The City of Angels defining culinary moment is arguably this uber-hip West Hollywood establishment, Lucques, named for a green french olive, (not some chapeau-covered monsieur). Suzanne Goin, a James Beard Foundation awardee of “Best Chef in California” prize, prepares cutting-edge California Mediterranean dishes undoubtedly influenced by stints at the likes of Chez Panisse. Favorite entrées include braised beef shortribs or slow-cooked Niman Ranch pork— both are pure poetry. The restaurant also offers a daily three-course prix-fixe meal infused with the best seasonal ingredients procured at the local farmer’s market. Sister restaurant A.O.C. Is the area’s small plates trendsetter, 8022 West Third Street, 323.653.6359.