It’s a Draw: Two French Onion Soups Win the “Best of LA” Title

We just couldn’t pick between these classic and nouveau versions of the soothing French staple. Here’s a side-by-side comparison to help you choose which sounds best to you.

OLD SCHOOL
Le Petit Bistro
631 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood 

Cheese: A lid of ooey-gooey torched Gruyère
Bread: The usual—crusty French, thinly sliced 
Broth: One ladleful of caramelized onions in beef stock
Vessel: A small, no-frills, vintage brown crock 

NEW SCHOOL
Bottega Louie
700 S. Grand Ave., downtown 

Cheese: Browned and bubbly mozzarella and provolone
Bread: Toasted ciabatta, cut an inch thick
Broth: Onions and chicken stock enriched with marsala
Vessel: A lion’s head bowl dripping with fromage

 Illustration by Alice Tait


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