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Ten Rabbit Dishes to Try Just in Time For Easter in LA

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2008_10_hasmapsrabbit.jpgSpringtime is in the air, and Easter is looming. That means most people are either thinking about egg hunts or eating lamb. But here's something a bit different: rabbit. Yes, the Easter bunny is probably going to be disappointed to find himself targeted this season, but here now, Ten Rabbit Dishes to Try Right Now in Los Angeles.

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1. Rabbit Ravioli at Drago Centro

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525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-8998
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Drago is known for great pasta, and this rabbit ravioli is no exception. Consider pockets of rabbit sided with baby artichokes, shaved carrots and a sprinkling of rosemary bread crumbs for a little crunch.

2. Rabbit Pappardelle at Superba Snack Bar

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533 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

This modern pastaria in Venice by Jason Neroni presents a more palatable, and perhaps addictive way of having rabbit this Easter: a fresh pappardelle with braised rabbit, spinach, and porcini mushrooms for $18.

3. Rabbit for Two at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

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1119 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-7050
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Go farm to table with this Jaime Farms Rabbit for two ($60) at this fantastic restaurant in Santa Monica. With the kitchen helmed by Jeremy Fox, this Easter special comes with wrapped with bacon, confit legs, springs veggies, and crispy grits.

4. Chicken-Fried Rabbit at The Must

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117 Winston St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

In addition to standard brunch options this Easter, newly relocated The Must is making everything from fried chicken to a Chicken Fried Confit Rabbit with a smothered gravy biscuit topped with a poached egg. How's that for gutbuster?

5. Roasted Rabbit at Piccolo

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5 Dudley Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 314-3222
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This charming Italian eatery just off the beach has a roasted natural rabbit served with olives, peppers, celery, raisins, and pine nuts. Priced at $30 bucks, it's a little Easter splurge by the sea.

6. Diced Rabbit at Chengdu Taste

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828 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 588-2284

This insanely popular restaurant in San Gabriel Valley might be making the best Sichuanese, even Chinese food, in the country right now, and the Rabbit with Younger Sister Sauce is both addictive and fun to eat. Though gnawing on the meat with tiny bones can be a challenge, but the flavor is worth it.

7. Fried Rabbit Legs at Animal

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435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9225
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Of course, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo aren't just going to use any many different animal parts, but as many different animals. Rabbit is no exception, this time presented as fried rabbit legs, charleston gold rice (an heirloom grain), lemon pepper, and a sour cream gravy for $34. It's Southern cooking, gentrified.

8. Braised Rabbit at Napa Valley Grille

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1100 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-3322
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A new dish for spring, this expansive Westwood eatery has a lamb merguez sausage paired with braised rabbit and a cannellini bean cassoulet ($24). A bit heavy, but who says Spring can't stick to your ribs, right?

9. Rabbit Sausage at Steingarten LA

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10543 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 441-0441
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This casual beer and sausage place is something that's hard to find on this stretch of the Westside: a beer-centric spot to hang out with friends. Among the weird wurst selections like spicy lamb, alligator & pork, and venison blueberry, there's a rabbit sausage that can be loaded up with toppings.

10. Braised Rabbit at Girasol

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11334 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91602
(818) 924-2323
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Chef C.J. Jacobson takes foraging to a new level at this stylish Studio City restaurant. On the offering (in terms of rabbit), consider braised rabbit with wild herb soda, as well as chicken-fried rabbit legs. Chicken-frying makes everything better.

1. Rabbit Ravioli at Drago Centro

525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Drago is known for great pasta, and this rabbit ravioli is no exception. Consider pockets of rabbit sided with baby artichokes, shaved carrots and a sprinkling of rosemary bread crumbs for a little crunch.

525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

2. Rabbit Pappardelle at Superba Snack Bar

533 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

This modern pastaria in Venice by Jason Neroni presents a more palatable, and perhaps addictive way of having rabbit this Easter: a fresh pappardelle with braised rabbit, spinach, and porcini mushrooms for $18.

533 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

3. Rabbit for Two at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Go farm to table with this Jaime Farms Rabbit for two ($60) at this fantastic restaurant in Santa Monica. With the kitchen helmed by Jeremy Fox, this Easter special comes with wrapped with bacon, confit legs, springs veggies, and crispy grits.

1119 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

4. Chicken-Fried Rabbit at The Must

117 Winston St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

In addition to standard brunch options this Easter, newly relocated The Must is making everything from fried chicken to a Chicken Fried Confit Rabbit with a smothered gravy biscuit topped with a poached egg. How's that for gutbuster?

117 Winston St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

5. Roasted Rabbit at Piccolo

5 Dudley Ave, Venice, CA 90291

This charming Italian eatery just off the beach has a roasted natural rabbit served with olives, peppers, celery, raisins, and pine nuts. Priced at $30 bucks, it's a little Easter splurge by the sea.

5 Dudley Ave
Venice, CA 90291

6. Diced Rabbit at Chengdu Taste

828 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

This insanely popular restaurant in San Gabriel Valley might be making the best Sichuanese, even Chinese food, in the country right now, and the Rabbit with Younger Sister Sauce is both addictive and fun to eat. Though gnawing on the meat with tiny bones can be a challenge, but the flavor is worth it.

828 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803

7. Fried Rabbit Legs at Animal

435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Of course, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo aren't just going to use any many different animal parts, but as many different animals. Rabbit is no exception, this time presented as fried rabbit legs, charleston gold rice (an heirloom grain), lemon pepper, and a sour cream gravy for $34. It's Southern cooking, gentrified.

435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048

8. Braised Rabbit at Napa Valley Grille

1100 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

A new dish for spring, this expansive Westwood eatery has a lamb merguez sausage paired with braised rabbit and a cannellini bean cassoulet ($24). A bit heavy, but who says Spring can't stick to your ribs, right?

1100 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

9. Rabbit Sausage at Steingarten LA

10543 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

This casual beer and sausage place is something that's hard to find on this stretch of the Westside: a beer-centric spot to hang out with friends. Among the weird wurst selections like spicy lamb, alligator & pork, and venison blueberry, there's a rabbit sausage that can be loaded up with toppings.

10543 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

10. Braised Rabbit at Girasol

11334 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91602

Chef C.J. Jacobson takes foraging to a new level at this stylish Studio City restaurant. On the offering (in terms of rabbit), consider braised rabbit with wild herb soda, as well as chicken-fried rabbit legs. Chicken-frying makes everything better.

11334 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91602

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