I braved the twisting roads of Malibu's mountains and canyons to try one of the most storied restaurants in Los Angeles, the Saddle Peak Lodge...which I actually thought was a lodge until I learned more about the place before going in.
Faded from its former glory, the SPL is gaining new traction in foodie circles thanks to the efforts of Chef Adam Horton, 26, his dynamic young staff, and his fascinating menu choices (elk, anyone?). There's even talk of a Michelin star, and the steep dining bill reflects that, though it seems mostly worth it. The other interesting facet of the restaurant? A wine list that is almost entirely Californian. You don't find that every day, but hey, if you're going to go for it, go for it.