Everything a James Beard Award-Winning Chef Eats in Los Angeles

You’re visiting Los Angeles, and there’s no time to waste—there are Impossible Burgers to devour and lavender hazelnut milk cold brew to sip. Sherry Yard, a James Beard Award-winning chef, cookbook author, frequent Food Network personality and COO at iPic Entertainment, has some ideas for you. Here’s what she eats when she’s in Los Angeles (besides her own caramel flan cheesecake, of course).

Your Guide to the Most Perfect Three-Day Weekend in Los Angeles


“Chef Akasha Richmond is the goddess of all things California and the farmers’ market. Make sure to try the taco salad.”

9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA;

Manhattan Beach Post

“OK, yes, this one is outside of L.A. But get in your car and drive up Culver Blvd. to the sand and sea and make a left! David’s oasis at the beach is 15 minutes away. He makes every dish with his passionate artisan flair. I love the pomegranate couscous feta starter, the Fee Fi Fo Fum fries and the slow-roasted chicken. Oh, and his biscuits are to die for!”

1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA;

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“I could eat here every day. At Baroo, you taste with your eyes first—every plate is a work of art. Then close your eyes when you eat, and it’s a thoughtful adventure in your mouth.”

5706 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA;


“I would be remiss if I didn’t say this one. Whether going to the bar for ‘snacks’ or a 12-course dining experience, Spago is—and will always remain—the emperor of cuisine in L.A.”

176 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA;


“Zach Pollack’s touch with northern Italian cuisine makes me swoon. (And don’t miss his other restaurant, Cosa Buona. Four words: smoked mozzarella sticks. Divine!)”

1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA;

71 Above

“It doesn’t get better than this. The view! Vartan Abgaryan’s seasonal menu! Go with six people, order one of each course he offers and share.”

633 W. Fifth St., Fl. 71, Los Angeles, CA;


“When I want to feel decadent and pampered, Maude is the go-to. Sit back and let Curtis and chef Justin Hilbert do the cooking. Order the wine tasting, too, for zero decisions.”

212 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA;


“So classic and perfect, and the service is spot on (they even put fresh juice in my Elder Collins). I love the roasted prime rib and loaded potato.”

Locations in Pasadena and Manhattan Beach;

The Fountain Coffee Room

Breakfast is my jam. This is a secret staycation spot for me, hidden inside the Beverly Hills Hotel. Sit at the counter and watch the oranges being squeezed for your juice, and order over-the-top waffles or a perfect omelet. Oh, and every pie in the case is made from scratch…so leave room for dessert!”

9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA;

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Nate 'n Al Delicatessen

“Breakfast again! Order eggs and onions, and ask for Gloria.”

414 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA;

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From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.