Sunday, June 28, 2015

Its Black Truffle Season at Via Veneto

Truffle season is complicated. There's white and black. There's a season for Italy, a season for Australia, and a season for domestic truffles. It can be overwhelming. Luckily for us they are all delicious. Most people would agree that despite all these regions and types Italian black truffles are the best. And its hard to argue with perfection. With the start of black truffle season reaching the US Via Veneto in Santa Monica is putting these beautiful pieces of fungal heaven on everything. You can get it on a steak, on a scallop, pasta, or even with a risotto.
And with them being around since 2002 in LA's harsh resturant climate they must be doing something right. While its a nice spot for a date night you should go alone to try the wild boar risotto. It's my favorite risotto in Santa Monica by far and when you try it you wont want to share. So get truffles on everything. Except maybe the tiramisu.  

                                       3009 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Seared scallop 

Bone in rib eye 

wild boar risotto 


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gasolina Cafe Brings the Spanish Countryside to to SFV

Chef Sandra Cordero wanted a nice neighborhood spot where people could meet over some breakfast and coffee in this unassuming strip infested area of the San Fernando Valley thus  Gasolina Cafe  was born.  Celebrating Chef Cordero's roots the restaurant is all about rustic Spanish style cooking. With nothing on the menu over 20 dollars it may be the most affordable Spanish  dining spot in Los Angeles.

It is almost a shame that Gasolina is only open for dinner for special events because the food would sure to be excellent. With a one page menu everything at Gasolina seems to be cooked with a lot of attention to detail from the fried spanish potatoes (some of the best I have ever had) to the churros. There is nothing on the menu that if you were to Instagram people wouldn't bitch at you for not taking them to brunch. Although you need to get some of the potatoes. That may just be the Irish in me talking.

                                           21014 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Spanish fried potatoes with a lamb burger 

churros with chocolate sauce 

chorizo sandwich 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The London West Hollywood Rooftop Has a New Menu and the best Views in Hollywood.

The Sunset Strip is filled with tourist traps, overpriced food, and generally experiences not worth what you pay for them. The London West Hollywood's new menu may change people's perception of that. Located on the roof of the London the views are amazing. On a clear day you can easily see the skyline of downtown L.A. It's a great spot to share some plates with your friends and enjoy a drink or two.

What should you get food wise? The menu goes all over the place but not in a bad way. You can get anything from lamb ribs to sushi rolls. The aforementioned lamb ribs seem to be one of the most popular dishes here. Fatty, (make sure to hit them with the lime) smokey, and rich these are a nice change from beef and pork ribs.  The duck pasta here is also a good choice. It has chunks of duck with mascarpone cheese mixed with handmade pasta. It is a rich dish so make sure to get a fruity drink to cut it. If you go make sure to let us know what you think!

                                1020 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Duck pasta with handmade pasta 

Chicken meatballs 

Lamb ribs 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Halfsies Bistro & Bakery a 24 Hour Restaurant is Opening in Pasadena

Old Town Pasadena is rapidly changing. Places come and go. Luckily It seems the trend for Pasadena right now is new spots coming in. Halfsies Bistro & Bakery is coming in to Fair Oaks Ave (it says Spring....) hopefully soon. It is supposed to be a 24 hour restaurant in a city with a serious lack of that. With The Spice Factory dying a few spaces away in under a year I hope they do well.

                                                  Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Killer Cafe Gives LA a New 24 Dining Option.

Marina Del Rey has a local's dining secret  Killer Cafe. The newest, youngest member of the  Killer family (Shrimp and Hamburger Hamlet)  Killer Cafe is a rare 24/7 restaurant. But why is this a local's secret? Being next to a usually packed Killer Shrimp location you can get Killer Shrimp's core menu items at Killer Cafe (usually without much of a wait.) While the eats at Killer Shrimp are great (check it out in a previous post) Killer Cafe has charms of its own. There's a great patio view of the boat marina which you can enjoy while eating whatever you feel like (because it is 24 hours.)  
You may think the menu here can be weak because hey its 24 hours and the only real competition around is Denny's and an occasional Ihop.  But besides getting the famous dishes of Killer Shrimp Killer Cafe is loaded with comfort food like meatloaf, (mashed potatoes are actually pretty good) mac and cheese balls, and a large breakfast menu served all day. The guys of Killer Shrimp are working hard and putting insane hours into this place so hopefully if you go you will like it a little bit as much as they do. And no that milkshake photo was not photoshopped. 

4213 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Spicy shrimp pot pie 


killer shrimp 

mac and cheese balls.