Because every Angeleno loves to eat, even if he has to valet, we bring you Table Stakes: a series that answers man’s eternally recurring question (“Uh, what’s new?”), and recurs once every lunar cycle or so. Bon appétit.
You’re here for: Breakfast or lunch at a booth at Smorgasburg
You’re dining on: Either a plain, everything or cinnamon raisin with homemade lox or cream cheese. These bagels are baked in a pizza oven, and emerge crispy on the outside and airy on the inside.
You’re here for: Lunch or dinner with an adventurous eater.
You’re dining on: Galbijjim, a spicy short rib stew that comes out piping hot in a big clay bowl.
859 S. Western Ave. (map)
West 3rd St.
You’re here for: A swanky and happening Italian restaurant from Alessandro Del Piero, a legendary soccer player who captained Turin-based side Juventus for more than a decade. Consider it for a group date or business dinner.
You’re dining on: The Smorfia, a wood-fired pizza with a 24-month aged prosciutto de Parma. Order some olives and the carpaccio for the table, too.
You’re here for: Dinner with the amigos.
You’re dining on: Food that goes with Belgian-style beer. So cheese croquettes and bready things. You can drink and eat late here.
You’re here for: A romantic date. This is 20-course fine-dining experience, in which the food is presented like fine art. You’ll need to buy tickets, which include a wine pairing.
You’re dining on: It’s set a special counter in the kitchen of the Bazaar, and the menu is made by chefs Aitor Zabala and José Andrés. Some dishes will be traditional. Others will be molecular.