With the countdown to Meryl Streep’s possible Oscar (fingers crossed!) win for Julie & Julia only days away, we’ve been thinking of Julia Child every time we grab a quick bite for lunch or pop open the Burgundy to go with a weeknight roast. Were Julia still alive, we can only imagine she’d be chatting up the chef who makes the best steak frites in town rather than the designer behind her red-carpet gown. With that in mind, here are a few local dishes we think Julia might have sought out before her red-carpet debut. Bon appÃ©tit!
It’s hard to imagine Julia passing up a French dip and side of chili from Philippe’s â€” though we’re not going to even try to guess whether she was the “bowl with” (with diced onions) or more the straight-up chili type. You can grab the same Dolores brand chili that Philippe’s uses and do your own taste test on Oscar night.
1001 N. Alameda St., Chinatown, 213.628.3781, philippes.com
Jetting around town to press junkets can be exhausting (solution: two, maybe three sandwiches a day). We can almost see Julia sliding into a vinyl booth and ordering an iced tea and a meaty pastrami on rye.
704 S. Alvarado St., Westlake, 213.483.8050, langersdeli.com
Julia was wont to splurge every once in a while (foie gras, wine, truffles!). We envision her one night dining at Bouchon in Beverly Hills, swooning over Thomas Keller’s truite aux amandes (trout amandine) just like she did when she first arrived in France and had a magical sole meuniÃ¨re. Almost of all of Keller’s French-bistro classics would pass muster with the master.
235 N. CaÃ±on Dr., Beverly Hills, 310.271.9910, bouchonbistro.com
For a more affordable French bistro experience, Julia might have enjoyed strolling the streets of Culver City and nibbling on the foie gras terrine followed by handmade sausages at this charming bistro. Plus, beginning this month, those sausages are aÂ bargain at lunch, with a choice of one of six with a side of fries and a small green salad for $12.
9725 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.842.8155, lesaintamour.com
On Monday “Burger and Beer” nights, Rustic Canyon chef Evan Funke dreams up crazy toppings for his Niman Ranch beef burger (usually served with herb mayo, caramelized onions and cheddar). We can only imagine Julia raising an eyebrow, then diving right into Funke’s most recent concoctions, including a “breakfast burger” topped with hash browns, confit bacon, fried egg and cheddar. A hearty post-Oscars Monday breakfast is likely just what she’d need before hitting the road to head home.
1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7050, rusticcanyonwinebar.com