Red meat rules at this beloved eatery dating to 1938. And now you can enjoy Lawry's like the football players do. (Rose Bowl-bound players have a tradition of coming here before the big game.) The "beef bowl" cut is a 24-ounce, bone-in cut of prime rib. It comes with the signature spinning bowl salad (better than any dinner show), mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.
* Beef bowl cut $41. 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 652-2827.
The spot-on service, central flower arrangement that is bigger than some apartments, and Christophe Bellanca's contemporary French cooking conspire for an altogether luxe experience. Not to be missed: the faux risotto starter made with tender vegetables and, we suspect, a fair amount of butter and cream. Sommelier Emmanuel Faure makes the wine selection process a joy.
* Vegetable risotto $20. 903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 652-9770.
The do-it-yourself barbecue is delicious and fun at this, the second L.A. location for the rapidly expanding Japanese outfit. We like the many beef options and the delicate enoki mushrooms, which you cook in a foil pack. The bimbim bap, a hearty Korean rice dish, is excellent too.