Bouchon Wins Virbila’s ‘Best Bistro’ Nods; Gold Devours Duck Carnitas

Bouchon's Mark Hopper Photo: Hadley Tomicki

Referencing Keller’s "second coming," S. Irene Virbila calls Bouchon "hands down, the best French bistro in Los Angeles," suggesting $17.95 is reasonable for croque monsieur and pointing to the wine program’s prices "If there’s a weak spot." [L.A. Times]

Desperate for D.F.-style street food? Jonathan Gold is hard-pressed to think of "a restaurant closer to the street anywhere in the world" than Antojitos Carmen in Boyle Heights, which beats the haul for alambre at huitlacoche huarache-less Super Rica. [L.A. Weekly]

Bouchon's Mark Hopper Photo: Hadley Tomicki

With patos heavily on his mind, Jonathan Gold meets Sebastien Archambault’s Mexicali counterparts at Eagle Rock’s Cacao Mexicatessen, where "duck carnitas sort of splits the difference between carnitas and confit." [L.A. Weekly]

Los Angeles takes a look at Hudson House, finding that the "menu serves more ambitious pub grub" like the "state fair-worthy cauliflower fritters" and favorite pretzel burgers. [Los Angeles]

Questioning whether the menu got drunk on the worldly wine list, Merrill Shindler feels Long Beach’s "Utopia is a place where everyone gets satisfied," including the gelato he finds "scrumptious." [Daily Breeze]

Starving in the City of Industry? J. Gold thinks it’s time for hand-pulled noodles at Malan or Earthern, which does better Chinese eats than some of SGV’s classic delis. [L.A. Weekly]