Jill’s 10 Favorite Restaurants in 2015

In 2015 I dined at least three times a week in search of the quintessential dining experience. That is over 150 restaurants I had to reflect back on to chose only 10 favorites for the year.

To qualify, the ambiance needed to be clean and appealing, the service must be friendly and efficient, and the food needed to “wow” me. Throw in a stellar wine list and a few tantalizing cocktails.

When friends asked for dining recommendations, these were the culinary experiences that I fondly recommended. I hope to visit each of these restaurants again in 2016 –

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  1. Barton G – Winner of the Special Occasion Dining Award

Jaw dropping culinary presentations begin the moment you sit down at Barton G and continue throughout the evening with vaporizing cocktails on elegant trays and three-foot tall entrees and desserts parade around the dining room. If you don’t want people ogling over the dishes you order, than Barton G may be too intrusive for you. These dishes demand attention. It’s the ultimate special occasion restaurant. When my daughter turns 21 in 2016, I will take her here to sip her first martini named Buddahlicious. the pear infused vodka is mixed with lychee and cranberry juice and served with a nitrogen pop of pear vodka and small golden buddah. Rub his tummy for good fortune.

What to order:

Cocktail: Sabrinatini martini served with a nitro-champagne swizzle stick and a solid chocolate monkey hanging down the side of the glass.

Food: The fresh line-caught halibut ceviche served inside into a leopard print stiletto heel. It’s mixed with a scoop of mango sorbet and small laughing bird shrimp marinated with the halibut in leche de tigre for hours. It’s drained and poured into a shot glass. Guests are to drink back the shot before reaching for a long plantain chip to scoop the avocado mousse, mango sorbet and ceviche.DSC_0475

Dessert: The Marie Antoinette served with pink cotton candy styled as a wig and the baked Alaskan Everglade with a large croaking neon eyed frog and huge piece of seven-layer red velvet ice cream cake, wrapped in toasted meringue and topped with full size candy apple to represent the ‘cherry’ on top.

Dress code: Celebrity fashion – short skirts, high heals and great hair.

Open Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday the restaurant is open until 11 p.m.
61 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310)388-1888 –Barton G LAFullSizeRender-17

2. Terrine – Winner of the Most Romantic Al Fresco Dining

For my 26th wedding anniversary, I took my husband to Stephane Bombet, Executive Chef Kris Morningstar and Francois Renaud’s newer elegant California brasserie. Chef Morningstar pleases Los Angelenos with some of his French favorites that include beef tartare, onion soup, steak frites, divine quiche, escargot, tartines, and Croque Madame’s.

Cocktail: Terrine Gin & Tonic made with Bombay East, Renaud’s lemongrass and a house made yuzu tonic. It’s pretty with a long peeled rind of ruby red grapefruit.

FullSizeRender-15Entree: The juicy Terrine burger with truffle butter and cheese, a secret aioli, flash fried onions and cured tomato jam. The jam elevates this burger, especially on the soft brioche bun.

Dessert: French lemon tart. The meringue on top looked like floral grommets torched lightly to give the dish a visually stunning presentation.

Dress Code – Fashionable

Hours: Hours are from – 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Terrine – 8265 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles – (323)746-5130 – Terrine

Girasoldrink3. Girasol – Winner of the Best Field To Table

The design inside is magical. One feels as if they are inside a giant sunflower. Executive Chef CJ Jacobson and two-time “Top Chef” alumni, and Chef de Cuisine Justin Abram work their magic in the kitchen. They visit local farmers’ markets, while GM Adrian Migliore forages local herbs and flowers in the Angeles National forest several times a week. They gather edible weeds, bushes and pine needles to enhance many of the dishes. The butter for their exquisite bread is infused with toasted lovage leaves, the burrata salad is dressed with a forest floor vinaigrette.

Cocktail – a frosty tall aluminum tumbler filled with a slightly sweet vodka-guava cocktail. It’s similar in presentation to a Moscow Mule.

Entree – A signature dish at this restaurant is the octopus salad. The chefs roast long eggplant until it’s almost a puree. They add Little Gem and frisée lettuce to the plate. To make the salad dressing, the chefs char some rosemary and toss the ash with olive oil. This offers a more intense essence of the herb. The octopus is stewed for almost two hours in its own juices and then grilled before its placed on top of the salad. It’s finished with sweet & sour chilies and toasted lovage.

Dessert – Deconstructed chocolate S’mores dazzled with bright yellow sunflower petals on a dark chocolate bar, with marshmallows, banana cream, caramelized banana sliced lengthwise and a graham cracker crust.

Hours: Nightly for dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., on Sundays they serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 11334 Moorpark St. Studio City, (818)924-2323 – Girasol

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4. The Front Yard – Winner of the You’ll Have A Great Time

In LA there are a slew of hotels that offer exceptional restaurants. In Studio City, the beloved Garland Hotel’s signature restaurant is a lot of fun.

