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13 Rabbit Dishes to Try Just in Time for Easter, 2017 Edition

When Thumper hops on to your dinner plate

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This year, the cute, cuddly rabbit that so characterizes Easter is hopping right on to your dinner plate.

There is no doubt that rabbit meat is trending, with chefs across town capitalizing on its delicate flavor. A cursory taste of rabbit is, like many relatively exotic meats, reminiscent of chicken, but a deeper examination reveals a whisper of gaminess that's bringing complexity to a whole slew of creative dishes in Los Angeles. From Middle Eastern-leaning rabbit feasts to spicy Sichuan diced rabbit, here is your list of 13 rabbit dishes to try just in time for Easter.

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1. Rabbit Larb at Animal

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435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9225
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This temple to animal carnage offers a nice counterpoint to some of the heavier options that bless Animal’s menu (shout out to the foie gras loco moco!) that comes by way of the rabbit larb. The healthiest protein-driven dish on the menu is cooked with no fat at all, but is pungently flavored with minutina, herbs, Thai chili, and crispy shallot.

2. Rabbit Porchetta at Love & Salt

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317 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5252
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In her review of Love & Salt, Besha Rodell describes the rabbit porchetta as “disturbingly delicious.” The meat is filled with rabbit sausage and rolled together with prosciutto and Swiss chard. The rabbit-stuffed rabbit is served over black rice and faro, and is now offered as a half to feed a table of two.

3. Gnocchi at Redbird

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114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 788-1191
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Chef Neal Fraser adorns pillowy gnocchi with braised rabbit, chantrelles, pine nuts, brussels sprouts, and thyme.

4. Diced Rabbit with Younger Sister's Secret Recipe at Chengdu Taste

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828 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 588-2284
The story behind Chengdu Taste’s Younger Sister’s Diced Rabbit brings new appreciation to the Sichuan dish. Back in the ‘80s, a Chengdu chef known as “younger sister” started serving a diced rabbit dish with fermented black soybean sauce, leeks, and peanuts. The bony rabbit became so popular, that it became her restaurant’s namesake dish, and is now served on Chengdu Taste’s menu nearly three decades later.

5. Rabbit Sausage at Wurstküche

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625 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(213) 687-4444
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This German sausage house keeps it simple with a country-style sausage that blends rabbit with Berkshire heritage pork. The sausage is subtly flavored with shavings of carrots and leeks, and is one of the most delicate options on the menu.

6. Lapin à la Moutarde at Church & State

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1850 Industrial St, Apt 100
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 405-1434
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Church & State offers a traditional French take on rabbit, braising the meat before serving it with carrots, fingerling potatoes, fava beans, and spring onions.

7. Spicy Diced Rabbit at Szechuan Impression

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1900 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 283-4622
Beware, splinters of rabbit bone pervade Szechuan Impression’s popular diced rabbit dish. The effort of picking around the bones is worth it, as the ice cold meat is richly flavored with aromatic ginger and spices.

8. Rabbit Ragu at Culina

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300 S Doheny Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 860-4000
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White rabbit is cooked into a ragu that adorns trofie pasta for a decadent dishes that warms your soul.

9. Rabbit Mixiote at Broken Spanish

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1050 S. Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1460
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A staple on the Broken Spanish menu is the rabbit mixiote with nopales, bacon, and cherry tomato. This chili-inflected stew is a flavor bomb in the truest sense, as the whole thing is wrapped in a cellophane bag that releases lovely aromas when unwrapped.

10. Stuffed Rabbit Loin at Craft

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10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 279-4180
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Tom Colicchio’s Craft adds a speck-wrapped rabbit loin stuffed with housemade rabbit fennel sausage to the spring menu. The rabbit-stuffed rabbit dish is finished with sherry sauce.
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11. Grilled Rabbit at Scratch|Bar & Kitchen

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16101 Ventura Blvd Ste 255
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 646-6085
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In true Scratch Bar form, Top Chef alum Phillip Frankland Lee prepares an inventive take on rabbit, first grilling the loins before adorning it with smoked Granny Smith apple purée, roasted baby carrots, and pickled mustard seeds. The dish is finished with frozen black truffle butter that is shaved over the hot dish to melt in front of the diner.
Yasmin Alishav

12. Rabbit Ragu at Bacari GDL

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757 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
Recently opened Bacari Glendale offers torn pappardelle with braised rabbit ragu to pair with its approachable wine list.

