Jun 8, 2015

Hello Hollywood!

We recently spent two weeks in LA on official CITY GRIT business checking out the ever growing food scene. We visited over 70 spots ranging from a fancy night out at Maude to a stop at the Blue Corn Quesadilla lady in a random parking lot in Silver Lake. Here are our tasting notes:

Is leaving the skins on favas a thing?

Because we had more than one instance where it was a thing on our plate. And we were not fans. Especially when one of those plates is a part of a $110 tasting menu. We hope this isn’t a thing!

Can you actually marry a restaurant?

Because we may be in love with Republique. Everything from Chef Walter’s dishes to the impeccable wine list to the restaurant design itself make us swoon.

Terrine is the real deal.

And Chef Kris Morningstar is for sure a chef’s chef. It was by far the best service we experienced in LA and the food was just as on point. We loved the Terrine de Campagne and the Stuffed Bone Marrow!

Oh, and they serve brunch on Fridays – don’t miss the Pain Perdu!

Josef Centeno may be the most undercelebrated chef in LA.

We were so smitten with his food at The Ledlow and Baco Mercat that we booked a spot at the first seating at Orsa & Winston. It was hands down our favorite fine dining experience.

We saved the best for last.

We almost missed dinner at Alimento because our dining companions bailed at the last minute. Suffice to say we ordered enough for a four top and loved every bite. Chef Zack Pollack’s food is some of the most thoughtful and flavorful food we’ve eaten this year. We can't stop talking about the Chopped Salad. Or the Pig in a Blanket. Or the Octopus. Or the Beet Canederli.