In an effort to challenge the culture of going to a restaurant, ordering food for yourself and not sharing it, chef Ted Hopson wants you to interact with your dining companions at The Bellwether in Los Angeles.
“I got bored of the idea of an entrée,” says Hopson. “It’s so not interesting to me.”
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At his Studio City restaurant, Hopson serves inventive “share a little” small plates that take you around the world. There’s a hamachi crudo Caesar, pork-and-beef meatballs (a rare nod on the menu to Hopson’s Italian heritage) and pozole verde with braised pork cheeks. Hopson makes avocado hummus with fresh za’atar. His tempura cauliflower pops with Thai flavors, including fish sauce.