The City of Angels, a place where many hope their dreams of stardom can come true. It's true of the movie bizz and also that of the culinary world. Los Angeles is home to an abundance of amazing restaurants, eateries, hole in the walls you name it. On this particular visit I was there to hang out with my best friend who is getting married this Fall. She is located in West Hollywood where the world is completely and beautifully your oyster. Where you can witness solicitation in the middle of the day while walking into Bon Appetits latest restaurant rave. Nothing is more excellent. Every time I go back there I discover something new to love the city for. My last trip was a mini food tour from heaven. Let's start with day one.
The Waffle: 6255 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
My first morning needed a little mimosa boost so we headed in The Waffle. A larger than life diner-style spot that wafted of delicious breakfast aromas as trays of mason jar mimosas passed by held by servers with enormous welcoming smiles. It was closer to lunch than breakfast so we ordered the "Buffalo Chicken Fries" which were of course "waffle cut" fries with chopped buffalo chicken and a drizzle of housemade bleu cheese dressing. They were perfection. We also had their "Club Sandwich with housemade onion rings" This little diner classic was anything but little with thick slices of turkey breast, avocado and the best part! Crispy cabbage cole slaw. I don't remember having a more satisfying morning!
Next spot on our day drinking agenda was,
Mama Shelter: 6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
There we discovered an amazing rooftop terrace with a perfect view of the Hollywood hills. We treated ourselves to a moderately priced bottle of Rosé sitting on one of their many pillow covered couch beds. Memory of this day sipping ice cold rosé on this beautiful rooftop with my dearest friend will live in my mind until my dying days, it was a thing of simple magic.
The next day of my vacation we ventured out for sushi, California defiantly takes Charleston in the battle for sushi. We went to a newly opened sushi and sake bar on Hollywood Blvd. It was simple and breathtaking.
Waku Waku Sake Bar: 1511 N Chauenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
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There we enjoyed great service along with baby octopus, shrimp tempura, an array of sashimi, a few specialty rolls and of course sake. Nothing short of incredible. Simplicity at its finest, letting these beautiful fish shine for exactly what they are.
Night+Market: 3322 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
In the March issue of Bon Appetit for 2017 I came across a spread about an upcoming new chef and restauranteur Kris Yenbamroong of Night+Market who was born and raised in Los Angeles. I knew that I had to go. Wedged near the iconic bar "Lemmy's Bar (Rainbow Bar)" and iconic music venue "The Viper Room" this place is located in a very exciting area. We came, we ate, we were in LOVE. Night+Market did not at all disappoint. With a very traditional thai menu full of eclectic flavors and comforts, Night+Market had a vibe of home and style.Not to mention a crispy rice salad that I will forever dream about. You felt as though you were in Kris's grandmothers home. The variety of mismatched plates and the vibrant color were as on point as was the amazing food.
Animal: 435 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
And lastly on my food journey the was Animal. A menu filled with exciting strange items such as "Spicy Beef Tendon Chip with Charred Onion Pho" and "Veal Brains, Vadouvan, Apricot Puree, Carrot" it was as thrilling as it gets. While terrified to try some, and elated with others such as the "Marrow Bone, Chimichurri, Carmaolized Onions" it was a night I would never forget and the perfect ending to one of the best trips of my life.
To sum it up, if you can get to L.A, do so, immediately if not sooner. You will never be bored with the weather, the people watching, or the amazing food. Until next time Hollywood!