1. Bistro Papillote
Frenchman Laurent Brazier channels Child’s love of the culture’s fare into his onion soup ($9). But “it’s not easy,” he warns. It requires strategic techniques from the caramelized onions to the broth with brandy to the Gruyere.
For Niki Starr Weyler, her red wine-braised short rib with gnocchi, creminis and caramelized onions in a sherry sauce ($26) comes to mind. “It uses the skills I learned while cooking my way through her [recipes].”
Keeping it fresh was one of Child’s fundamentals (think her nicoise), and Cathy Pavlos pays her M.O. a tribute and twist with her wild ahi salad ($19)—made with avo. “Instead of Julia’s potatoes, we have our avocados: What is California without them?”
Jared Cook uses her béarnaise in his frenched bone-in Angus beef rib-eye ($38), and he just named his second daughter after her: “I think Julia would’ve approved!"