You might know chef Brandon Boudet from his Cajun-inflected Italian food at Little Dom’s. Or you might know him from smashing the competition in the “Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner” themed episode of Chopped, also known as the best cooking show of all time that isn’t Top Chef or Barefoot Contessa. Either way, all you have to know is that he eats around a lot, and you can learn a thing or two from his ten favorite dishes:
Whenever I’m feeling homesick and craving New Orleans food, I head to Harold and Belle’s for a heaping bowl of their hearty gumbo. I recommend the filé gumbo, made with ground sassafras, dark roux, shrimp, sausage, ham, blue crab and chicken. The perfect comfort food for cooler days.
This Los Feliz hole in the wall makes incredible banh mi. My favorite one is the roasted pork (thit nuong) banh mi, which they only serve on Fridays, so set a reminder!
You can’t go wrong with any pizza from Village Pizzeria, but my personal favorite has to be the Village special, Sicilian (thick crust), loaded with homemade meatballs, homemade sausage, pepperoni, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, olives and anchovies.
Another dish that brings back memories of growing up in New Orleans, this sandwich is made up of slow-roasted pork, LOTS of garlic, raw onion and lemon pressed between a soft yet crunchy bolillo.
La Cabañita’s chuleta en chile pasilla reminds me of the sort of neighborhood soul food that I ate growing up in New Orleans. They’re these super tender pork chops smothered in sauce with rice and cheese-topped black beans.
When I’m craving tacos, Guisados is a no brainer. My two go-to’s are the tinga de pollo (Shredded chicken breast braised with tomatoes, cabbage, choiroz and chipotle) and bistek en salsa roja (Flank steak simmered with red bell peppers and tomatoes, topped with chile de arbol, avocado and black beans.)
This Silver Lake staple serves up a mean medianoche. With roasted pork, ham and swiss sandwiched between sweet bread, it’s a simple yet satisfying Cuban delight.
I’ve got to tip my hat to Chef Vic Casanova. As an Italian chef from a large Italian family, I’m a tough critic when it comes to meatballs, but the meatballs at Gusto never disappoint.
This is my go-to spot when I feel a cold or flu coming on. Highly recommend the acai superfood mousse and the chocolate ice cream with jing herbs. You read that correctly. There is such a thing as healthy ice cream.
It’s no longer a secret that this hole-in-the-wall Silver Lake Vietnamese joint serves up some of the best, most flavorful pho in LA. I’m all about the pho tai (filet mignon), but I recommend that you save room for some cha gio (crispy fried egg rolls) too.