Let’s Dish: Spring in Southern California

The weather in sunny, Southern California is, for the most part, always ideal but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take time to enjoy Spring in So-Cal. We’re rounding up the best dishes & dining spots in the area and hope you’ll take some time to enjoy one, or all, of the following:

The Little Door Santa Monica
Celebrating their first Easter, The Little Door Santa Monica offers their classic Couscous Royale, a gussied up lamb stew with lamb chops, merguez sausage, roasted vegetables, and couscous. Served traditional style in a tajine with spicy harissa and sweet chutney on the side, this dish has been a staple of Chef T. Nicolas Peter for almost 20 years and is always available on the dinner menu at both The Little Door locations for $44. Also, take advantage of their new French Moroccan Menu offered Sundays and Mondays for $40 this Easter Sunday and experience a French adaption of Moroccan flavors and cuisine. This menu is designed to be shared and features selections like Chicken Tajine with green olives and zucchinis, Grilled Marinated Mediterranean White Sea Bass Tajine, and a selection of Moroccan treats for dessert.
The Little Door SM Couscous Royale (1)

Fogo de Chão Downtown Los Angeles
Celebrate Easter The Gaucho Way with traditional Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão at newly opened downtown location on Figueroa and 8th. Fogo de Chão has two lamb, or cordeiro, staples on the menu: tender delicious leg of lamb and grilled lamb chops. Traditional condiments such as mint jelly and chimichurri are available. Fogo de Chão will be open all day on Easter from 11am to 9pm and your Churrasco-style dinner complete with the all new Market Table is priced at the normal dinner price of $54.50.
Fogo de Chao Lamb Chop

Melrose Place staple Fig & Olive presents Rosemary Lamb Chops for your traditional Easter enjoyment. Chops are grilled, smoked à la minute with a bouquet of Herbs de Provence and served with goat cheese & chive gnocchi, roast honey, thyme eggplant, and Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil. Available during dinner service all season for $39.
Fig & Olive Rosemary Lamb Chop

Chef Kris Morningstar of California brasserie Terrine serves up a Grilled Lamb Sirloin with artichokes en barigoule, chickpeas, tapenade, and preserved lemon that’s perfect for springtime celebrations. Enjoy this dish through Easter Sunday until it runs out.
Terrine Lamb Sirloin

Blackhouse Hospitality Group’s Chef Tin Vuong of “globally-influenced + domestically-sourced” Abigaile offers two lamb dishes in contrasting styles for your Easter lamb cravings. First up is Moroccan Lamb Kibbeh, which is a type of meatball, served with spicy tomato fondue, celery & mint salsa, tzatziki, feta, and toasted pita for a mere $14. Second only in mentioning is rich and hearty Poutine for $15 with braised lamb belly, organic fried egg, caramelized onions, and fries.
Abigaile Poutine

Steak & Whisky
Newly opened Hermosa Beach hotspot also brought to you from Blackhouse Hospitality Group’s Chef Tin Vuong is Steak and Whisky, which presents a fresh take on a classic that’s perfect for Easter Sunday—Lamb Pot Pie with roasted root vegetables and mint crème fraîche. Dish is presented tableside and constructively served crust down, and all the roasted goodness on top. Try this dish all season for $33.

The Larchmont
With new. executive chef Kevin Kathman, a French Laundry alum, creates an Everything from the Rabbit dish, just in time for Easter. This dish is exactly what it sounds like – it features all parts of the rabbit, including leg, loin, rack, liver, kidney, and even includes housemade rabbit bacon. Additionally, Kathman incorporates all the food that rabbits eat – roasted carrots, carrot top chimichurri, carrot top puree, and braised romaine lettuce. This dish is truly one-of-a-kind and those seeking Easter lamb will not be disappointed
The Larchmont Rabbit (1)

Faith & Flower
Executive Chef Michael Hung of Faith & Flower turns your Easter lamb into a pierogi—an Eastern European dumpling. Pierogis are traditionally made of unleavened dough, filled, boiled, and then pan fried. Try the Lamb Pierogis with caramelized onion, crème fraîche, and apple salsa all season long for $19
Fath & Flower Interior Shot

Two completely contrasting yet delicious lamb options from Chef Kevin Luzande of Acabar are available Easter Sunday for your lamb fix. First up is the Crispy Lamb Bun with braised lamb, sriracha aioli, pear chutney, and cotija cheese for $16. Or, if you want something a little heartier, try the comforting Lamb Tagine with braised lamb, couscous, garbanzo beans, and preserved tangerines for $29.
Acabar Crispy Lamb Bun (1)

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