Buffalo deviled eggs at Freddy Smalls Bar + Kitchen.

Black Market Liquor Bar
You might not catch her there day-to-day, but executive chef (and Top Chef All-Stars favorite) Antonia Lofaso has her hands all over the menu at this Studio City hot spot where the kitchen whips up plates like the short rib sandwich, oxtail ragu, and peel and eat lemon-pepper shrimp. Also consulting? The La Descarga guys, who created the bar program. 11915 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-446-2533

Blue Cow
You might know chef Josef Centeno from his worldly small-plate eatery Lazy Ox Canteen or his Catalan-inspired Bäco Mercat. But Downtown’s Blue Cow restaurant and sandwich atelier from the Mendocino Farms folks brought him in as a consultant to create a special ham and cheese sandwich with Burgers’ Smokehouse Ozark Attic aged ham, roasted red pepper and walnut whipped ricotta cheese, and pomegranate-horseradish mustard on a freshly toasted buttermilk roll. 350 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-621-2249

Freddy Smalls Bar + Kitchen
This hidden-in-plain-sight West LA gastropub on Pico has a consulting chef, Charlie Parker (who’s often on-site), who earned his stripes at Plum in Oakland. His flash-grilled steak tartare, Buffalo deviled eggs, steamed Manila clams, and roasted beets and burrata are utterly delicious. 11520 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 310-479-3000

LA Market by Kerry Simon
You won’t see him hanging out at L.A. Live, but mop-topped “rock ’n’ roll chef” Kerry Simon created the menu for the expansive lobby restaurant at the JW Marriott Los Angeles Downtown, which bears his hallmark brand of upscale comfort food. Standout dishes include roasted half-chicken with wilted spinach, herb quinoa, jus, and preserved lemon. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., LA, 213-765-8630

Malibu Inn
This legendary coastal California hangout dates back to the 1920s, but its menu has a new lease on life thanks to an overhaul by Top Chef All-Stars competitor Angelo Sosa. The Malibu Clam Chowder is a popular selection from his specialties, as is the pulled-pork sandwich with pickled shallots. 22969 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310-456-1160

Momed
Jeremy Strubel may be lighting up the stoves at the beloved Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen in Santa Monica as executive chef these days, but chances are he brought a strong Mediterranean sensibility with him from his previous stint as a consulting chef at this Beverly Hills eatery, where the menu he oversaw includes zucchini-feta fritters and fig-arugula pide (Turkish flatbread) with caramelized onion and halloumi cheese. 233 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-270-4444

The Roof on Wilshire
Chef Eric Greenspan trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and before opening The Foundry on Melrose in 2007, he was the executive chef at Patina. Despite such a fancy pedigree, the menu he created for The Roof on Wilshire, an alfresco poolside haunt at The Hotel Wilshire, includes casual, crowd-pleasing fare such as the Nori Nachos: crispy rice crackers, tuna tartare, and spicy salmon roe. The Hotel Wilshire, 6317 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-852-6002

The Strand House
If you’ve been missing Neal Fraser’s upscale cuisine while he decides what to make of his forthcoming Downtown restaurant, you can at least get your fix at this oceanside restaurant in Manhattan Beach, where the chef consulted on a menu that includes a host of wood-fired pizzas, farmers’ market-fresh salads, and delicacies like king crab leg with brûléed uni and lemon. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310-545-7470

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