Chefs' Favorite Restaurant Dishes We collaborated with the Chefs Feed app to bring you a highly opinionated list from all corners of the West from the people who know food best Eat Like a Chef There's so much buzz around food in the West, it can be tough to decide what to eat first. To help, we're partnering with Chefs Feed, a new app that enlists top chefs to share not only their favorite restaurants—but also exactly what they eat there. We've pulled together the most delectable dishes from their recommendations. Their picks come from all corners of the West, spanning Seattle to Santa Fe, and classic old restaurants to strip-mall joints you might walk right by if a chef hadn't told you: "Go there—now." Pinterest Paella Restaurant: Cafe Aion, BoulderRecommended by: Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson of Frasca Caffe, Frasca Food and Wine, and Pizzeria Locale "A fun meal meant to be shared," says Mackinnon-Patterson of this tapas bar's star dish. "The flavor combination is amazing and well-balanced—sausage, tomato, chicken, and mussels work beautifully with the saffron rice." $$; 1235 Pennsylvania Ave. Shaved Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad Restaurant: Oak at Fourteenth, BoulderRecommended by: Jennifer Jasinski of Denver's Bistro Vendôme and Rioja At this sleek open-kitchen restaurant, the kale salad served with togarashi chile and candied almonds "blew me away," says Jasinski. "My chef-husband Max and I fought over it" $$$; 1400 Pearl St. Green Buzz Açaí Bowl Restaurant: Choice Health Bar, MauiRecommended by: Sheldon Simeon of Aloha Mixed Plate, Leoda's, and Star Noodle This simple counter's spoon-worthy smoothie "gives you a super-focused boost of energy," says Simeon, thanks to açaí, berries, spirulina, coconut water, and toppings that include bee pollen and goji berries. $$; 1087 Limahana Place, Lahaina, Maui; 808/661-7711. Belgian Fries Restaurant: Wurstküche, Los AngelesRecommended by: Michael Cimarusti of Connie & Ted's and Providence At this neo–beer hall known for its exotic sausages, the fries are "perfectly crisp, fluffy, well-salted, and come with brats," says Cimarusti. $; 800 E. Third St.; wurstkuche.com. The Hatch Burger Restaurant: Umami Burger, Los AngelesRecommended by: Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica and Picca "These are some tasty burgers," says Zarate, crowning the Hatch as king. "It's really spicy but not overpowering, with house cheese and four kinds of green chiles." $; 189 The Grove Dr. Butterscotch Budino with Caramel Sauce and Sea Salt Restaurant: Pizzeria Mozza, Los AngelesRecommended by: John Sedlar of Rivera This thick, creamy traditional Italian pudding is a meal-ender that Angelenos save up their calories to indulge in. "Destination: dessert," says Sedlar. "No doubt about it. Go now!" $$; 641 N. Highland Ave. Soup Dumplings Restaurant: Din Tai Fung, Los AngelesRecommended by: Roy Choi of A-Frame, Chego, KogiBBQ Truck, and Sunny Spot The faithful spend hours awaiting a seat at this strip-mall dumpling mecca. "I could eat 40 of these in one sitting," says Choi. "Juicy morsels of pork ... melt away in little bags of goodness." $$; 1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia; dintaifungusa.com. The Godmother Restaurant: Bay Cities Italian Deli, Los AngelesRecommended by: Susan Feniger of Border Grill and Susan Feniger's Street "Italian cold cuts, mustard, mayo, something acidic, and spicy sauce" make the Godmother a sandwich "you can't miss," Feniger says. Fans wolf it down at the 1925 deli's picnic tables. $; 1517 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica; bcdeli.com. Squid Ink Pasta Restaurant: Toro Bravo, PortlandRecommended by: Chris Israel of Cask and Grüner At an always-bustling tapas bar, "this Spanish-style pasta dish has the unusual but delicious combination of wild boar sausage and Dungeness crab," says Israel. "Smoky and salty with just the right chew." $$; 120 N.E. Russel St.; torobravopdx.com. Rotisserie Chicken Restaurant: Olympia Provisions, PortlandRecommended by: Vitaly Paley of Imperial, Paley's Place, and Portland Penny Diner "This yard bird is moist and crispy," Paley says. "Chicken churning on a rotisserie—it's totally worth the anticipation when you're rewarded with it carved on your plate." $$$; 1632 N.W. Thurman St. Toast with Butter and Jam Restaurant: Oui Presse, PortlandRecommended by: Ken Forkish of Ken's Artisan Bakery and Ken's Artisan Pizza "A thick slice of country bread, toasted, slathered with good butter and jam" in flavors like Oregon marionberry and strawberry "satisfies that midmorning, didn't-have-breakfast, need-something-good-with-coffee urge," says Forkish. $; 1740 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes Restaurant: The Garage, Salt Lake CityRecommended by: Ryan Lowder of Copper Onion and Plum Alley Traditionally served as a post-memorial casserole, this dish is an outrageous take—deep-fried nuggets of cheese, hash browns, and more—that's "a fun play on a classic," says Lowder. "It's kind of fatty, comforting food that goes well with a cold beer." $; 1199 N. Beck St.; garageonbeck.com. Recipe: Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes Tacos de Carnitas Restaurant: La Taqueria, San FranciscoRecommended by: Michael Mina of Bourbon Steak, Michael Mina, and RN74 Leave it to a Michelin-starred chef to settle the taco wars: "I love the balance of juicy meat, both crisp and soft shell, and spicy salsa," Mina says of the tacos de carnitas served at this humbly appointed 