Three New LA Eateries
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The patio at 31Ten
|The Sunset Stripper burger from Go Burger|
Sides and starters are equally obscenely decadent, especially the duck-fat fries, beer batter-fried dill pickles with ranch-chili paprika dipping sauce, and waffle fries topped with cheddar, sour cream, bacon and pickled jalapeños.
Desserts don’t disappoint either. Made with chocolate-chip cookiedough ice cream and Chips Ahoy!, the Cookie Monster milk shake is a sweetly innocent treat, while in the “Spiked Milkshakes” section, the Aztec Mocha is a naughty concoction of Herradura Silver tequila, coffee ice cream, cayenne pepper and chocolate syrup. Now that’s a sweet ending. 6290 Sunset Blvd., LA; goburger.com
“I want people to come, sit down, relax and know they’ll be taken care of,” says Craig Susser of the philosophy behind his eponymous restaurant on Melrose.
Susser, whom you might recognize from his many years as maître d’ at Dan Tana’s, exalts the sense of community that has packed the new restaurant with regulars from the day it opened. “They molded me, taught me how they want to be treated, and Craig’s is a direct result of that.” Even his chef, Robbie Sarstedt (a veteran of Spago and Boa), grew up in the neighborhood, on Sunset and Doheny.
The restaurant’s expansive teal booths, brick walls with wood paneling and hand-built mahogany bar lend the dining room a Mad Men aesthetic that harkens to an earlier age of fine dining, as does the classically continental menu. Standards include a Green Goddess salad, shrimp cocktail and a steak filet with blue-cheese ravioli. There are also wood-fired pizzas and entrées such as chicken Parmigiana and al dente cavatelli with prosciutto-vodka sauce.
You could opt for the cheesecake or apple pie à la mode for dessert, but once you see the bananas Foster over chocolate waffles, there’s really no other choice. 8826 Melrose Ave., LA; craigs.la
PHOTOGRAPH BY KIM REIERSON (PIZZA)
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.