The next time you’re out for a meal, go rogue and order something not on the menu. Ask the server if the chef wants to try out a new dish or if there’s a great seasonal ingredient the kitchen’s trying to utilize.
Even better: When you’re at the following spots, order these dishes.
At Stella Barra: Meatball pizza Sure, you can order a pepperoni pie at this pizzeria--or you can earn envious looks from the next table with one topped with meatballs and giardiniera (Italian pickled veggies). 6372 W. Sunset Blvd. or 2000 Main St., Santa Monica
At Faith & Flower: Truffle custard Throughout fall, chef Michael Hung is serving chawanmushi--a savory Japanese egg dish--with mushrooms, confit chicken and white truffle. 705 W. Ninth St.
At Izakaya Katsuya: Halibut fin Sushi lovers should ask for this extra fatty and flavorful delicacy--and eat it with just lemon and sea salt. 8420 W. Third St.
At Night + Market Song: Fried chicken sandwich What started as the staff’s pre-service meal is now an underground hit: juicy thigh served on a grilled bun and heaped with ranch dressing and marinated green papaya. 9041 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood