Chef Kris Morningstar’s Five Favorite Dishes in L.A.

The man behind Terrine dishes on the city’s best bites

With stints at a.o.c., Opaline, Patina, Ray’s and Stark Bar, and Blue Velvet, Kris Morningstar’s footprints are stamped all over L.A.’s dining scene. Last December, he compiled all those influences—along with an institutional knowledge of charcuterie and a reasonable affinity for fattened duck liver—into Terrine, the tour de force Cali-style brasserie on Beverly Boulevard. Industry folk, local foodies,  and celebrities alike (John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are big fans) congregate on the massive patio for Trout Meunière, beef tartare, and truffle rice agnolotti. But, when Morningstar isn’t busy emulsifying patés and quenelling rillettes, what’s he eating? Here are five of his favorite dishes from around L.A.

1 . Lamb Casarecce at Sotto
“This dish is soulful, elegant, acidic from the Pecorino, and interesting. It’s truly one of a kind.”

2 . Tacos de Jamaica at Broken Spanish
“For the first time in a long time, my mind was blown. Just a stunning taco.”

3 . Green Curry Mussels at Jitlada
“That mussel broth is something everyone should have at least once in their life, if not every day.”

4 . “Southern Fry” Chicken Sandwich at Plan Check
“I eat this two days a week—sometimes it’s my post-service meal. It’s like there are little bits of crack in every bite.”

5 . Boursin Omelette at Petit Trois
“One of the only places, if not the only place, where the omelette is made in the classic way. Elegance in simplicity.”