A temple to LA’s diverse culinary heritage
Housed in the former rectory of St. Vibiana’s, LA’s first Catholic cathedral, Redbird could have overdosed on gravitas. Instead, the restaurant is an airy, colorful and comfortable space, and its downtown location is helping to attract a diverse group of power players—including agents, studio executives, wealth managers, lawyers and the city’s arts leaders. Chef Neal Fraser, born in Hollywood and raised in the Hollywood Hills, is bringing the wonderful breadth of LA’s culinary influences to bear on his menu
—standouts such as hiramasa with togarashi, spit-roasted chicken with chayote and guajillo-garlic sauce, and duck confit with vegetable fried wild rice and gochujang. Fraser, a Top Chef Masters and Iron Chef America winner, is creating a multicultural style all his own.
Contact: 114 E. Second St., 213.788.1191, redbird.la
Cost: $16 to $28 for entrees; $32 prix fixe
The Classics: Craft Los Angeles, the Grill on the Alley, Spago Beverly Hills