Over the holidays and into the new year, I have been partaking in many of the wonderful eateries that Los Angeles has to offer. Cases in point:
This somewhat unconventional restaurant lies on the outskirts of the city. The cuisine is definitely farm to table and the decor is creek-side, serene, country, rural and warm. It actually incorporates a bike shop, artisanal coffee shop, hopping bar and restaurant with beautiful indoor and outdoor seating.
The Forbidden Rice Salad with black rice, marinated tofu, cucumber kimchi and miso-ginger vinaigrette. The 5 Grain Salad with quinoa, cous cous, rice, millet, farro, dates, avocado, carrot, beet, and baby kale in a balsamic vinaigrette.
This has been on my restaurant list for some time. The Father’s Office burger is legendary in Los Angeles. I finally had the opportunity to try it. And I was not disappointed. Juicy with scant gourmet touches of blue cheese and arugula, there was nothing generic nor wimpy (in character) about this burger. The chef is known for not allowing ketchup or refinements to his masterpiece and I finally understand why. It is right unto itself. The accompanying fries are magnificent and the garlic aioli is perfect.
Another gastropub-style eatery that has been on my list. While in the area, I made the effort to try it. First impressions: great outdoor seating with clips to attach your dog leash – love that! Service friendly. Menu full of amazing alcohol choices if you’re into that – beers, whiskeys, gins and the like. They are also known for their burger so that was a must.
When it arrives, there’s a pinkish, reddish looking piece of paper in the middle of my burger. Did the chef forget to take the paper off the raw burger before serving? What is that? Not willing to chance it, I call the server over to ask. Aha! Of course. It’s ketchup leather. Like fruit leather but with ketchup. Turns out, the chef doesn’t want ketchup to soggy your bun so instead he made ketchup fruit leather that melts as you eat the burger. Genius.
The fries are delicious, as is the kale caesar salad with miso-glazed salmon.
A new outpost open merely weeks into the new year, Stir Market is part gourmet market, part restaurant/bakery and part beer/wine bar. Backed by the well-known local chef Jet Tila (amongst others), this European market features farm-to-table style food with worldly influences.
The Tangiers Quinoa Bowl: chickpea, shredded carrot, zucchini, pepitas, dried apricots in a tahini yogurt dressing. As gorgeous as it was flavorful.
So Many More To Try
In a bustling city like Los Angeles, restaurants are opening (and closing) every week. I try to keep track of the ones I want to try but it is a challenge. Here are some of the ones I’m looking forward to trying soon:
Pok Pok Phat Thai: Chinatown
Chego: Chinatown, by Roy Choi
The Gadarene Swine: Studio City
Petit Trois: Ludo Lefebvre
Commissary: DTLA by Roy Choi
Barrel and Ashes: Studio City
Squirl, Republique, Eggslut, Bill & Hiroko’s, The Anchor, Gus’ BBQ, Superba Food & Bread, Little Fork, Szechuan Impression, Wildcraft Pizza, Hollywood Pies, Silver Lake Ramen, Alma, Chi Spacca, A Frame ….