The Eat Sheet: 3rd Street Station Owner Dion Rottman Takes THR’s Taste Test

Dion Rottman Headshot - H 2012

Dion Rottman Headshot - H 2012

The former child actor, who appeared on 1980s TV shows like “Family Ties” and “Our House,” talks Rocky Mountain oysters, marshmallow ramen, hazelnut gelato and more.

Long before he opened 3rd Street Station, his bustling three-month-old gastro pub in the shadow of the Beverly Center, proprietor Dion Rottman was a child actor on Me Decade sitcoms. He played Tina Yother’s boyfriend on Family Ties, a buddy of Chad Allen’s on Our House, and a high school football game announcer on Day By Day alongside Christopher Daniel Barnes. These days, his restaurant serves gourmet comfort fare — pork shoulder with chickpea spaetzle, fish ‘n’ chips with English pea puree — to an industry-heavy crowd of on-the-make agents, actors, writers, directors, producers and execs.


Current Fixation
“The Ghostbuster ramen dish with pork at Ikemen, the ‘dip ramen’ place in Hollywood. Marshmallows in soup? It’s delicious, and the noodles are to die for.”

Known For Cooking
“I am big into grilling and my Pommery mustard-infused filet mignon is one of my signature dishes.”

Destination Dinner
Fouquet’s in Paris. Of course it’s pricey and pretentious: mais très délicieux! Amazing seafood and one of the best onion soups I’ve ever had.”

Go-To Take-Out
“Wood-fired chicken at Pollo a la Brasa. Best rotisserie chicken in the city, and by far the best value.”

Adventurous Bite
“Rocky Mountain oysters. There’s a first — and a last — time for everything.”

Simply Won’t Eat
“While I love Mexican food, I don’t like flan. Perhaps it’s the gelatinous consistency that’s not my thing.”

Favorite Snack
“This is the French side of me, but oozing Brie on fresh baguette.”

Dietary Regimen
“I start the day with a healthy egg white omelet and Kombucha.”

Pet Peeve
“An improperly cooked steak, particularly an overcooked one. Or my plate being taken away before finishing my meal. Also, a server commenting, ‘Wow, you sure were hungry’ always rubs me the wrong way, too.”

Big Wish
“I wish there was more al fresco dining in L.A. Southern California has the ideal weather, space and culture for it, yet it’s not as commonplace as you’d expect. It’s raining half the time in Paris and they have countless outdoor eating venues!”

Embarrassing Experience
“Upon finishing my plate presented by the server at a very expensive French restaurant, consuming it with pleasure, I said, ‘Delicious! Please thank the chef for the amazing amuse bouche.’ Only to soon discover they were the actual appetizers.”

Guilty Pleasure
Grom gelato. Hazelnut is simply irresistible. Authentic Italian gelato served right in Malibu!”

Last Meal
“To start, a palate-cleansing Allagash Curieux Belgium-style ale, followed by a mixed salad of rocket, radicchio, red leaf lettuce, toasted pine nuts, goat cheese and apple with honey dijon dressing. Moules marinières, served with French baguette. Bone-in rib eye steak, medium rare, lightly seasoned and buttered, with a side of creamed spinach. My mother’s heavenly chocolate chip Bundt cake, with a dollop of freshly whipped cream, which reminds me of childhood. And to finish, an Espresso along with a VS cognac, which adds a nice finish to the gluttony — but hell, it’s my last supper!”