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Church & State

Map & Directions 1850 Industrial St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
  • French
  • Mon-Fri 11:30am-12:30pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
  • Street Parking


LA Weekly's Description

The best pig's ears I've ever had, better than the crunchy ones at Spotted Pig in New York, better than the fritters at the Bristol in Paris, better than the ones I first learned to love at Mandarin Deli, were at Church & State: simultaneously crisp and chewy, soft and tasting like the best French roast pork, piled into a metal julep cup with a little dish of béarnaise sauce on the side, as impossible to stop eating as the onion rings on your girlfriend's plate. The roast chicken comes as parts that have been rolled and tied, so that the crackly skin nourishes the flesh. The snails have been baked in butter, herbs and plenty of garlic, in tiny, individual pastry-topped pots. The fries are cooked in pure lard. The charcuterie - house-made terrines and house-cured meats - is presented on a long plank, and a friend declared the ultrasmooth jar-cooked foie gras to be "delicious, delicious cruelty.'' And the pig's ears were sealed in plastic with herbs and simmered at low temperature until the cartilage transformed into a subtle memory of itself, and were then rolled in panko and fried. Is this the most refined bistro cooking in Los Angeles? At the moment, it just might be.

Member Reviews

  • spanknyce wrote a review for Church & State
    on 09/02/10

    If you're heading downtown, this place has great food. Pretty much everything is good. French spin on food, great drinks. My only criticism is it's acoustically pretty loud. Other than that, totally fun. Different, more NYC vibe than eating in Hollywood or BH.

  • claire85 wrote a review for Church & State
    on 03/03/10

    Fantastic French bistro in downtown LA where hipster waiters serve classic dishes to a groovy soundtrack (ranging from MIA to Radiohead to the Talking Heads to Notorious BIG). Delicious oysters, moules frites, loup de mer, roasted chicken. Can't wait to go back to try even more! They offer diet and wallet-friendly half portions of most of their entrees. Fancy cocktail menu and... More >>

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  • Bravo on 12/02/10

    A great bistro with a lively ambiance and terrific menu. The wines are all on the walls and counters so there is immediate service. I could easily go there once a week if I lived in LA. -Rick Moonen,

  • Bon Appetit Magazine on 03/04/11

    Every neighborhood deserves a top-notch modern French bistro- this is it. Get a ham and cheese tart and a flinty Sancerre, and soak up the prettiest scene in the downtown revival.

  • LA Weekly on 03/23/11

    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info')

  • Eater on 12/01/10

    Top notch bistro fare at very reasonable prices. NB, It's white hot at press time, so remember to make a reservation. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Los Angeles Times on 07/13/10

    Sharing is what most makes sense here. Everyone will want to taste everything. Plates fly around the table as someone wants to try the bouillabaisse, which is a kind of miracle.

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