Cocktail –  Cucumber press cocktail made by head bartender Will Cutting. He mixes Bulldog gin, lime juice, cilantro, cucumber, and combier pamplemousse, which is a grapefruit flavored triple sec. This is an ideal drink for a hot summer day and evening.

Entree – Chef Turano is an expert at seafood with his grilled red wine glazed octopus with pickled ramp aioli, spiced crisp chickpeas, and a radish salad. We also ordered his wild halibut entree. It’s delivered to his kitchen as a whole fish before Turano butchers the 30 pound fish himself. One side of the halibut is pure white in color, the other side is darker and more gray. He takes the pure white meat of the fish and prepares it with three different cauliflowers. It’s served with a blond gastrique made with Chardonnay and sprinkled of sugar and butter. The dish is colorful with small green cauliflower florets and pickled beech mushrooms.

Dessert – Salted caramel pudding in a jam jar with freshly popped salted caramel popcorn decorating the plate.

Open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. $$ 4222 Vineland Ave. (818)255-7290 – The Front Yard

(La Quinta - Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(La Quinta – Photo by Jill Weinlein)

5. Morgan’s in the Desert – Winner of Epicurean Delights

Spend a weekend at the La Quinta Resort and Spa to experience Executive chef Jimmy Schmidt three-course themed prix fixe menu with wine pairing menu selected by Morgan’s Sommelier Lisa Tussing. One week it could be an Heirloom pear and Artisan duck menu, the next Squab and Pumpkin dishes.

Cocktail – Pomegranate-Ginger Margarita Sauza Agave Tequila, Pomegranate Juice, Ginger & Lime. Served on the rocks.

(Chef Jimmy Schmidt knows how to prepare local ingredients into spectacular dishes. Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Chef Jimmy Schmidt knows how to prepare local ingredients into spectacular dishes. Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Entree – The Mahi-Mahi dusted with coriander seeds and served with a mild chopped celery root and roasted leeks with lots of microgreens. Coriander is the dry seed from cilantro. It offers a pleasantly sweet and lemon essence to the fish.

Dessert – The visually spectacular butter popcorn ice cream parfait served with salted caramel house made Cracker Jack popcorn. It’s heightened with bittersweet chocolate fudge and sea salted caramel.

Dress Code – Resort wear

Dinner is served nightly from 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. 49499 Eisenhower Dr. La Quinta, CA (760) 564-4111 – Morgan’s in the Desert

(Photo of Ricardo Zarate and Jill Weinlein by Rick Weinlein)
(Photo of Ricardo Zarate and Jill Weinlein by Rick Weinlein)

6. Smoke. Oil. Salt – Winner of Best Tapa Hour 

James Beard nominee Ricardo Zarate and Executive chef Brian Gregg created a new three tapa “happy hour” special for $19. Pair it with a glass of Spanish wine, sparking cava, fruity sangria for and extra $7.

Cocktail –  Kalimotxo – a Spanish cocktail made with equal parts red wine and a cola-based soft drink.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Entree – Crispy Frito chicken with Serrano ham and a lovely, slightly spicy red brava sauce. Also, grilled scallops on a pea puree adorned with crunchy hazelnuts and a tangy lemon aioli. The Pintxo de Iberico, is a toasted sourdough bread layered with a slightly smokey unpasteurized sheep milk, and delicious Iberico ham.

Dessert – Brazo Gitano made with rolled sponge cake, dulce de leche and a passion fruit curd.

Tapa Hour is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner nightly from 5:30 to 12 a.m. Brunch is served on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 7274 Melrose Ave. (323)930-7900 – Smoke. Oil. Salt

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(Photo of Robert Downey Jr. by Timothy White)

7. Cavatina – Winner of Dine Like a Celebrity

Located in the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood. It opened its door in 1963 and soon became a favorite to rock stars coming to Los Angeles. Below the street level pool is a world-class sound studio. Some of the best rock stars have recorded their Grammy-winning songs here. They also can park their tour bus underground to stay incognito from their fans.

During the award-season with Emmy’s, Oscars and Grammy’s, the hotel sells out and is filled with A list actors, musicians, comedians, writers, artists, filmmakers, fashion designers, supermodels, restaurateurs, billionaire entrepreneurs.

The night I was invited to dine at the fine dining restaurant Cavatina, my group and I partied like rock stars while enjoying a multi-course dinner prepared by James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Schlow and the new Executive Chef Jonathan Kim.

Appetizer – The Grilled Octopus was served with a “hummus” made from black chick pea puree, olives, fresno chiles.

Entree – a skillet of shrimp and lobster with black crispy rice.

Dessert – An exquisite creme fraiche cheesecake with a hazelnut crumble and scoop of Fossleman’s coffee espresso ice cream.

Dress Code – LA hip or Rock star

1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, CA – (310) 657-1333 – Cavatina

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

8. The Church Key – Winner of Best Dining Cart Experience

Foodies and locals rave about their unique Dinner and Brunch wheel cart dining service. Celebrating their second anniversary, Executive chef Steven Fretz and General Manager Joseph Sabato decided to introduce the cart service for a creative lunch experience.

