Ben Feldman is most well-known as that guy you recognize from absolutely everything. With a resume that spans from Mad Men to Silicon Valley to Cloverfield, it's pretty obvious Ben knows how to sign on to a good project. And not just those of the acting kind either.
This Sunday, July 31st, Ben is teaming up with Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes) and the Voltaggio brothers (formerly of Top Chef) for the 4th annual Crab Cake - a local crab fest where all proceeds go to Chrysalis, an LA-based nonprofit focused on bringing living-wage jobs back to LA. Crabs and getting everybody work? Sounds like a win-win to us. Grab your tickets here, and check out Ben's excellent LA restaurant picks below.
Ben's "perfect for" picks
"A tiny Korean 'restaurant' in a sketchy strip mall next to a 7-Eleven that specializes in various forms of fermentation (so, mold). Also, stop making that face, because it's incredible. Ask James Beard."
"I'm a huge fan of the book-date. This place is super pricey (also in a strip mall), but hear me out: you sit at the bar, chefs serve you whatever they want until you can't eat anymore, you focus on the (incredible) fish rather than company (or ambiance), and you don't have to buy someone else's expensive meal."
"I've been friends with (and a fan of) Neil & Amy Fraser for multiple years/restaurants. This is their Sistine Chapel. It is soul achingly stunning - not only in menu, but in aesthetic. They also own the attached St. Vibiana Cathedral. Get married here."
"I havent been single since W. was president, but any time a single friend asks where to meet a first date, I tell them the bar upstairs from L&E. It's adult sexy, intimate but lively, and you can eat small plates. Go downstairs if a proper date materializes."
"Chef Craig is one of those badass punk rock geniuses that hate establishment bullshit like actually running a restaurant or considering another human being's opinion or not having terrifying taxidermied animals in full-on theatrical displays near your plate. It's nearly impossible to get a seat at one of his pop-ups (a term I'm sure he also hates), but you should make it a bucket list goal to do so."