This Sunday, Dominique Crenn returns to Los Angeles to cook a five-course dinner at Test Kitchen, a preview of her forthcoming San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn. Following stints at Jeremiah Tower's Stars in S.F. and a gig for Intercontinental Hotels in Jakarta, the French-raised chef worked in Manhattan Beach Country Club from 1999-2007. After closing her wonderful, though short-lived Santa Monica restaurant, Abode, in 2007, Crenn moved north to helm Luce (where The President supped last year) , scored Chef of the Year from Esquire in 2008, had a successful run on Next Iron Chef, and earned a Michelin star in 2010. Hearing that the chef is back in town, we naturally had to find out where she likes to eats in L.A. Find the chef's picks below.
Chef Dominique Crenn tells Grub Street she eats at:
Absolutely Phobulous: "Absolutely Phobulous in West Hollywood is a delightful hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant that is not to be missed. Their fresh and light pho is perfect - I bring all my friends here when we're in town."
Little Door: "I always frequent Little Door Restaurant when I am in L.A., because its romantic French atmosphere melts my heart. One of my favorite dinner dishes is the lamb shank tajine with quince, pomegranate and toasted almonds. The flavors are simply delicious."
Lucques: "The bar at Lucques is another one of my regular hangouts. The bar menu includes tasty bites, along with traditional cocktails that are the perfect end to a long day in the kitchen."
Zankou: "Zankou Chicken has several locations, but my favorite is the one in Pasadena. It is Armenian and Mediterranean cuisine with gorgeous rotisseries - simple, delicious, and strong flavors."