Daniel's Aioli - Daniel Boulud's Key 3, David Tanis on seaweed, Alice Medrich on desserts, Frank DeCaro plays Stump the Cook.
5010 Newport Avenue
The motto at this laid-back surfer joint is 'no shirt, no shoes, no problem!' The menu is classic beach food: great burgers, fries, malts, and homemade lemonade. It's what's on the burgers that makes them so good. They're piled high with mayo, mustard, ketchup, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and onion. Be forewarned: if you order the double burger at Hodad's it'll be at least 8 inches tall! Jane says it doesn't hurt a bit to eat these burgers while gazing at the golden gods emerging from the surf with their boards it ll make you feel like Gidget!