The industrial district of downtown LA may sound like an odd place for a French bistro. Yet tucked away in this neighborhood, on the ground floor of the Biscuit Company Lofts, you will find hearty French fare at Church and State.
It was about ten years ago that the abandoned Nabisco Company Factory was rehabilitated into luxury residential lofts. The building is an architectural masterpiece and the restaurant opened on the ground floor in a neighborhood that is really quaint.
The neighborhood is still somewhat gritty but this should not dissuade you from an adventure. The food at Church and State is delicious and definitely worth the splurge.
The appetizers at Church and State do not disappoint. Menu highlights include the Alsacian onion tart with flaky crust and a perfect mix of tangy and sweet flavors, a tender and flavorful pork belly with a crisp skin, a rich chicken liver mousse with crispy toast points, a well-seasoned roasted bone marrow, and a macaroni and cheese au gratin comprised of several cheeses and a rich béchamel that come together for a perfect bite. For those who are brave, there is escargot.
If you feel like a traditional main course, you cannot go wrong with French classics like the steak frites, the moules frites, the cassoulet, or the seared duck breast.
For those who love French food and those who want an adventure, I highly recommend Church and State.