Though Los Angeles is known for its healthy locals and A-list bodies, sometimes you’ve just got to indulge. Whether it’s macaroni & cheese or a juicy hamburger you’re craving, here are the hautest places to find comfort food in LA!
1 Macaroni & Cheese at Mélisse
The macaroni & cheese at Mélisse in no way, shape or form resembles anything from Kraft. The Michelin-starred French restaurant’s indulgent take on your favorite comfort food features fresh tagliatelle pasta topped with oodles of Parmesan cheese, brown-butter truffle froth, and shaved white truffles. It will run you $95 due to its rich, seasonal truffles (it's only available October-December), but it's well worth it to recreate your childhood food fantasy in such a haute way.
2 Buttermilk Biscuits at The Peninsula's Belvedere Restaurant
If you're in need of some Southern comfort food, The Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills is the place to find it. Start your day off right with the Buttermilk Biscuits, which simply ooze self-indulgent goodness. The dish comes complete with chicken, sun-dried tomato sausages, organic eggs, baby spinach and aged Beemster cheese. It's heavenly.
3 Money Is No Object Burger at Umami
If money real isn't an object, head to Umami Burger to feast on its $100 "Money’s No Object Burger." The patty is topped with fresh white truffles, foie gras, an onion marmalade and reduced 1977 Croft Vintage Port. Trust us, it's worth every penny. But like the rarest of treats, it's only fleetingly available: it's only on offer seasonally and for special events.
4 Butternut Squash Soup at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel's Raya Restaurant
The taste of Thanksgiving year-round comes in the form of the Butternut Squash Soup at Raya inside the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. The soup, which contains crispy Iberico Ham, chipotle crème, apple chips and shizo is full of creamy, delicious fall flavor. Yes, you will indeed be thankful that you've discovered it.
5 Sugar & Spice Beignets at Hatfield's
No meal is complete without dessert, right? That was rhetorical, by the way. Make sure to order Hatfield's gourmet take on the standard doughnut in the form of their sugar and spice (and everything nice) beignets. After indulging in the sweet treats, with come with a sauce of Venezuelan chocolate and Earl Gray milkshake, you'll never utter the words "Krispy Kreme" ever again.