When you amble along the cobblestoned rue Montorgueil in Paris, you're likely to see dangling Bresse chickens and bakers pulling warm baguettes from ovens. The new restaurant Commerson conjures these visions. Native Angeleno chef Sascha Lyon, who cooked with Daniel Boulud and Alain Giraud, serves traditional French eats like escargot with frites, rib eye with a béarnaise sauce and roasted chicken. As for dessert, a kabocha sticky pudding cake beckons. The atmosphere reflects the clean, simple starkness of today's French bistro, with bleached wood and sturdy metal. France dominates the wine list, but we recommend the Call Me, Maybe cocktail: gin, pink grapefruit, agave. Paris, meet L.A.


A French-inspired restaurant and wine bar.
Italian cuisine needs a little competition on L.A.'s dining scene.
788 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tues.-Sun., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Make a reservation online.


By Brian Garrido

Recently transplanted from Los Angeles to Phoenix, Brian is a marketer and freelance writer with a cooking blog. Having traveled to more than 200 international and domestic cities, he's in the process of writing his memoir about his deep female friendships and women that he's has loved as a gay man. He can be followed on Facebook and Instagram.