May 22, 2019 Mitch Kampf

Restaurant of the Week: Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant

Our Featured Restaurant of the Week is Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant!

Chef Curtis Stone and Luke Stone pose inside their restaurant, Gwen.

Chef Curtis Stone and Luke Stone. Photo courtesy of Gwen.

Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant, a world-class butcher shop and fine dining restaurant by chef Curtis Stone and his brother Luke Stone, opened in July 2016 in Hollywood, CA. Bringing together the craft of the butcher and the knowledge of the chef, Gwen’s European-style butcher shop aims to deliver the best in class for quality, taste, and service.  The restaurant’s à la carte menu showcases a mix of individually-plated and shared dishes including charcuterie from the butcher shop; classic and innovative vegetable and pasta dishes; and beautiful meats prepared with primitive fire-cooking methods over the in-house fire pit and asador.

Inspired by European neighborhood butchers, Gwen brings back traditional butchery practices using only the best quality products and working directly with customers to guide them in finding cuts, preparing, cooking, and serving products. The shop is open for retail and lunch during the day, and also serves as the heartbeat of the restaurant’s menu. Pristine cuts and handcrafted butcher items are displayed in cases, while larger cuts and charcuterie are hung in the custom-built dry-age room that separates the butcher shop from the dining room. Prime and rare breed meats, poultry, house-made charcuterie, sausages, dry cures, and dry aged meat are processed in-house for a world-class experience.

Gwen has the ritual of eating a steak down.

From choosing what farm the animal has come from and the care that has gone into raising the animal. To the length of the in-house dry aged process. To correctly trimming the steak. To the temperature of the wood fired grill to get the perfect crust. To only preparing medium rare, unless instructed otherwise by special request. To the presentation. To having the guests choose their own unique knife, each with a story behind it…. The result was one of the best steaks I’ve had.

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