In honor of Bon Appétit Mag naming Petit Trois the 3rd best restaurant in AMERICA (no, not just LA), I have decided to share my dish on one of my personal favs (I guess that means my taste is on point bc I loved it pre-Bon Apps approval right??)
A2 Rating Scale (out of 5):
WHAT: Petit Trois – Ludo Lefebvre’s casual branch off of Trois Mec.
WHERE: Hollywood-ish (Highland and Melrose — in a little run down strip mall)
WHEN: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner Daily – open 7 days a week from 12PM – 11PM
WHAT TO ORDER (FOOD): I honestly have not ordered one thing there that was not SU-PERB. Shout outs to a few of my favs that are unique to the spot and definite MUST-trys: Burgundy Escargots ($12) – word on the street is this is the recipe Ludo’s mom made growing up. Can we talk about authentic? I know, I know, some people squirm at the thought of eating snails but if you’re going to try them somewhere, these are the best I’ve had outside of France. Some butter, garlic and parlsey and that’s all you need (my dad would be so proud that I finally came around to parsley — and snails too — I guess my palate would finally be considered sophisticated in his book). Steak Tartare ($19) – this is not your average mini portion of tartare. It could basically be a main course (if you get some apps as well) and comes with the most perfectly toasted and buttered sliced bread. Omelette ($18) – I cannot recommend this more. You think it’s JUST an omelette, but it’s the most amazingly delicious, perfect consistency, boursin cheese runny omelette that has ever hit my lips. Give it a shot, you won’t regret it. Also, the Frites ($6) cooked in duck fat — but we all know how I feel about fries. Most importantly: THE BREAD & BUTTER. You guys – this is straight out of France. The baguette is soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and warm with a ramekin of butter that is the perfect spreading temperature. YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE. Get off your gluten-free horse and get on this baguette.
WHAT TO ORDER (DRINKS): The Gainsbourg ($14) is amazing if you’re a gin kindof person (since that’s the base). Not to mention I just love that this is the name of the drink — can we talk about how timeless Serge Gainsbourg’s music is? And we’re back. Also, any and all of the wine (most is French — duh it’s the best). At this point, I’ve learned to trust Ludo (and the bartender) so I kindof of leave it in their hands…
WHAT TO BE AWARE OF: A lot of the foods are very rich — this is a French restaurant after all (hello butter). Note that the Petit Mec Burger ($12.95) while delish can definitely be shared among two people. It was too rich for me to eat alone – get this and accompany it with some other lighter apps.
WHAT TO KNOW: This restaurant is so French Bistro style that there are no tables. There’s the bar facing the kitchen and another bar against the back wall lined with mirrors. Also, NO REZZIES accepted. I’ve been on both nights where I had to wait 45 minutes and times when I was seated right away. It really depends but either way — worth it! Additionally, the music is ON POINT. Seriously, who is doing your playlists b/c I need them in my life. From Drake to XX to more old school shit, they’ve got it on lock.
WHERE TO SIT: There’s kindof no bad seat in the house — my personal fav is the bar facing the open kitchen because it allows you to see everything being prepped and also flirt with the sexy chefs (hi Ludo — where do you find your people??? — CALL ME)
WHO TO BRING: Whoever you want but I would stop at a party of 2 (or 3 tops!). Due to the bar style seating, anything more than two people makes it hard to include and have convos with everyone. No one wants to strain their necks or feel like they were in a car accident from twisting and turning trying to talk to everyone. Also, hi good date spot — the intimate vibe makes it easy to well…get handsy if you catch my drift.
WHAT TO WEAR: Dress up, dress down, do you! But still look kinda cute because you never know when you’ll run into your ex or the man of your dreams…or finally get that sous-chef to flirt back with you.
WHAT’S THE VIBE: There’s always that great “buzz” of a packed restaurant going but it’s never too loud that you can’t hear yourself talk (yes, I’m typically more concerned with what I’m saying half the time anyway). Go alone and grab a quick bite or get comfy and stay a while…the possibilities are endless.
WHO YOU’LL SEE: Work drinks. First dates. 30th dates. Best Friends. Father Daughter. Honestly, kids aside, you’ll really see anyone — good food knows no boundaries.
EDDR LIFE LESSON: Trust the team — With a restaurant run by Ludo, please no substitutions or additions, they got you!
A2 FINAL THOUGHT: If our vote isn’t enough, then trust Bon App and get your butt to Petit Trois now. I’m assuming now that it’s rated the Top 3 Restaurant in America the lines will start forming again…ugh good for them, bad for me.
Call me Ludo,
Petit Trois ↔ 718 N. Highland Ave, LA, CA 90038 ↔ 323-468-8916