Recently, popular culinary website The Daily Meal compiled its list of the top 101 restaurants in America, including 10 locations in Los Angeles, California. Representative of the city’s unique cultural blend, the restaurants combine influences from around the world, offering innovative dishes that have made them leading destinations for diners in the Los Angeles area.
The Daily Meal’s top three L.A. restaurants include Osteria Mozza, a venture by chefs Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, and Joe Bastianich. A baker, Silverton revitalized artisanal bread in American culinary culture with La Brea Bakery, while Batali and Bastianich are widely recognized as experts in Italian cuisine. Together at the Melrose Avenue establishment, they offer a mozzarella bar and a variety of unique and sophisticated dishes, including calf’s brain ravioli, pancetta-wrapped quail, and duck al mattone.
Led by well-known culinary innovator José Andrés, Bazaar approaches traditional cuisine with a fresh, exciting perspective. The multi-part restaurant leads guests on a culinary journey through individual dining areas such as the SAAM tasting room, where guests can sample more than 15 courses personally crafted by Chef Andrés.
Topping the list is Animal, a popular destination for locals, tourists, and chefs alike. At its consistently crowded location on L.A.’s Fairfax Avenue, it offers thoughtfully developed dishes based around both classic and exotic meats. Award-winning chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotoli create specialties including marrow bone with chimichurri sauce and caramelized onion, and crispy pig head served with bulldog sauce, soy egg, and short-grain rice.