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6703 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles , CA , United States http://www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com
(323) 935-2977

In a town where “hot” restaurants tend to be gargantuan, dramatic spaces filled with see-and-be-seeners, Karen and Quinn Hatfield’s spare, intimate restaurant keeps the focus where it belongs: on the food. The Hatfields (whose combined resumes include stints at Spago, Gramercy Tavern, Jean Georges, and Bouley) create dishes that pair fresh, locally grown ingredients with classical French technique. The results—starters like creamy Dungeness crab salad with a sauté of pea tendrils, and entrées like mint-and-date-crusted Colorado rack of lamb with potato-chive purée—change seasonally, but are always dazzling. If they’re available, don’t miss Karen’s sugar- and spice-dusted beignets with Venezuelan chocolate fondue and a vanilla-chai milkshake shot; they’re worth saving room for.

Tip: Reserve your table at least a week ahead; the restaurant has only 48 seats.

From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List

Last fall, <a href="/bestnewchefs/?year=2006&chef=C5BEC90E-206F-4B65-B732510A58A08DDC">Mary Dumont (an F&W Best New Chef 2006)</a> took over this Harvard Square institution. She has updated the traditional New England menu with some daring combinations, such as grilled duck breast with a lemongrass-prosciutto broth.

We loved: Crispy Kurobuta pork belly “BLT,” with tomato confit and braised lettuce.

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