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Alongside her longtime collaborator Mary Sue Milliken, Feniger has been a key figure in tweaking California cuisine since the pair's 1980s phenom City (Michael Eisner's production company is developing a show about the restaurant).
They then opened Border Grill in 1985, introducing to hard-taco-shell-eating gringo Angelenos a more authentic Mexican cuisine that included now-ubiquitous ceviche. Since 2009, she's been out on her own with Street (742 N. Highland Ave.), a general assembly for global curbside cuisine, including Moroccan spiced lamb belly, with a keen inclusion of vegetarianism.
"I remember taking my first trip to India and saying to Mary Sue, 'We've got to put a vegetarian dish on the menu,' " says Feniger. "Twenty five years ago, this was a big deal. Now it's expected."
Favorite dish of regular Bob Saget: "I always have the Kaya Toast. Everyone says it's one of those dishes you want to rub all over you."
Where else Feniger eats: Sarita's Pupuseria.