West Hollywood, CA 90069
Aaron Cook Christiaan's G ’n’ T at Lucques
- Tue.-Sat., noon-2:30 p.m.; dinner, Mon.-Tue., 6-9:30 p.m.; Wed.-Thu., 6-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 6-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 5-9:30 p.m.
- Vegetarian Friendly, Local Ingredients, Catering, Fireplace, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Prix Fixe
- Lunch, Dinner
- Full bar
- Valet Parking
- Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
One of L.A.'s most iconic restaurants celebrates its 20th anniversary in September. Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne transformed the rustic old carriage house of the Harold Lloyd estate into a cozy WeHo neighborhood spot with ever-changing seasonal menus and cocktails. The Sunday Suppers at Lucques are legendary, thanks to chef Javier Espinoza's imagination, and the menu changes every week. There's cassoulet night, which includes salad of young greens and Saint Agur blue cheese with local walnuts, Banyuls and wildflower honey; cassoulet de maison, made of duck confit, pork confit, garlic sausage and white beans; and for dessert, gâteau Basque with prune-armagnac ice cream and almonds. Master mixologist Christiaan Rollich creates most of his own spirits, bitters and liqueurs for such signature drinks as the Lucques negroni with gin, sweet vermouth and house-made Italian-style bitter liqueur. Try the house specialty, Christiaan's G 'n' T, a floral concoction of house-made gin and tonic with lemongrass and aromatics. Ribfest is an annual event featuring smoked lamb, beef and pork ribs, with scents wafting up and down Melrose for two days. Special drinks for the annual event include the longhorn lemonade and a pistolero. This James Beard Award winner never gets old. —Michele Stueven
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