40-year-old Mission District spot. $; 2889 Mission St.; 415/285-7117. Recipe: Tacos de Carnitas Seafood Chowder Restaurant: Bar Crudo, San FranciscoRecommended by: Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food The secret to this tiny oyster bar's cream-based chowder, says Bowien, is that "they drop the fish left over from making crudo [raw fish] in the chowder at the last minute." $$$; 655 Divisadero St. House of Prime Rib Cut Restaurant: House of Prime RibRecommended by: Hiro Sone of Ame in S.F. and Terra in St. Helena At this low-lit steakhouse, Sone asks "for a slice close to the neck, which has a larger deckle," he says (deckle is a band of fat). "Add a baked potato and a Napa Valley Cab, and you don't need anything else." $$$$; 1906 Van Ness Ave. Salted Caramel Ice Cream Restaurant: Bi-Rite CreameryRecommended by: Melissa Perello of Frances and Octavia Few ice creams inspire as much fervor as this top seller at small-batch purveyor Bi-Rite. "I love the creamy consistency and depth of flavor that the salt adds," says Perello. 3692 18th St. Morning Bun Restaurant: Tartine BakeryRecommended by: Jake Godby of Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream "Basically a rolled-up croissant with cinnamon and orange" is how Godby describes this bun served at the always-packed bakery. "This would be my last meal. Enough said." $; 600 Guerrero St. Steamed Pork Buns Restaurant: Yank Sing, San FranciscoRecommended by: Chris Cosentino of Boccalone Salumeria and Incanto A classic dim sum dish is realized here as warm, fluffy buns stuffed with nuggets of honey-glazed barbecued pork. "Remember the to-go window at the Rincon location for a quick in-and-out during their busy times," says Cosentino. $; 101 Spear St. San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Arugula, and Mascarpone Pizza Restaurant: Pizzetta 211, San FranciscoRecommended by: Mourad Lahlou of Aziza and Mourad This pizza at the Richmond neighborhood hideaway is "all about balance," says Lahlou. "Sweet and acidic tomatoes, bitter wild arugula, and creamy cheese. Ask them to add anchovies." $$; 211 23rd Ave. Brown Derby Cocktail Restaurant: Bar AgricoleRecommended by: Jennifer Puccio of Marlowe and Park Tavern Of all the drinks that somtimes appear on the James Beard award-nominated cocktail list, start here: "Paired with grapefruit, lemon, honey, and bitters, this drink made me discover my inner bourbon lover," says Puccio. 355 11th St. Roast Chicken for Two Restaurant: Zuni Cafe, San FranciscoRecommended by: Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn The gold standard for roast chicken for 25 years, this dish reminds Crenn "of my mother's chicken," she says. "The crispy skin from the wood-fired oven is so comforting, and I love the bread salad that soaks up all the juices." $$$; 1658 Market St. Squash Blossom Beignets Restaurant: 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Santa FeRecommended by: Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin Rios loves "going to 315 when the squash blossom beignets are being served" with a tomato sauce and goat-cheese fondue. (Available in summer, usually Jun-Jul.) $$$; 315 Old Santa Fe Trail. Smoked Trout Hash Restaurant: Cafe Pasqual's, Santa FeRecommended by: James Campbell Caruso of La Boca and Taberna La Boca At this brightly decorated bistro, eggs, potatoes, cheese, chives, and "trout that always tastes nice and fresh" combine in a "hearty but light breakfast," says Caruso. "I top my order with some authentic New Mexican chiles." $$; 121 Don Gaspar Ave. Made-to-Order Doughnuts Restaurant: Dahlia Lounge, SeattleRecommended by: Bill Morris of the Rainier Club Doughnuts are "light and slightly sweetened, served warm and fresh from the fryer" to your cozy booth at this upscale spot, says Morris. "These are awesome!" Vanilla mascarpone and a "fun and tasty" seasonal jam are served alongside. $$$; 2001 Fourth Ave. Sweet Fennel Sausage Pizza Restaurant: Serious Pie, SeattleRecommended by: Mark Fuller of Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky "Flavorful, crispy, light, and slightly charred," is how Fuller describes this pie's crust. "It's smoky from the burning applewood, with delcious handcrafted toppings such as sweet fennel sausage." $$; 316 Virginia St. Thai Crabcakes Restaurant: Flying Fish, SeattleRecommended by: Maria Hines of Agrodolce and Tilth "A classic!" Hines says. The "combination of Northwest ingredients and Pacific Rim flavors" kicks "the standard crabcake up a notch." $$$; 300 Westlake Ave. N.; flyingfishseattle.com. Recipe: Thai Crabcakes 8 Spice Fish Restaurant: Maenam, VancouverRecommended by: Nico Schuermans of Cafe Medina, Chambar, and the Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen "Crispy lingcod, served in a caramelized tamarind and palm sugar sauce, is topped with eight different fried herbs and spices" at this sleek Thai restaurant, says Schuermans. $$ U.S.; 1938 W. Fourth Ave. Ricotta, Pea, and Mint Agnolotti with Braised Lamb Cheeks Restaurant: La Buca, VancouverRecommended by: Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Cafe "If you love Italian food, chef Andrey Durbach takes you there without having to get on a plane," Feenie says of this rich pasta dish that appears on the menu seasonally. "He uses the finest local ingredients available." $$$ U.S.; 4025 MacDonald St. Download Chefs Feed For more chefs' dish recommendations in the West and beyond, download the Chefs Feed iPhone app in the App Store. Or, learn more about Chefs Feed at chefsfeed.com.