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Inside Alta Adams, SF Chef Daniel Patterson’s New LA Restaurant

Chefs Keith Corbin and Patterson have crafted something special

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The wait is over for Alta Adams, the highly-anticipated new Daniel Patterson restaurant set to land in LA’s historic West Adams neighborhood. Fresh off the reveal of the property’s more casual Adams Coffee Shop, Patterson and co. are ready to go with what should be a dinnertime game-changer for the area.

Patterson is one of the West Coast’s most recognizable chefs, having spent years creating more than half-a-dozen distinct dining options for the Bay Area over the years. That includes the three Michelin-starred Coi as well as Alta, which was always envisioned as a more casual California cafe. With the new Alta Adams Patterson has doubled down on the restaurant’s local ethos, adding local chef Keith Corbin to give the West Adams locale a decidedly soul- and comfort-food vibe. The idea is to play more to the greater South LA community, not just wealthy Westsiders, with the restaurant also focusing on hiring from within the neighborhood and the ranks of recently-reformatted Locol in Watts.

Inside the dining room

So what does that look like on the plate? Expect dishes like black eye pea fritters and grilled pork collar, with many of the dishes served as large portions ideal for sharing. Beverage director Aaron Paul (Besharam, Dyafa, Aster, etc.) is on to oversee the full cocktail program as well as the beer and wine, with most of the producers hailing for California. The opening menu is below.

Inside Alta Adams there is room for some 13 bar seats, plus a chef’s counter, an open kitchen, two complete dining spaces, and even a back patio. Vintage touches are present throughout, a nod to not only the old school building that Alta Adams is in, but the historic neighborhood as a whole.

Alta Adams opens on Thursday, October 11, keeping dinner hours only to start. Next door is Adams Coffee Shop, the casual daytime cafe space also run by Corbin and Patterson, which works for coffee, breakfast, and easygoing lunch in the area. Hours will be 5 to 10 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and until 10:30 p.m. on weekends. Make a reservation on OpenTable.

Alta Adams. 5359 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.

Oxtails from Alta Adams restaurant in West Adams, California
Oxtails and rice
Black-eyed pea fritters
Collard greens
A plate of shrimp and grits in light orange cayenne sauce.
Shrimp and grits
The Swing Thyme cocktail
The Lunch Box cocktail
Inside the first dining room
The full bar
Casual seating
Seats with a view
Into the kitchen
The other dining room
An outdoor patio with a string of lights.
Plenty of patio
Alta restaurant in West Adams
Alta restaurant in Los Angeles, California
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