The Best Dishes Eater Editors Ate This Week, August 2019

A paper-lined basket of golden shrimp and French fries set on a table painted red.

Shrimp and fries at Malibu Seafood in Malibu. | Cathy Chaplin

Follow Eater editors as they share their favorite dishes around town

The editors of Eater LA dine out several times a week, if not per day, which means we’re always encountering standout dishes that deserve time in the limelight. Here now, the very best of everything the team has eaten recently.


August 5, 2019

Fried chicken at Lucky Bird inside Grand Central Market in Downtown

Three pieces of craggly fried chicken resting on a red checkered tissue-lined box.
Mona Holmes
Fried chicken at Lucky Bird inside Grand Central Market in Downtown

Nestled on the sleepy north side of Grand Central Market is chef Chris Dane’s Lucky Bird where there’s only one thing on the menu: fried chicken. The hyper-focused offerings includes fried chicken and waffles, fried chicken sandwiches, fried chicken skins, and a brand new sandwich collaboration with Smorgasburg’s Cheezus. The fried chicken here is truly crispy and perfectly seasoned. Dane’s brine — lemon juice, salt, sugar, water, and aromatics — helps to keep everything juicy. Best of all is the grating of fresh lemon zest atop every piece, which adds brightness to a typically heavy dish. Get a bucket, take it home, and don’t even bother using a plate. 317 South Broadway, Los Angeles. —Mona Holmes

Shrimp and fries at Malibu Seafood in Malibu

A paper-lined basket of golden shrimp and French fries set on a table painted red.
Cathy Chaplin
Shrimp and fries at Malibu Seafood in Malibu.

It’s summertime and the living is far easier the closer one gets to the coast, which is why escaping inland temps is a must this time of year. Malibu is splendid year-round, but especially now with dependably sunny skies and pleasant breezes. There are plenty of places in this part of town to settle in for a bite with an ocean view, but the no-frills vibe at Malibu Seafood might just be the best. The deep-fried shrimp and fries answer the call for all that’s golden, well-seasoned, and crispy. Battering fresh seafood and dunking it in hot oil isn’t rocket science by any means, but done right, it shoots tastebuds straight to the moon. And don’t mind the line snaking out the screen door — it moves fast. 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. —Cathy Chaplin

Omakase at Sushi Note in Sherman Oaks

A piece of nigiri perched on a plate in front of the sushi bar.
Farley Elliott
Omakase at Sushi Note in Sherman Oaks

Los Angeles is no stranger to omakase sushi experiences at all levels, from everyday spots in the South Bay to Michelin-level Sushi Ginza Onodera. At Sushi Note in Sherman Oaks, the $90 tasting is best when paired with wine and sake, which not only elevates the evening, but also leans into what the restaurant does particularly well thanks to owner David Gibbs, who is also attached to Augustine Wine Bar across the street. It can make for a big check at the end of the night, but that’s par for the course in a competitive city that already does sushi so well. 13447 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. —Farley Elliott

Chicken kebabs at Taste of Tehran in West LA

A plate of chicken kebabs at West LA’s Taste of Tehran
Matthew Kang
Chicken kebabs at Taste of Tehran

The ultimate simple lunch dish in LA is the grilled chicken breast kebabs at Taste of Tehran, a humble Persian restaurant along Westwood Boulevard in West LA. It’s basically three ingredients all working together in harmony, from the juicy, blackened chicken that somehow tastes injected with umami flavor, to the fluffy white rice just begging for chicken drippings and lemony sumac, and a grilled tomato that provides rounded acid, sweetness, and even more umami. We requested raw onion slices and slathered butter onto lavash before a gentleman sitting next to us said, “you guys eat like real Persians.” 1915 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. —Matthew Kang

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