No. 40: Girasol

Studio City

After a stint on Top Chef, C.J. Jacobson worked for a spell at Nordic forager king René Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen. Now practicing his craft on a Studio City corner, he applies some of that sensibility to local produce. That’s lovage butter you’re spreading on warm bread. Meyer lemon lifts the skin of roasted chicken breast; the wildness of a sweet clover reduction lingers in a brined pork chop. A neighborhood favorite, Girasol (“sunflower,” in Spanish) is as inviting as it is inventive, an excuse for people on the other side of the hill to visit a busy stretch of the Valley.  

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