5100 York Blvd



Various prices


An elegant jewel box in Highland Park, Ba is a French restaurant notable for its classic provincial cuisine made with local, sustainable, and usually organic ingredients. The name "Ba" is a wink at its origins – its space used to be part of a bakery. Ba's tiny kitchen has corresponding refrigerators, so its chef and owner, James Graham, engages in what he calls "micro-purchasing" of produce, herbs, fish, and meat, making for extremely fresh ingredients. The well-edited menu varies a bit, depending on the seasonality of components. The can't-miss signature item is the heavenly wild mushroom brûlée starter, available on both the dinner and brunch menus. The savory crab beignets are also a good beginning to a meal. Entrees include French classics such as grilled entrecôte and steak frites. The superior grilled mahi mahi comes with a tasty, unpredictable vegetable medley of tempura zucchini blossoms, Brussels sprouts leaves, and kale. The moules frites are also noteworthy. Enjoy them with a glass or two from the well-selected, mostly-French wine list. Dessert offerings include a faultlessly caramelized crème brûlée, wedding cake (perfection on a plate in the form of white cake with lemon curd and buttercream frosting), and chocolate caramel layer cake. Chic yet unpretentious, Ba is a York Boulevard find.

Karin E. Baker, Flavorpill

Ba says…

Opened by artist and chef James Graham and sculptor Julia Latané, Ba is located at York Boulevard and Avenue 51 in Highland Park, Los Angeles in a century old brick storefront. Filled with sunset, the intimate artist-designed space boasts handcrafted furniture, wall treatments, upholstery, and lighting. The simple and seductive menu offers French provincial classics, prepared with haute cuisine techniques and uses the most exciting heirloom ingredients California offers. With an evolving and seasonal menu, Ba's meat and fish are local, sustainable, cruelty-free, and antibiotic-free. Food is paired with French wines and locally brewed ales.