The latest from prolific restaurateur George Abou-Daoud shares a wall and a chef with his casual wine bar, the Mercantile. Kris Morningstar, formerly of Blue Velvet, heads both kitchens, but District goes higher and heavier with its menu. Duck fat Yorkshire puddings inaugurate a meal that might include Aleppo pepper-spiced shrimp and grits, an Asian-tinged soft-boiled egg on crispy rice, and a Black Forest soufflé. Everything’s an indulgence, so pack your Lipitor. Retro cocktails cut through the richness. » 6600 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood (323-962-8200). D Tue.-Sun. Full bar. New American   $$$

Photograph by Jessica Boone