189 by Dominique Ansel

Perfect For: Big Groups Brunch Celebrity Sightings
PHOTOS: Jakob Layman

You might know Dominique Ansel as the person responsible for the time your ex-best friend made you stand in a two-hour line for a cronut a few years ago. He clearly got some weird advice and has opened an LA location at The Grove, only instead of a bakery this is a sit-down restaurant. Despite its location, it turns out that this place is pretty great. The food is fantastic and inventive - sweet corn “elotes” come as bread filled with corn pudding, a giant hen of the woods mushroom is covered in a cacio e pepe sauce, and the desserts are unsurprisingly excellent too. It’s probably too pricey to be in your regular rotation (see also: the location), but when you want food that’s creative in a beautifully-designed space, 189 is a great choice. Oh, and you can order a cocktail made with a bourbon-injected grapefruit that they’ll burn with a blowtorch right in front of you. Which is reason enough to suffer through The Grove parking lot.

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