8 Sunday Suppers Worth Sampling
By Eric Rosen
Thomas Keller’s Bouchon offers a prix-fixe three-course dinner on Sundays.
Though he made a name for himself earning more Michelin stars than any other American chef, Thomas Keller keeps it simple on Sundays with a three-course prix-fixe menu featuring salad, roast chicken (served with seasonal sides), and dessert. The salad and dessert will change weekly. 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-9910
This former Rat Pack rendezvous can be your Sunday supper spot thanks to a special weekly menu that includes three courses for $15, with house wine and Peroni beer available for an additional charge. Recent dishes have included grilled Belgian endive with goat cheese and herbs, squash gnocchi fritto with pistachios and brown butter sage, and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Frank and Sammy never had it so good here. 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-652-2335
Every Sunday night is like a dinner party at Mark Gold’s intimate Beverly Boulevard boîte thanks to the congenial seasonal suppers he whips up each week. Recent menu items have included prime beef short ribs with pomme puree and horseradish crème fraîche, and Dover sole with brioche, lemon, parsley, and brown butter. Too bad all your dinner parties can’t be this delicious. 7458 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-634-0700
It’s not every week, but from time to time, this Sunset Strip hot spot with some of the best views in LA hosts Sunday suppers that include not only a unique menu of seasonal ingredients, but also specialty cocktails and a cooking demonstration. Past events have even included a whole roasted pig and lamb as the showstoppers. 8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-239-1630
Probably the best-known (and best-attended) Sunday supper series in town, and one that has spawned its own cookbook, chef Suzanne Goin’s weekly event never disappoints. After all, how could you not love a sample menu that starts with items like chicken liver crostini with Black Mission figs, crispy pancetta, and aged balsamic; continues with lamb osso bucco with white beans, black olives, and pine nuts; and finishes with a crisp Pink Lady apple crostata with crème fraîche and rum raisin ice cream? 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-655-6277
Noir Food & Wine
Like the other Sunday suppers around town, the special menu at this popular Pasadena eatery changes every time (it’s not held every week), but it is always four courses at a $40 prix fixe and includes both a salad and appetizer of the chef’s suggestion, a hearty entrée choice of meat, chicken, or fish and a special dessert of the chef’s choosing. Picky eaters need not worry—you can still order à la carte items from the Wine Bistro Menu. 40 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, 626-795-7199
Chef Casey Lane fires up his signature buttermilk fried chicken exclusively on Sunday and Monday nights at his Downtown gastropub. He serves it with seasonal trimmings that included grilled peaches over the summer, Brussels sprouts drizzled with date vinaigrette this past fall, and he plans to use heirloom tomatoes and arugula this winter. Sounds like the perfect start of the week. 840 S. Spring St., LA, 213-225-2400
Café Del Rey
Have your Sunday Supper seaside at this Marina mainstay. The $45 prix-fixe menu courtesy of executive chef Daniel Roberts includes three courses of Mediterranean-inspired dishes showcasing seasonal stars such as kabocha squash bisque with toasted pepitas and diced apples. Good thing that fresh sea air works up an appetite. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310-823-6395
Cover shoot: September 2014 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.