Thick cuts of USDA Prime beef distinguished by its tender, marbled texture and choice of five sauces headline the menu at Medium Rare +. Patrons may accessorize a 10-ounce flat iron, seasoned cowboy-style atop an ironing board, with potatoes au gratin and a black-pepper sauce ($15) or opt for a cut of prime rib marinated for 36 hours ($20–$25). Beyond the butter-soft plains of beef, entrees such as roasted chicken with herbs and spices ($14) thrive beside a whitefish that's built, like the Pink Panther franchise, around lemons and capers ($13).
Bistro 39 delivers artistically garnished plates worthy of being tacked to the wall, if only your body's aesthetic urge to interior decorate outweighed its evolutionary desire to gobble up delicious things. Starters such as escargot Bourgogne ($8), Dungeness crab cakes ($8), and classic lobster bisque ($9) provide an opportunity to inform your first selection from Bistro 39's extensive beer and wine list. Main plates hail from salty seas and diverse terrains with options including sautéed lemon-garlic tiger shrimp on a bed of angel-hair pasta ($17) or seared duck with Grand Marnier reduction ($24). The Statue of Liberty's torch is surprisingly small, but the bistro's crème brûlée ($6) leaves American mouths agape with awe.
In 1981, siblings Enrique and Alicia Ramirez opened a small street-side taco stand and began to re-create the dishes of their childhood. The duo grew up in Los Angeles, although their family’s roots were in Guadalajara, the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco. Everything was always made from scratch in the Ramirez household, including tortillas, salsas, beans, and ornamental doilies, so Enrique and Alicia made sure to uphold these DIY traditions at their eatery, Señor Fish.
In the last three decades, Señor Fish has expanded to include seven popular locations throughout LA, each earning regular praise from local media. Yet the siblings are still just as involved in the restaurants' daily operations, captaining kitchen crews as they fold freshly caught seafood into burritos, tacos, and ceviches.
Housed in the Little Tokyo branch of Señor Fish, La Cantina Tequila & Botanas Bar is the restaurant's lounge counterpart, with an extensive selection of premium tequilas and mezcals that complements small plates of tacos, tostadas, and taquitos. Guests linger over sips of Mexican beers on the spacious back patio, which twinkles beneath colorful strings of hanging lights. The cantina also regularly hosts a tequila class in which renowned mixologist David Fleisher leads students through tequila tastings, margarita recipes, and the creation of tequila-based sauces. Other nights, the bar opens its patio to DJed festivities, DJed dance parties, and DJed quilting races.
Chefs at Dog Haus's dual locations fuse German culinary tradition with Southern Californian flavors and ingredients. Six types of sausage, such as skinless beef dogs and gourmet bratwursts, as well as burgers lay sandwiched between pieces of King's hawaiian bread, which wraps contents in the sweet warmth of a quilted scuba suit. Beneath clouds of aromatic steam, bundles sport predetermined fixings or don some of 32 inventive toppings, which include egg, chili, and avocado. In a beer garden at the eatery's original location, German and Californian craft brews flow from taps in sudsy cascades while live musicians serenade sun-steeped diners. Guests avoid overly friendly fire hydrants with free parking, and Dog Haus' staff travels to sate distant appetites with delivery and catering services.
The eponymous hot wings are Alondra's house specialty, fried and served with ranch or blue-cheese dressing, as well as celery and carrot sticks. Choose two sauces to accompany your platter of poignant poultry; options are ranked on a scale from mild to suicide and include such varietals as lemon-pepper, spicy barbecue, maple syrup, and Thai chili. Sate burgeoning grumbles with a six-piece platter served with fries ($7.25), or go deep and gobble up a 50-wing platter ($25.95) and finally prove to friends that commissioning a T-shirt made of wet wipes was a good idea.