Chef Nancy Silverton on Los Angeles
Conny Andersson, the Swedish chef who cooked for what seemed like forever at the Four Seasons hotel, has opened his own place near the beach. It's a chic, casual spot with cement-and-hardwood floors, sleek Scandinavian aesthetics and a global menu emphasizing Swedish classics.
We loved: Blue mussels with spicy duck sausage and pistachio-parsley pesto; skirt steak with soy.
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After making their names with 2 Dudes Catering, F&W Best New Chefs 2009 Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo opened their first restaurant in 2008, a bare-bones space in the skater-punk Fairfax district. They bring a ravenous, carnivorous appetite to classic California cuisine.
We loved: Raw amberjack with blueberries and chiles; biscuits and gravy with seared foie gras.