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FOOD & DRINK guide Crustacean L.A.’s most elegant Vietnamese restaurant reflects the royal lineage of its chef/founder, Helene An. Try “An’s Famous Roasted Crab” with garlic sauce or shaken beef with red potatoes, red onions and roma tomatoes. Top your meal off with the garlic noodles which are not to be missed. 9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., 310.205.8990, houseofan. com $$$$ Cut Ten years ago, Wolfgang Puck said he was going to reinvent the steakhouse, and that’s exactly what he did with the help of acclaimed designer and architect Richard Meier, who created this bright, airy and casual steakhouse with a glorious exhibition kitchen. Today, as he and executive chef Ari Rosenson celebrate a decade of success, locals and visitors alike flock here for some of the finest steaks on the West Coast. Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., 310.275.5200, wolfgangpuck. com $$$$ The Grill on the Alley Easily mistaken for the William Morris Endeavor Entertainment’s lunchroom, The Grill is crawling with Hollywood agents and their clients. Classic chophouse fare is the draw, including a legendary Cobb salad, big steaks, fat burgers, grilled fish and chicken potpie. 9560 Dayton Way, 310.276.0615, thegrill. com $$$ La Scala This popular lunch destination has been a favorite among the neighborhood for more than 55 years. Most of Old Hollywood would sit in the dark red booths and enjoy L.A.’s original chopped salad. Consistently packed both inside and on its patio, this mainstay remains a top pick. 434 N. Cañon Drive, 310.275.0579, lascalabeverlyhills. com $$$ Maude TV personality Curtis Stone shows his true culinary prowess in the kitchen of this intimate prix fixe-only Beverly Hills restaurant. Each month the menu spotlights one ingredient either as the star of a dish or as an accoutrement. The parade of beautiful raviolis, diminutive salads and soups, and either grilled or roasted seafood and meats is stunning. 212 S. Beverly Drive, 310.859.3418, $$$$ Polo Lounge The Beverly Hills Hotel’s iconic restaurant is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch on the gorgeous outdoor patio, where you are almost sure to see A-listers. The McCarthy chopped salad is a favorite, as is the tortilla soup with jidori chicken, queso fresco and avocado. Spring for dessert—the funnel cake bananas Foster doesn’t disappoint. The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., 310.276.2251, $$$$ Porta Via This BH staple attracts a cross section of the neighborhood’s elite for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The extensive menu offers favorites like fresh salads, a craveable burger and its ever-popular lasagna. Complementing its cuisine, the restaurant’s wine program is impressive, with nearly 150 wines from around the world. 424 N. Canon Drive, 310.274.6534, portaviabh. com $$$ Spago Wolfgang Puck’s iconic eatery’s seasonal menu boasts market-driven fare and new classics like the veal filet mignon tartare, but beloved favorites such as the smoked salmon pizza and wiener schnitzel are always available upon request. 176 N. Canon Drive, 310.385.0880, $$$$ Spice Affair Modern Indian cuisine is taken to another level at Spice Affair. Dishes like tandoori artichoke hearts (gluten free), Coco-Li-Flower (vegan), chargrilled lobster and the butter chicken are favorites, TOP FIVE Fry-Day Crispy, curly or crinkled, L.A.’s fry scene has it all. Here are some of the best baskets the City of Angels has to offer. –Betty Ann Graham Cassell’s Hamburgers Koreatown hot spot Cassell’s sits inside the ubertrendy Hotel Normandie. The resto’s patties have withstood the test of time—since 1948—and, with that, so have the fries. Be sure to try accoutrements such as the in-house mayo made from Chino Valley Ranchers organic eggs and a secret seasoning on top of the crispy, 3/8-inch-thick-cut Kennebec potatoes. Koreatown, 213.387.5502, Chateau Marmont Helmed by executive chef Dean Yasharian, the traditional American restaurant attached to the famed hotel and its bungalows boasts some of the most cravable fries in town. For late-nighters, Parmesan truffle fries are on offer, perfect to share with the table... or not. West Hollywood, 323.848.5908, Cassell’s Hamburgers’ french fries with housemade mayo gastropub is best-known for its Office Burger, plus European-inspired fare that features locally sourced ingredients. Whether you’re craving the sweet potato frites or the traditional frites with a side of garlic parsley aioli, you can count on these taters to be some of the freshest around. Culver City, 310.736.2224, The Tower Bar The historic 1929 West Hollywood hotel has a new story to be told—one of perfectly fried French fries. Casually sit poolside enjoying a stunning view of the city while snacking on the classic side from the Afternoon Bites menu, which can be tossed in truffle oil on request. Or, head indoors for a more elegant experience and pair them with the unbeatable Tower Burger. West Hollywood, 323.654.7100, Wally’s Beverly Hills As the ultimate Father’s Office Top Chef Masters alum Sang Yoon knows how to make a mean burger with a set of delectable fries to match. The Culver City wine bar for the Beverly Hills set, here you’ll find fine vino pairings with three mouthwatering varieties of pommes frites. Take your pick: skinny served with Wally’s famous ketchup; truffle with grated Parmesan and shaved burgundy truffles; or twice-fried smashed fingerling potatoes with truffle salt. Bon appetit! Beverly Hills, 310.475.3540, 132 ANGELENO MAY 2017 | MODERNLUXURY.COM PHOTO BY JOEY RUBIN

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