DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - The Downtown-adjacent Silverlake community is where diners come for that uniquely French Canadian creation known as poutine — a tasty mess of crispy fries topped with cheese curds and doused with brown gravy. Popular neighborhood bistro Dusty’s serves up a fair share of this comfort food dish, along with an exceptionally delicious menu of French classics and nightly specials from chef Guillaume Sabbadin.  

For starters, weekend brunch is serious business here, and diners crowd the sidewalk patio and eclectic interior as they sip on a veritable rainbow of mimosas — strawberry, blueberry, orange, peach, pomegranate, cranberry and Kir Royale, among them. The spread features eggs Benedict with a choice of ham, spinach, lox or crab cake with gorgeous fruit, massive stuffed French toast with ricotta, quiche Lorraine, and endless baskets of rustic bread with heavenly butter and two kinds of jam.

Dusty’s is the kind of place where you go to watch the world go by as you munch on country-style pate or inhale heady French onion soup. The enchanting Croque Monsieur with ham or turkey and Swiss is lovely for lunch, as are the savory crepes stuffed with chicken and mushroom or spinach and goat cheese — or try the signature version with asparagus, ham and béchamel.

Dinner brings moules frites with P.E.I. mussels bathed in white wine served with a heap of fries. There’s the classic filet mignon accompanied by gratin potatoes and Provençale tomatoes, or you could just order up a plate of artisan cheese and meat to go with a bottle of wine from sommelier Brandon Ho’s excellent list. It’s the bistro experience at its best.

At 3200 W. Sunset Blvd., (323) 906-1018 or dustysbistro.com. Open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Valet available.

Cuisine: French American Bistro

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