Dining in LA
I was all too excited to make a quick jaunt to LA last weekend. Unfortunately, I don’t always have a lot of time while I am there and it is usually nonstop, trying to visit as many people as I can and still fill my heart and soul with as much LA energy as possible. It just has the most special place in my heart, what can I say.
But no matter how long I’m in my hometown, I always make it a point to visit a few eateries on my list. You know, that list of must try restaurants and speciality dishes. You have one, right? I think I’ve mentioned how I have one for several cities and LA is no exception. Well, I must say that I tackled my list quite nicely on this 48 hour trip.
Milo & Olive:
I follow zoenathanloeb on instagram, who happens to be a cookbook author and the restauranteur behind Huckleberry Cafe, Sweet Rose Creamery and Milo & Olive. She posts some of the most beautiful photos of her adventures in recipe testing so I knew I had to add her restaurants to the List. Friday was a long day of travel and being in the hair salon (that’s a whole other story) so I actually ended up doing a little solo dining. I arrived around 9pm and sat at the counter which looks into the open kitchen. Being able to watch the pizzas, pastas and garlic knots being prepared fueled my hunger and excitement. I asked the waitress if I could handle the rather large garlic knot, their must have item, plus an entree all by myself. She said I could but then assured me that the garlic knot would reheat well. I was sold. I ordered that and the crab spaghetti for my main dish. Needless to say, I left stuffed and very, very satisfied.
Saturday morning was brunch with my Ladybird JP Archie. I eagerly suggested Sqirl Kitchen and my girl was all too excited since that has been on her list also (she has one too!). You can read more about the owner here, but she started making jams with different combinations of organic fruits, opened a coffee shop and then expanded to a kitchen/restaurant. We arrived before what appeared to be the morning rush and were able to score a table outdoors. We went inside to place our order but became so conflicted because everything sounded so damn good. In the end, we ended up getting the same dish, the pesto bowl described below that we had both seen on our instagram news feeds so many times, and shared a slice of brioche toast topped with fig preserves. The bowl was incredible. Savory, flavorful with a little spicy heat, all while being pretty good for you. That poached egg was the epitome perfection, especially when the yolk mixed with the brown rice, pesto, feta and pickled radish. My stomach is rumbling just typing this.
This was an impromptu stop since we were good and full from our brunch but that is precisely why I love rollin’ around LA with my Ladybird. We were thinking of having a cup of coffee somewhere but when I spotted a Moon Juice shop, I suggested we make a quick u-turn. I’m a big fan of Pressed Juicery but have read good things about this new cold pressed juice shop and needed to try it. Yes, it was a need. Just walking into Moon Juice relaxes and refreshes you in an instant with their unintended aromatherapy. Although the location in Silverlake is in a strip mall, the store is light, bright and airy immediately transporting you to a beach getaway. The menu of juices got me so excited, I was ready to try each one but had to contain myself because I did NOT want to check my luggage. So, I only bought two. The vanilla fig, which was freakin’ delicious and gone in an instant and the seasonal watermelon, tomato and lime. I saved that one for Sunday morning before my flight. Initially I was a little iffy on this combination but I’m glad I was feeling adventurous because it was surprisingly flavorful. No one ingredient was too overpowering but the combination was totally refreshing. And a perfect balance to my donut from Randy’s (I never leave LA without at least one).
Dinner with my high school girlfriends led me here. An Italian restaurant that boasts authentic food with an intimate ambiance. Not a restaurant on my list but definitely worth the trip. The burrata crostini with proscuitto and truffles warrants a definite return during an upcoming visit. This was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had! For my entree, I ordered the pasta carbonara and my girlfriends ordered the branzino, the halibut and the steak. Everything was grrrreaT!!
48 hours and I got it IN, didn’t I? What’s on your restaurant list?
Chat ya’ later
- Ranking Roy Choi’s Los Angeles Restaurants (seriouseats.com)