Hats Off

The new Hatfield's is bigger and better than ever

When Quinn and Karen Hatfield closed their intimate, eponymous Beverly Boulevard bistro last year, loyal fans cried. When they reopened it in February in the former home of Michel Richard's storied Citrus, food gossips gasped: Could such an intimate, personal concept work in such a large space?

There's no reason to worry: The new Hatfield's has more to offer than ever.

At the bar, typical tavern fare has been refined with dishes like the Hangtown Fry ($8), fluffy scrambled eggs topped with plump fried oysters and chunks of bacon, and made-over chicken tenders, which are soaked in buttermilk, cooked en sous vide, then breaded and fried ($7).

The main attraction is the dining room, with views straight into the bustling kitchen. Quinn is on his game more than ever. Start with his classic yellowtail croque madame, silky sashimi and prosciutto sandwiched between buttery, toasted brioche rounds and topped with a fried quail egg ($14).

Cherry-pick off of the tasting menu for daily specials, or stick with staples like gorgeously pink New York steak with squiggly spaetzle ($32). For dessert, try Karen's airy cinnamon-sugar beignets with chocolate fondue ($10).

Let wine director Peter Birmingham work his magic with wine pairings–you're bound to discover something new, like the super-juicy, easy-to-drink 2007 Altovinum Evodia Old Vine Granacha from Spain–a bargain at only $25 a bottle.

Hatfield's Restaurant, 6703 Melrose Ave., Hollywood; 323-935-2977 or hatfieldsrestaurant.com