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Bouchon Wins Virbila's "Best Bistro" Nods; Gold Devours Duck Carnitas

Bouchon's Mark Hopper

Bouchon's Mark HopperPhoto: Hadley Tomicki

Referencing Keller's "second coming," S. Irene Virbila calls Bouchon "hands down, the best French bistro in Los Angeles," suggesting $17.95 is reasonable for croque monsieur and pointing to the wine program's prices "If there's a weak spot." [L.A. Times]

Desperate for D.F.-style street food? Jonathan Gold is hard-pressed to think of "a restaurant closer to the street anywhere in the world" than Antojitos Carmen in Boyle Heights, which beats the haul for alambre at huitlacoche huarache-less Super Rica. [L.A. Weekly]

With patos heavily on his mind, Jonathan Gold meets Sebastien Archambault's Mexicali counterparts at Eagle Rock's Cacao Mexicatessen, where "duck carnitas sort of splits the difference between carnitas and confit." [L.A. Weekly]

Los Angeles takes a look at Hudson House, finding that the "menu serves more ambitious pub grub" like the "state fair-worthy cauliflower fritters" and favorite pretzel burgers. [Los Angeles]

Questioning whether the menu got drunk on the worldly wine list, Merrill Shindler feels Long Beach's "Utopia is a place where everyone gets satisfied," including the gelato he finds "scrumptious." [Daily Breeze]

Starving in the City of Industry? J. Gold thinks it's time for hand-pulled noodles at Malan or Earthern, which does better Chinese eats than some of SGV's classic delis. [L.A. Weekly]

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