Haute Restaurant: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

It calls itself Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, and there couldn’t be a more accurate name for this Southern-inspired eatery on trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

The former pop-up restaurant has found a welcome and permanent home in the space once occupied by Venice staple Lilly’s.

Its dark and sexy yet comfortable and classic 2,800 square foot interior is a perfect backdrop for fare from its Executive Chef, French Laundry and Daniel alum Kevin Kathman.

John Mascarenhas and Brad Johnson (Post & Beam) have created the ambiance of sociable sharing, creating a menu of small, shared plates and sides; housemade charcuterie if also offered.

Standouts include white bass etoufee, braised lamb belly, and quail with ham hock stuffing, grits, pickled okra and corn, buttermilk fried chicken with macaroni and cheese and shrimp salad with avocado, lime, jicama, pico, and arugula.

Desserts are delightful as well: the sweet potato pie is a bit of Southern joy, while the no-bake peanut butter and chocolate cookies are also sinfully good.

Daniel Nelson’s (Writer’s Room) fusion cocktails perfectly complement the flavorful dishes. Unsurprisingly, given its Southern roots, the bar features a lengthy selection of bourbons, scotches, whiskies and ryes.

We think WiSC is not only delicious and relaxing, but cool as well, and the A-list agrees: during our dinner, we spotted Ashton Kutcher hanging out in the restaurant’s front bar section.

Celebrities hanging out at Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing less than three months after its opening is a sure sign that there’s more than meets the eye at Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

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