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The Everyday Gourmet: Suzanne Goin
[The Larder at Maple drive, The Larder at Tavern, Tavern, A.O.C., Lucques]
Why We Picked Her: She’s no newbie to best chef lists, but the SoCal cuisine queen has wooed us all over again by knowing that sometimes we just need a sandwich—albeit a superior one made with locally sourced produce on artisanal bread. Perhaps we’ll indulge in a chewy-crispy chocolate chip cookie for dessert. While we’re at it, how about an herb-roasted chicken to take home? Goin’s Larder creations are as thought-out and refined as anything you’d get for dinner at Lucques but as approachable as something Mom would make. Far-out Takeout: “It’s been a wonderful challenge to come up with ways to deliver my food in a way that people can enjoy at home. Potpies, daubes, free-form pasta dishes in oven-able containers—I’ve had fun figuring out the puzzle to make it work.” » A.O.C.: 8022 W. 3rd St., Beverly Grove, aoc winebar.com. The Larder at Maple Drive: 345 N. Maple Dr., Beverly Hills, thelarderattavern.com. Lucques: 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, lucques.com. Tavern/the Larder at Tavern: 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, tavernla.com.