The 7 Best Things to Eat in Los Angeles This October
Get your palate ready for fall by enjoying some fancier meals (pressed duck at a new French spot), some richer flavors (miso-charred salmon) and a sugar coma (mmm, chocolate and ricotta budino). See what we’re hungry for right now.
1. PRESSED DUCK AT SANTA MONICA’S NEW FANCY FRENCH RESTO
At Pasjoli, the rich-tasting and classically French dish canard à la presse is created tableside using a specially designed press that releases the fowl’s juices. It’s $165 for two, and you have to reserve a day ahead, but that gives you time to anticipate how delish your meal is going to taste between sips of vin rouge.
2732 Main St., Santa Monica; 424-330-0020 or pasjoli.com
2. OYSTER PO’ BOY AT THE LITTLE JEWEL OF NEW ORLEANS
The cool weather has you in the mood to carbo-load, so indulge yourself at this Southern restaurant just north of DTLA. Plump fried chunks of oyster are piled high onto fat, fresh-baked bread along with tomatoes, lettuce and pickles. And plenty of mayo. Ask for hot sauce or pick up your own bottle from the attached market and take it home with you.
207 Ord St.; 213-620-0461 or littlejewel.la
3. CRUDITÉS MARTINI AT BON TEMPS
There’s breakfast, lunch and dinner service at Bon Temps, the new French bistro with a brick-lined patio in the Arts District. But cocktail hour is your target, because then you can order the freshest martini around, made with Plymouth extra-dry gin, carrot eau-de-vie and cucumber and snap pea essence.
712 S. Santa Fe Ave.; 213-784-0044 or bontempsla.com
4. Miso Salmon at Pikoh
Famed Peruvian chef Ricardo Zarete has opened this casual all-day spot that’s less formal but just as delicious as his hit restaurant Rosaline. The umami-rich salmon has a charred fillet, grilled asparagus, artichoke hearts, quinoa and citrus. Just the thing for meatless Mondays.
11940 W. Pico Blvd.; 310-928-9344 or pikohla.com
5. Chocolate and Ricotta Budino at Antico
Stripes are in for fall. Specifically, this striped dessert, assembled from layers of chocolate pudding, whipped ricotta and—wait for it—chocolate cookie crunch.
4653 Beverly Blvd.; 323-510-3093 or antico-la.com
6. Saffron Latte from the Fullest
Want a healthy, non-caffeinated pick-me-up? Try a saffron latte: You make it by whipping a tablespoon of the Fullest’s wellness powder into steamed milk. It’s also supposed to reduce PMS symptoms and ward off depression, but we’re happy with its warm rich taste as a coffee replacement alone.
Buy it at thefullest.com
7. Crudo at Ronan
It’s a hipster Italian joint best known for its classic and creative pizzas (pears and petals as a topping, anyone?). But the Baja Kanpachi crudo, with salted watermelon, shishito relish and wild fennel, makes this spot worth visiting on your non-cheat days as well.
7315 Melrose Ave.; 323-917-5100 or ronanla.com