13. Rabbit for Two at Kismet

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4648 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
While many a restaurant critic have bemoaned Kismet’s hefty price tags, you’d be wise to order what has become the hip new eatery’s signature dish, the rabbit for two. This $80 feast of roasted rabbit legs, rabbit kebabs, and rabbit stew comes with a slew of Middle Eastern-leaning accoutrements, making it the ultimate place to chow down on your furry friend.
Kismet

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1. Rabbit Larb at Animal

435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
This temple to animal carnage offers a nice counterpoint to some of the heavier options that bless Animal’s menu (shout out to the foie gras loco moco!) that comes by way of the rabbit larb. The healthiest protein-driven dish on the menu is cooked with no fat at all, but is pungently flavored with minutina, herbs, Thai chili, and crispy shallot.
435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048

2. Rabbit Porchetta at Love & Salt

317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
In her review of Love & Salt, Besha Rodell describes the rabbit porchetta as “disturbingly delicious.” The meat is filled with rabbit sausage and rolled together with prosciutto and Swiss chard. The rabbit-stuffed rabbit is served over black rice and faro, and is now offered as a half to feed a table of two.
317 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

3. Gnocchi at Redbird

114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA
Chef Neal Fraser adorns pillowy gnocchi with braised rabbit, chantrelles, pine nuts, brussels sprouts, and thyme.
114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA

4. Diced Rabbit with Younger Sister's Secret Recipe at Chengdu Taste

828 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803
The story behind Chengdu Taste’s Younger Sister’s Diced Rabbit brings new appreciation to the Sichuan dish. Back in the ‘80s, a Chengdu chef known as “younger sister” started serving a diced rabbit dish with fermented black soybean sauce, leeks, and peanuts. The bony rabbit became so popular, that it became her restaurant’s namesake dish, and is now served on Chengdu Taste’s menu nearly three decades later.
828 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803

5. Rabbit Sausage at Wurstküche

625 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
This German sausage house keeps it simple with a country-style sausage that blends rabbit with Berkshire heritage pork. The sausage is subtly flavored with shavings of carrots and leeks, and is one of the most delicate options on the menu.
625 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

6. Lapin à la Moutarde at Church & State

1850 Industrial St, Apt 100, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Church & State offers a traditional French take on rabbit, braising the meat before serving it with carrots, fingerling potatoes, fava beans, and spring onions.
1850 Industrial St, Apt 100
Los Angeles, CA 90021

7. Spicy Diced Rabbit at Szechuan Impression

1900 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803
Beware, splinters of rabbit bone pervade Szechuan Impression’s popular diced rabbit dish. The effort of picking around the bones is worth it, as the ice cold meat is richly flavored with aromatic ginger and spices.
1900 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803

8. Rabbit Ragu at Culina

300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048
White rabbit is cooked into a ragu that adorns trofie pasta for a decadent dishes that warms your soul.
300 S Doheny Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. Rabbit Mixiote at Broken Spanish

1050 S. Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
A staple on the Broken Spanish menu is the rabbit mixiote with nopales, bacon, and cherry tomato. This chili-inflected stew is a flavor bomb in the truest sense, as the whole thing is wrapped in a cellophane bag that releases lovely aromas when unwrapped.
1050 S. Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

10. Stuffed Rabbit Loin at Craft

10100 Constellation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Craft LA
Tom Colicchio’s Craft adds a speck-wrapped rabbit loin stuffed with housemade rabbit fennel sausage to the spring menu. The rabbit-stuffed rabbit dish is finished with sherry sauce.
10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

11. Grilled Rabbit at Scratch|Bar & Kitchen

16101 Ventura Blvd Ste 255, Encino, CA 91436
Yasmin Alishav
In true Scratch Bar form, Top Chef alum Phillip Frankland Lee prepares an inventive take on rabbit, first grilling the loins before adorning it with smoked Granny Smith apple purée, roasted baby carrots, and pickled mustard seeds. The dish is finished with frozen black truffle butter that is shaved over the hot dish to melt in front of the diner.
16101 Ventura Blvd Ste 255
Encino, CA 91436

12. Rabbit Ragu at Bacari GDL

757 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
Recently opened Bacari Glendale offers torn pappardelle with braised rabbit ragu to pair with its approachable wine list.
757 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210

13. Rabbit for Two at Kismet

4648 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Kismet
While many a restaurant critic have bemoaned Kismet’s hefty price tags, you’d be wise to order what has become the hip new eatery’s signature dish, the rabbit for two. This $80 feast of roasted rabbit legs, rabbit kebabs, and rabbit stew comes with a slew of Middle Eastern-leaning accoutrements, making it the ultimate place to chow down on your furry friend.
4648 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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