They had one of the best foie gras dishes in town, prior to the ban. Now we need to go back and find a new favorite.”
7. Tar & Roses:
“We have been spreading the word about this place, as it's a really stand-out restaurant. If you are on the Westside, it's a must. They have a fantastic braised lamb belly.”
“Jason Travi is one of L.A.'s great chefs, and littlefork is a really charming neighborhood joint. We like to sit at the bar and eat brisket and clam fritters.”
5. Bar Ama:
“The puffy fried taco is awesome. That's really all you need to know.”
4. Son of a Gun:
“This is our favorite lunch spot in town. Great food and a fun vibe.”
3. Drago Centro:
“If we want a more sophisticated night out, this is the spot. We send people here all the time and they always come back raving. The food, beverage program and service are all exceptional.”
“Now an institution, the Hungry Cat remains so simple and satisfying. I can't imagine a better Sunday morning than starting at the Hollywood farmers market and ending up at the Hungry Cat for cocktails and brunch.”
1. Red Medicine:
“It's rare to find this level of accessibility and ease at a restaurant that is creating such boundary-pushing artistic food. I guess that's why we have eaten here more than most restaurants around town.”
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