For artisanal charcuterie in a contemporary setting, Chowhounds recommend Gorge, a small space on a bustling strip of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Sausages, head cheese, terrines, and more are made on-site under the watchful eye of chef/co-owner and Season 2 Top Chef contestant Elia Aboumrad, and the fare is fantastic in TonyC’s opinion: “The classic stuff like the mackerel terrine, liver pate, are some of the best charcuterie in the city.” There’s also a not-to-be-missed frisée salad with bacon flan, crispy shallots, and poached egg.
Francophiles will be pleased with the exclusively French wine list; leave your selections in the capable hands of Gorge’s Master Sommelier, Darius Allyn (who happens to be the chef’s husband). Craft beers from far and wide are also available. For dessert there are seasonal St. Honoré offerings: French puff pastries made with pâte à choux and cream by co-owner and pastry chef Uyen Nguyen.
“Gorge is awesome,” says LATrapp, and has “a real family feel. Overall a special place and I’m really glad to see it mentioned here.”
Photo of the classic St. Honore dessert from Gorge