Oh man. Ali Larter and her whipped cream bikini in Varsity Blues. Possibly the most legendary role food has ever played in a movie. Also, remember how good those first couple seasons of Heroes were? Today's Friday Fives guest is a big reason why. Hello, Ali Larter, thanks for stopping by The Infatuation.
You may remember Ali from her aforementioned acting roles, or as Brooke in one of the greatest movies of the early 2000s: Legally Blonde. She's still active, but lately, she's focused more on one of her deepest passions - cooking. Ali is also something of a professional chef, and her newest collection of recipes, Kitchen Revelry, is out now. Check it out, and then go follow Ali on Instagram, and check out her go-to LA restaurant picks below.
Ali's "Perfect For" Picks
Authentic Ethnic Eats
Papa Cristo's (2771 W Pico Blvd.) - "I absolutely love the gyros served here. They’re slathered in homemade tzatziki, which is just delicious. Another must-get? Their homemade honey drenched baklava. A must see? Their Greek pantry which I peruse for delicious good to add to my own – olive oils, olives, and other authentic Greek specialties."
Classic LA Establishment
Sunset Towers (8358 Sunset Blvd.) - "Most call it fine dining, but for me, it’s my local hang. I love visiting Dmitri, the extraordinary Maître D I’ve known for over 15 years. My order here has been perfected and remains standard: oysters, New York strip steak, and perhaps one too many bottles of red wine."
Unique Dining Experience
Ink (8360 Melrose Ave., #107) - "I try to make it into Chef Michael Voltaggio’s spot whenever he’s in town. This is a unique gastronomic experience. The menu is inspiring, irreverent, and irresistible. If I could, I would order one of everything every time I dine here. Trust your waiter here, they will not steer you wrong."
Asanebo (11941 Ventura Blvd.) - "This sushi spot located in Studio City is small, but with a weekday reservation you’re ensured a relaxed, beautiful environment with the most gorgeous cuts of fish. I could eat here every day."
Bestia (2121 E 7th Pl.) - "I’ve only been here once, but once was enough to fall in love. This trendy Italian restaurant located in downtown is primed for a boisterous night out - epic pizza, gorgeous lighting, and ceilings high enough to contain even your loftiest statements after a few cocktails. Extra points for a cool exterior and the fact that it’s owned and run by an acclaimed husband/wife team."
Petit Trois (718 Highland Ave.) - "When I day drink, I do it the French way - on a rainy summer day with Rosé and Moules Frites. This place is the perfect hideaway when that day comes. Order anything. Order it all. Then sit inside, sip your wine, and consider dessert. I highly recommend ordering the chocolate mousse. Yum!"