Having lived once upon a time right around the corner from the Melrose Ave. Red O – one of Rick Bayless’ Southern Californian counterparts to his famed Chicago-based Mexican restaurant empire – I’ve long known the pleasure of settling in with an Alacran Margarita with serrano chile syrup and savoring both the beautiful, lounge-like atmosphere of this perpetual hotspot and the stellar menu generated by this famed early pioneer of local, sustainable cooking. As both a James Beard award recipient and a Top Chef Masters winner, Bayless was notably awarded a Michelin star for his Chicago restaurant Topolobampo (making it one of the only Mexican fine-dining restaurants in America to receive such an accolade). With a perfect range from delicious appetizers, such as a deconstructed take on Mexican street corn; to raw items like Yucatecan shrimp and calamari ceviche; to modern takes on Mexican classics, like the carnitas in red chile guajillo, or wood-grilled carne asada brava, Red O has made me a Bayless fan (to the degree that I can’t wait to go back to Chicago, so I can eat my way through his other renowned restaurants as well!).
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