Where I Ate in LA
On my way home from a weekend plus in LA for a conference and some other stuff. I ate well.
- •RépubliqueJust drinks and a few small plates, but I found the place delightful. Incredible light, very airy, friendly staff.
- •Du-Par'sHad to pop in for a stack at the farmers market classic. Also had a minor celebrity sighting: Leslie Jordan.
- •The Restaurant at the GettyThe Getty is an amazing place to spend the day, and you could do worse than their charming restaurant. It's not cheap, but the views are incredible. We split a few small plates: cheese and charcuterie plate, roasted apple salad, octopus. The Mapplethorpe exhibit is not to be missed.
- •BarooI haven't yet found words to describe the food here. Lots of fermented things and unusual flavors, like pineapple kimchi, passion fruit kraut, and pickled red onions with rose water. I feel like they haven't totally found their voice yet, but they are definitely making some of the most interesting and unusual food I've had in a long time.
- •25°Just a quick lunch with a friend. The chopped salad is lovely. And the Roosevelt Hotel is fabulous.
- •GjelinaThe darling of Venice lived up to the hype. I've been before, when it opened, but it's going strong. However, it's too popular for its own good, and our waitress might have died if she tried to crack a smile.
- •GjustaAfter, we walked to their bakery at the far end of Abbott-Kinney. I wish we had just come here instead. So warm and inviting, and full of delicious things. I got some rice pudding.
- •KoreatownI took a food tour of the neighborhood that involved tastes from a variety of places, more than I can recount. In the end we enjoyed lunch at Ssam, which was quite good.
- •LedlowJosef Centeno has a cluster of downtown restaurants, and this is the most straight-up American concept. Great, fluffy Parker house rolls, lovely chicken schnitzel, and a clever not-so-crudité of raw and pickled vegetables stuck with me. A delightful meal with @eatthelove and the ladies from The Splendid Table.
- •Musso & Frank GrillJust popped into here with a colleague for their famous martini and old-school atmosphere. Classic never goes out of style.
- •Bäco MercatLiterally next door to Ledlow, this is Centeno's Spanish-infused concept featuring his flatbread sandwiches, almost quesadilla-like. I enjoyed everything here and would return in a hurry.