Enjoy the New American cuisine—spicy Louisiana crab cakes, homemade butterscotch sundaes—in the intimate, folksy dining room of this Los Angeles institution, or in its walled outdoor patio covered with climbing roses. However, you’ll probably be too distracted by the celebrity at the table next to you to pay attention to your food. Past sightings include Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, and Ben Affleck. The actress Bai Ling recommends the tarte tatine and the mint tea made with fresh mint leaves, while Donald Trump is partial to the prime rib.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.