By Chef Tony Esnault

Photograph courtesy of Spring

Photograph courtesy of Spring

Esnault is the executive chef of the newly opened Spring and the ever-popular Church and State in Los Angeles.

Describe Spring:
The cuisine at Spring is heavily concentrated on vegetables. Seasonal and locally grown vegetables are always the best choice. Therefore seasonal, sustainable, and organic California produce plays a major role in the dishes at Spring. We shop weekly at the Santa Monica Farmers market for much of our produce for both restaurants and have great relationships with the farmers, who keep us abreast of upcoming produce.

Church & State has been a favorite of many chefs for years. What is it about the restaurant that the industry crowd loves?
The authenticity of a true French bistro. There is no fusion and no mixing of flavors, styles, or cooking techniques. It is 100% French bistro fare. Many of the classic dishes at Church & State are not ones you'll find at other restaurants in L.A.

257 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
T: 213.372.5189 |

1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
T: 213.405.1434 |

Chef's Los Angeles French Guide

BREAKFAST | Madame Monsieur Boutique Sandwiches

This tiny shop reminds me of being in France. The product is good; the creations are simple and authentic; the details are simple and elegant. Sophie, the GM, runs the shop with care. I like the "Le Egg" sandwich for breakfast with eggs, Parmiggiano, caramelized onions, and sun-dried tomatoes.

512 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
T: 213.239.9440 |

Le Egg Sandwich | Photograph courtesy of Madame Monsieur

Le Egg Sandwich | Photograph courtesy of Madame Monsieur

Photograph courtesy of Garçon de Café

Photograph courtesy of Garçon de Café

BEST LOCAL SECRET | Garçons de Café

This is a great, very French wine bar and boutique in the Spring Arcade in DTLA. The owners are three young French gents, who know their wine, music, and fashion. They're open late, which makes it possible for us to stop in for a glass of wine, cheese, and charcuterie after we finish service. The atmosphere is warm, chic, relaxed, and French all at the same time.

541 South Spring Street #114, Los Angeles, CA 90013
T: 213.278.0737 |

Photograph courtesy of Bistro de la Gare

Photograph courtesy of Bistro de la Gare

BISTRO FOOD | Bistro de la Gare

I feel as though I've taken a short excursion to France when I come here. The restaurant is quaint, charming, comfortable, and chef Bruno Morin has a delightful, classic French menu.

921 Meridian Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030
T: 626.799.8828 |


Restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi and I love this spot in DTLA. They have delicious dumplings, a full bar, and a good selection of Rieslings that pair well with their Szechuan spiced food. The owners are warm, friendly, and create a fun atmosphere.

806 S Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90014
T: 213.988.8308 |

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