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What You're Eating - Best Fall Menus in Los Angeles

Sweet & Sour Pumpkin - Badmaash
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Pull out your sweaters and boots because fall is finally here. A few restaurants have added dishes to their menus that will satisfy your cravings for all things comfort food. From hearty breakfasts to late night dinners, there's a little something for everyone.

polenta fondue - forma
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Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar
1610 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(424) 231-2868

Forma's opening in Santa Monica means modern Italian food in an upscale trattoria setting is available for residents on the Westside. Where else could you have your piping hot pasta tossed in a monster wheel of cheese? In addition to all things cheese, Forma serves shared plates and larger platters that speak to its Italian influences. The perfect new starter is the polenta fondue with seasonal mushrooms, peas and fontina. You should also try the papardelle and wild boar ragu, which features housemade pasta.

steelhead salmon - the pikey
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The Pikey
7617 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 850-5400

Sunset Boulevard's The Pikey is offering a seasonal menu which has been updated with a number of small plates and entrées that showcase the English gastropub's dedication to sophisticated fare. Start with the lightly cured steelhead salmon that is dressed with pomegranate arils, dill and fresh horseradish. For something more filling, there's the lamb neck agrodolce lasagnette with roasted peppers and pine nuts. These dishes will be on the menu through December.

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8265 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 746-5130

West Hollywood's Terrine restaurant is serving its own version of a fall menu, including delicious seasonal tastings available Sunday and Monday night thanks to Executive Chef/Owner Kris Morningstar. Guests can take part in a six-course menu which will change weekly as Chef Morningstar plays with the season's boldest flavors and most coveted ingredients, from produce to proteins. Emphasizing his relationships with local purveyors and farms, Morningstar's initial tasting menus will highlight autumn's most abundantly flavorful truffles and mushrooms, from Matsutake to chanterelles to lobster mushrooms and beyond. As fall transforms into winter, he will look for the markets' best root vegetables, as well as game such as squab, lamb, boar, and more, to incorporate in dishes more suited toward the crisp winter months.

roasted_beet_and_burrata - melrose place fig and Olive
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8490 Melrose Pl
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100

FIG & OLIVE'S fall menu is officially here and is spotlighting seasonal ingredients and provincial flavors from the coastal riviera. Using market-driven produce such as butternut squash, endives, and Amarena cherries, the lunch and dinner menu offers guests an autumn oasis to take part in within the secluded Melrose Place location. Keeping with the theme of seasonal bounty, the restaurant features three additions to its signature selection of Crostini, as well as appetizers, entrées, and desserts accented by spices and seasonings. Standout dishes entail Riviera Salmon with braised endives, sautéed broccolini, smooth cauliflower purée, and garlic bagna cauda; Fall Vegetable Linguini with artichokes; and Chestnut Mousse with Amarena Cherries for dessert. Additional menu items include a Costini with gorgonzola, apple, and red pepper marmalade, a Butternut Squash & Chestnut Velouté, a silky butternut squash soup accompanied by shaved chestnuts, onions, toasted squash seeds, and a drizzle of Arbequina olive oil. For salads, try their Salade D'Automne – a bouquet of endive leaves, dandelion greens, radicchio, mesclun, and purslane with sliced radishes, pickled trumpet mushrooms, apples, candied pecans, and whole grain mustard dressing.

Goan Pork & Yam Curry - Badmaash
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108 West 2nd Street #104
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 221-7466

It's that time of the year when you may be looking for all things pumpkin. Badmaash uses pumpkin, squash and yams in its casual Indian-inspired dishes, making you think twice about what a gourd can do. Try the pork and yam curry with braised pork shoulder, fenugreek and tamarind. There's also the sweet and sour pumpkin roasted with fennel, mustard seeds and dried mango powder. Forget about all of those lattes and pies, and try something different at Badmaash.

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Napa Valley Grille
1100 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-3322

Westwood's popular Napa Valley Grille restaurant is offering a special fall menu this season with a three course lunch menu for just $15 per person during the week from 11:30am to 3pm. With a beautiful patio and impressive interior, enjoy fresh, seasonal cuisine from Executive Chef Adrian Vela. Inspired by the bounty of the West Coast wine region, Napa Valley Grille features exceptional products that are hand-delivered directly from local and regional farms. Highlights from this lunch menu include autumnal dishes like a grilled pear & brussels sprout salad with prosciutto, chilies, warm hazelnut shallot vinaigrette, a Steak Sandwich with sliced roasted sirloin, white balsamic onions, crescenza butter and charred tomato focaccia, as well as as a tasty Sicilian farm flatbread with salami, Campari tomatoes, eggplant, wild mushrooms, and mozzarella. Ready for dessert? Try their delicious Pumpkin & Fig Flan or their gelato.

fried chicken sliders - eureka
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6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 857-5544
Multiple Locations

Does cold weather make you think of your mom's midweek chicken and mashed potatoes dinner? Eureka! takes that old school favorite and turns it on its head. The restaurant's new fried chicken sliders are layered with herbed mashed potatoes, confetti slaw, and reaper chili sauce. Thankfully this sandwich will be on the menu through the remainder of the year at the Hawthorne and Woodland Hills locations.

Sunny side eggs - Little Sister
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Little Sister
523 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it's best to make sure to do it right. With a first location in Manhattan Beach, Little Sister's second location opened in DTLA recently, and the restaurant serves its version of a Vietnamese morning starter. Sunny side up eggs plated with spiced pork sausage, fresh tomato and onions, pate and a baguette. The Downtown spot's lunch menu also boasts a hearty beef stew with marrow, tendons, oxtail and rib meat that will, no doubt, stick to your bones.

butternut squash soup - artisan house
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Artisan House
600 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-6333

Artisan House knows that a satisfying bowl of soup pairs well with a cool evening. The menu now features a silky butternut squash soup dressed up with duck confit, wild mushrooms & young onions. After a filling meal, venture over to the market and pick up something to tide you over until the next visit.

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The Avalon - Beverly Hills
9400 West Olympic Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212
(310) 277-5221

Viviane's recent opening at The Avalon elevated the concept of poolside dining with a sleek, cosmopolitan design that complements the continental menu offered morning through night. Notable dishes include lemon ricotta pancakes with roasted figs and housemade granola, a salad of fuyu persimmons and corn with honey-thyme vinaigrette, a ribeye sandwich with savoy cabbage law and horseradish aïoli, as well as a roasted half chicken with gnocchi, carrots and cipollinis. If you happen to be dining on a sunny fall day, enjoy your meal al fresco under the eclectic cabanas surrounding the pool.

Chrystal Baker is a freelance food and events contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine and Frugivore Magazine. She is the co-editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere.
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