L.A.'s 5 Most Polarizing Restaurants
Why these eateries inspire love or loathing from culinary devotees and detractors alike.
This story first appeared in the June 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Loved for: Super-hip Venice milieu, acclaimed farm-to-table fare
Loathed for: Militantly enforced no-substitutions menu policy
Restaurant: Red Medicine
Loved for: Highly skilled, Vietnamese-minded molecular gastronomy
Loathed for: Publicly shaming reservation no-shows via its Twitter feed
Restaurant: Father's Office
Loved for: To-die-for gourmet burger and serious list of craft brews
Loathed for: Impossible seating situation, breeding customer resentment
Restaurant: Cafe Gratitude
Loved for: Extensive vegan raw menu, yoga-pants networking
Loathed for: Saturday Night Live-parody-worthy names of dishes like "I Am Magical"
Restaurant: Dan Tana's
Loved for: Latter-day Rat Pack vibe, reliable red-sauce Italian food
Loathed for: Regular folks feel short shrifted as staff dotes on cliquey regulars