The Burns family has a long history in the L.A. restaurant scene, dating back to 1918 with the Robert Burns Pharmacy and soda fountain in Beverly Hills. The clan’s latest is this simple American bistro.
Neighborhood: Beverly Hills
On the one hand, this is a steak house in a mall. On the other, it’s a fine-tuned Michael Mina operation where the overall experience adds up to more than the sum of its parts.
Surrounded by dozens of plasma TVs, twenty- and thirtysomethings play Trivial Pursuit, Scattergories, and billiards…
It doesn’t get much more picturesque than the marina-adjacent fire pit tables atCast & Plow, the Ritz-Carlton’s new iteration of its hotel restaurant.
Neighborhood: Marina del Rey
This is the only place we know of to find spicy meat loaf with red beans and rice, sashimi samplers, and Mexican tapas all under one roof.
At Burbank’s family-run Chili John’s, the generous bowls of red are of the most elemental Texas variety: nothin’ but high-quality beef suet, garlic, and a proprietary spice blend that favors cayenne’s stiff kick.
The rustic charm of fried clam bellies and a loaded lobster roll have New England transplants (including chef Michael Cimarusti) feeling homesick.
Neighborhood: West Hollywood