As a French guy living in L.A., there’s one question I get asked almost every two days : “Are there any good French restaurants in LA?”
Of course there are good French restaurants in LA! And here are the tips I have been giving to my new friends lately.
One of my favorite French restaurants is Little Next Door (on 3rd and Crescent Heights). It doesn’t sound too French, but wait until the waiter welcomes you, and you will find that that name sounds much more French than you thought. The food there is really good, the atmosphere is classy but laid back at the same time, and the waiters are always nice and helpful. Despite the fact that they added bacon in the Boeuf Bourguignon (non-sense!), you should defenitely go check it out.
I recently discovered Papilles. This place is a hidden gem in a street mall on Franklin Ave, next to the 101, which adds to the surprise when you enter what feels like a typical Parisian Bistro.
The menu is small and changes all the time, which makes it difficult to recommend a specific dish. But you might as well pick something yourself, take risks “sacrebleu!” (nobody says that by the way) and I guarantee you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise!
Now, you’ve probably heard about the Figaro in Los Feliz. You should go there for the amazing decoration alone but I (just like the whole French community in East LA), go there fairly often when I get homesick. One thing never seems to fail: the fabulous taste of the pastries!
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Little Next Door
8142 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
6221 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
1802 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027