Rustic Canyon 1119 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 393-7050. D daily; $$$.
Elegant yet casual, sleek yet comfortable, this relatively new dinner house has already claimed a loyal following. One feature that brought our large family group in is the tasty vegetarian options. A roasted beet salad was our favorite among many creative appetizer choices, and we all especially liked the pumpkin mezzaluna with brown butter and sage. A root vegetable shepherds pie fell short of expectations, but hand-cut french fries with aioli and the Niman Ranch burger topped with crispy onion rings didn’t—however the onion rings were missing from the burger (the kitchen can get frazzled when everyone shows up at once). Service is pleasant, and there are plenty of comfy booths.
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