The Bellwether is a go-to for foodies on both sides of the hill. The Studio City debut resto from Exec Chef/Owner Ted Hopson and Beverage Director/Owner Ann-Marie Verdi features a market-inspired, California produce-driven menu with family-style shareable dishes, infusion-based cocktails, and a hand-selected list of wine and beer.
Hopson brings his extensive burger experience at both Father’s Office and Umami Burger, along with his childhood in an extensive Italian-American family to create signature sandwiches at the Valley hotspot. He shares the inspiration for a pair of The Bellwether’s favorites below.
Patty Melt with a coarse brisket, short rib, and beef shoulder patty, taleggio cheese, caramelized onions, caraway, and Calabrian aioli on buttery grilled rye bread
- “We we blended our love of sandwiches and burgers, mixed in a little Italian influence, and our patty melt was born. The cheese and the aioli are the Italian spin.”
Ploughman’s Burger with Branston pickle and clothbound cheddar
- “The idea from this actually came from eating the traditional cheese lunch in England, which Ann-Marie and I both love. I always ate it as a sandwich. She had the great idea of making it a burger. It just came together so organically.”
A third sandwich creating some “heat” at The Bellwether’s brunch, the Nashville Hot Chicken Sando, features pimento cheese and green tomato “chow chow.”