Although once considered scrap set aside only for soup pots, bone marrow is once again in the spotlight thanks to the continuation of the nose to tail movement that has helped keep off-cuts in vogue. Certainly not for the weak of heart, this unctuous dish can send a shock to the arteries. Best paired with acidic or herbaceous flavors to mitigate the fatty intensity, marrow is being highlighted by both classic and innovative preparations. From flans to corn cheese, here is a list of places to indulge in bone marrow in Los Angeles, presented from west to east.Read More
13 Decadent Bone Marrow Dishes to Try in Los Angeles
Where to find excellent roasted bones
Scratch|Bar & Kitchen
Nestled among the massive succession of dishes at Phillip Frankland Lee’s Scratch Bar is the restaurant’s much beloved bone marrow course. While the preparations change—no one will forget the clever marrow-filled sourdough to resemble a bone—what’s consistent is that this dish is always a diner favorite.
Love & Salt
Chef Michael Fiorelli reinterpreted the classic bone marrow and toast combination by replacing the bread with housemade trottole pasta. With the roasted bone marrow scraped into the pasta tableside, it’s not a surprise that the show-stopping dish winds up on every table.
CUT Beverly Hills
Perhaps one of the more innovative bone marrow preparations, Wolfgang Puck’s new-school steakhouse transforms it into a flan served with a mushroom marmalade for an intense umami flavor.
Hanjip Korean BBQ
Everyone’s favorite Korean barbecue side, corn cheese, gets an outrageously indulgent twist with a whole marrow bone protruding from Hanjip’s parmesan and bonito flake-topped dish.
In typical Sang Yoon fashion, the bone marrow at Father’s Office comes in classic form. Seasoned with sea salt and served with a parsley and caper salad for freshness and acidity, the dish finds perfection in execution and simplicity.
Naturally, Animal would make an incredible marrow bone. Theirs is served with caramelized onions and chimichurri, a clever flavor combination that capitalizes on the herbaceousness of the sauce to help cut through the rich fat.
Beautifully paired with saffron gnocchi and fresh peas, Angelini Osteria’s bone marrow is especially decadent. This rich dish is best for sharing to save room for other specialties from Gino Angelini’s kitchen.
chi SPACCA’s beef and bone marrow pie is certainly the heartiest of preparations, filled with beef cheek and the entire marrow bone itself before being covered in buttery pastry. Though not for purists, it is a dish that would be a shame if left unordered.
Essentially the black tie version of garlic bread, Pizzeria Mozza serves their marrow with crisp garlic crostini, roasted garlic, and parsley for the most decadent way to start a classic LA meal.
The Japanese dish nasu dengaku, or eggplant broiled with a miso glaze, gets a meaty spin at Little Tokyo’s Kinjiro, where the vegetable is replaced with sawn bones for a sweet, salty, and undeniably rich treat.
Church & State
Not to be overlooked, Church and State’s classic preparation keeps the focus on the marrow itself. Simply roasted with a little radish salad for bite, this juicy, unctuous marrow is a true gem.
Prepared with just a hint of aged balsamic, Bestia’s bone marrow is one of the most beloved in the city. Slather it on the spinach gnocchetti that accompanies the generous bones for a pasta unlike any other.
Bones are celebrated in many forms at Pasadena’s Bone Kettle. Not only does the restaurant use them to make its signature broth, it also roasts them to celebrate the beautifully fatty interior.