10 Best Octopus Dishes in Los Angeles
Josef Centeno's fideo with octopus and kielbasa packs a spicy punch -- as do many items on Bar Ama's menu. Fideo, or noodle in Spanish, appears here in the form of toasted vermicelli in shrimp broth. What's especially attractive about this dish is the many textures, from smoky kielbasa and slippery vermicelli to soft cheese and crunchy pepitas. 118 W. 4th St., Los Angeles; 213-687-8002.
Allison Levine/Please the Palate Mo-Chica
Anticucho de Pulpo, a dish that is served at two of Ricardo Zarate's restaurants, Mo-Chica and Picca, is one of the spicier octopus dishes. Mo-Chica's manager, Jorge Espana, and the one server will probably announce this dish as their favorite: It's grilled octopus and roasted Kennebec potatoes drizzled with jalapeno sauce. This particular anticucho, or Peruvian grilled small dish, is marinated in vinegar and spices, then cooked with Cuzqueña beer. 514 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles; 213-622-3744.
Jessica Koslow Caulfield's
After appearing as a contestant last summer on a popular TV cooking competition show, Caulfield's chef Stephen Kalt was inspired to create an octopus salad using green papaya, ginger, jerky, Thai basil, fish sauce and lime. Kalt likes to cook a six- to seven-pound octopus and work with the amazing amounts of liquid that he says are released while it's cooking. This Thai-style dish sticks out from the American brasserie's menu, but Kalt says it shouldn't be so surprising considering how multicultural the food in this town is. 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-388-6860.
8445 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA
9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA