Where the Chefs Will Eat During DineL.A.

Mary Sue Milliken, Zach Pollack, Michael Hung, Akasha Richmond, and Jessica Christensen look forward to visiting these restaurants

DineL.A. is back on January 19-February 1, with more than 350 restaurants all over the city offering generous prix fixe lunches (from $15 to $25) and dinners (from $30 to $50). This is a celebration of L.A.’s diverse dining scene that aims to encourage food lovers to visit more restaurants than they typically do. So a lot of the chefs participating in DineL.A. will make the rounds and eat at places where they’re not in charge of the kitchen.

Here are where five L.A. chefs are looking to end up during DineL.A. when they’re not behind the stoves at their own busy restaurants.

Mary Sue Milliken, Border Grill
“I rarely go out for a meal because I’m often cooking, but when DineL.A. rolls around I get pretty excited. This year, I’m planning to hit the following restaurants:

Alimento–I haven’t be there yet, but I live for Zach [Pollack]’s cooking and have been trying to find an excuse to go there for weeks. DineL.A. is the perfect time.

Post & Beam–My mom has been bugging me to take her to visit Govind [Armstrong], and this will be a great time to take her. We all worked together at City long ago–so it will be a fun reunion.

Michael’s in Santa Monica–I adore Michael McCarty, he always makes me feel like a princess. So maybe I’ll find a way to sneak out and treat myself especially well during the next two weeks. I hope so.

Lukshon–This is my neighborhood spot, and I’m excited to try their menu for DineL.A.”

Zach Pollack, Alimento
“While I am usually in the kitchen preparing for those who will come enjoy Alimento’s DineL.A. offerings, I do look forward to catching up and visiting with old friends to see what they have up their proverbial sleeves, like Suzanne Goin and Lauren Herman at A.O.C. or Suzanne Tracht at Jar. Checking out the fare by the crew over at Faith & Flower has been on my list for a while.”

Michael Hung, Faith & Flower
“If I get a chance to get away during DineL.A., I would love to check out Cliff’s Edge. Chef Vartan [Abgaryan] is doing some interesting and creative flavor combinations, some of which I got a teaser of at last year’s anniversary dinner. I would like to get the full experience.”

Akasha Richmond, Akasha
“I love Sotto, and Steve Samson really knows authentic Italian cooking, and I love talking to him about Italy. They have a great wine list as well. I have been wanting to try The Gadarene Swine, and thought it would be a great place to take my chefs. I always want to see what a great chef does with vegetables and have heard so many good things about The Gadarene Swine.”

Jessica Christensen, City Tavern and Rush Street
Willie Jane, because as a cook from North Carolina I am always wanting to see what other Southern menus have to say. I want to check out Night + Market during DineL.A. because basically Kris [Yenbamroong] and his restaurants are rad.”