Thomas Keller has proven to be one of America’s most cutting-edge chefs at his fine dining restaurants, The French Laundry and Per Se. He can also excel in lower gears, as he proves at the more casual Bouchon Bistro. The Beverly Hills branch is a 17,000-square-foot behemoth, including a second floor dining room with magazine-ready tiles, a patio overlooking a European-style plaza, and a menu of French classics. A luxurious lunch could easily star steak frites ($37), a pan-seared, 9-ounce flat iron steak blanketed with sweet caramelized shallots and topped with a generous pat of herbaceous maître d’hotel butter. The seared steak comes with crispy, skin-on frites, which beautifully soak up beef jus and melted butter, if you can show patience.
In the lexicon of French food, steak frites is the epitome of a perfect mashup. The traditional dish combines two classic food items—steak and French fries—and now adventurous steakhouses, fine-dining spots and restaurants dedicated solely to the dish are delivering winning takes to LA. To experience the City of Love in the City of Angels, visit one of these restaurants serving LA's best steak frites.