California

Restaurants in California

Top Chef Masters-contender Traci des Jardins serves up Mexican street food at Mijita, located in the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. A popular dish is the fish taco; the fish is lightly fried, with a crispy outside and moist inside.

The third location in Charles Phan's Out The Door enterprise (the original was a spin-off of his much-loved Slanted Door), OTD Bush Street offers efficiently prepared Vietnamese fusion in lower Pacific Heights.

Dine on the slate patio of this 15-year-old local institution that serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes made with organic produce from area farmers.

Pick up picnic provisions like gourmet sandwiches and vegan potato salad.

Affable chef-owner Eric Greenspan is passionate about both food and music, which he brings together at his trendy yet intimate restaurant in the heart of the Melrose Avenue shopping district.

The Slow Food movement rules here; look for the cheese soufflé made with local Cypress Grove chèvre.

A meal at El Agave Tequileria is more about the thousands of fine sipping tequilas, although the Nouvelle Mexican cuisine provides a complementary range of new and ancient Hispanic dishes. The restaurant’s Old Town address and downstairs liquor store do not portend the old Spanish interior.

Premium beef, wine by the glass, and a location with a view mark this Santa Monica Blvd.

Order the West Coast rendition of a lobster roll, made with Dungeness crab.

This upscale steakhouse from the Smith brothers–Bob and Gregg–resides on Pasadena’s Arroyo Parkway and specializes in house-aged, hand-cut Prime beef. Available cuts include the filet mignon, Porterhouse, and cowboy rib-eye.