Pork, lamb or veal? When only a chop will do.
Brentwood Bar & Grill, 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood. (213) 820-2121. Style: Bar and grill goes big business. Setting: Dark with low black banquettes, widely spaced tables, discreet murmurs. Recommended dishes: Oak-grilled lamb chops; Muscovy duck breast steak; angel food sandwich. Cost per person: $25-$45.
Delacey's Club 41, 41 Delacey St., Pasadena. (818) 795-4141. \o7 Style: \f7 A cross between The Grill and Musso & Frank. \o7 Setting: \f7 A new old kind of place with huge bar and lots of wood and Corinthian columns. \o7 Recommended dishes: \f7 Boston clam chowder; Caesar salad; veal chop. \o7 Cost per person: \f7 $10-$30.
La Loggia, 11814 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 985-9222. \o7 Style: \f7 Hip and hectic hangout for film folk. \o7 Setting: \f7 Dim-lit sardine can. \o7 Recommended dishes: \f7 Grilled veal chop with garlic and herbs; spinach fettuccine with zucchini flowers; roast rabbit. \o7 Cost per person: \f7 $15-$30.
Mistral, 13422 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 981-6650. \o7 Style: \f7 A Piaf and Pernod kind of place. \o7 Setting: \f7 Deco mirrors, sconces and mellow wood. \o7 Recommended dishes: \f7 Onion soup \o7 au gratin; \f7 lamb chops; steak \o7 frites. Cost per person: \f7 $12-$25.
Stratton's, 16925 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 986-2400. \o7 Style: \f7 He-man steak and chop house with Italian overtones. \o7 Setting: \f7 Marble-topped bar, lurid boxing mural. \o7 Recommended dishes:\f7 Veal chop with garlic and rosemary; fries; \o7 tarte tatin. Cost per person: \f7 $13-$40.