Suzanne Goin is a visionary: a decade before everyone else, she understood the importance of biodynamic wines, small plates and Mediterranean influences. She was the first to add the chermoula to halibut, before we even owned a smartphone to Google that term under the table. And in this charming patio (with ladies who lunch and lovers who flirt — make sure you book a table outside), we share these comfort dishes “family style”: roast chicken à la Zuni Café, lobster pappardelle, fig and taleggio foccacia, cauliflower curry… After having been ahead of her time for so many years, it was about time that Suzanne Goin received a James Beard Award.

Address: 8700 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Opening hours: Monday 11:30AM-10PM, Tuesday-Friday 11:30AM-11PM, Saturday 10AM-11PM, Sunday 10AM-10PM

Menu: aocwinebar.com

Reservations: (310) 859-9859 or OpenTable

Style: Californian

Price: Small plates $10-16, Platters $15)72

Neighborhood: West Hollywood

Best for: Lunch

Also, consider getting Suzanne Goin’s latest cookbook:The A.O.C. Cookbook!