Cocktail – The Church Key Mimosas made with fresh fruit elixirs and the Bloody Mary with an array of garnishes.

FullSizeRender-66Entree – Vegetarians love the bright green English pea falafel patty on a dark pumpernickel and oat bun. Be sure to add the fried egg to the truffled tahini and tomato mixed with parsley relish. A skewered tomato raisin, grilled green onion and clove of garlic accompany the veggie-style patty, making a pretty dish and oh so delicious.

Dessert – Fretz’s winning warm brioche donuts with a brown butter glaze and cinnamon caramel sauce.

Open Monday through Sunday from from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., for dinner. Sunday Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 8730 W. Sunset Blvd. (424)249-3700 – http://www.thechurchkeyla.com

(Dramatic Entry - Photo courtesy of Bel Air Bar + Grill)
(Dramatic Entry – Photo courtesy of Bel Air Bar + Grill)

9. A little bit of Magic at the Bel Air Bar + Grill

It’s been open a few years, but now has a new Executive chef – Chris Emerling. Roy Disney’s granddaughter Susan Disney Lord owns this visually beautiful restaurant located near The Getty Center off the 405 freeway.

Appetizer – The Waldorf “Escoffier” salad. Don’t visualize a chunky mayonnaise salad, this one is pure elegance. In the 1930s, Auguste Escoffier was one of the world’s greatest chefs. A group of men in the Jantzen suite at the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria formed an epicurean organization who gathered at the Waldorf regularly and called themselves, “The Friends of Escoffier.” Emerling’s Waldorf salad is not flat, but rises above the plate. Instead of chunky apples, his apples are sliced long and thin to peek out. Instead of celery, Emerling chops celeriac which is the bulb that grows from the stalks. Celeriac is the heart and soul of celery, offering a delicate and vibrant flavor to this fine dining dish. California walnuts are sprinkled around and then glistened with a delicate and vibrant 3880 French Escoffier secret sauce that only Emerling knows how to make so well.

(Executive Chef Chris Emerling and owner Susan Disney Lord - Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Executive Chef Chris Emerling and owner Susan Disney Lord – Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Entree – Red wine braised short ribs are cooked for hours and served with roasted rainbow carrots, garlic mashed potatoes with charred poblano chilies to intensify the flavors. The ultimate winter comfort food.

Dessert – Lemon tart with an Italian meringue.

Dress Code – casual elegance.

Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Happy Hour is available the same days from 4 to 6 p.m. Brunch is on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner is served nightly at 5 p.m. 662 N. Sepulveda Boulevard. (310)440-5544.

fullsizerender-4010. The Flintridge Proper – Best Brunch in the Valley (San Fernando and San Gabriel) NOW CLOSED.

Sunday is a day of exploring treasures that lurk around our great city. About 20 minutes from downtown LA is the bucolic small community of La Canada-Flintridge. There are lots of oak trees, bridal paths and bike trails throughout the town.
A big draw to the community is the 160 acre Descanso Gardens offering paved pathways to explore a variety of gardens, a small train ride, water features, an art gallery, and historic home to tour.

Before or after a visit to Descanso Gardens, enjoy brunch at the nearby Flintridge Proper. It’s one of the only unique farm to table dining options in town and houses the world’s largest gin bar.

Cocktail –  The slightly sweet Angel Kiss offering an essence of grapefruit. It’s was refreshing and perfect to sip while looking over the menu.

fullsizerender-37Starter –Enormous buttermilk biscuits on a wood plank that were sprinkled with sea salt. There was a silver container of berry jam and shredded butter that looked like shredded mozzarella cheese. The butter was so smooth and easy to spread on the warm biscuits. It was a fun starter to share among the table.

Brunch Fare – The salmon Benedict with smoked salmon on two English muffins topped with poached eggs and a pleasing citrusy Hollandaise sauce. I love the smooshed potatoes.

Open for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30 a.m. Breakfast and brunch is served on Sat. and Sunday starting at 8:30 a.m. The restaurant closes at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays. $$ 464 Foothill Blvd. La Canada Flintridge (818)790-4888 – theproper.com.

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7 Great Soups in Los Angeles & Beyond

When the temperature cools down, it’s time to be comforted with a bowl of delicious soup. Here are 7 0f my favorite dining destination that offer exceptional soup in Los Angeles.

Flintridge Proper creamy tomato & basil soup with grilled cheese - by Jill Weinlein
Flintridge Proper creamy tomato & basil soup with grilled cheese – by Jill Weinlein

1. Flintridge Proper Restaurant & Bar

This hotspot in La Canada offers a warm and wonderful creamy tomato basil soup and seasonal soup of the day. The day I dined, the seasonal orange butternut squash soup had a touch of cream. Order a bowl of soup with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich made with in-house American cheese. 464 Foothill Blvd. La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011 (818)790-4888 – http://theproper.com

(The owners of Canter's - Marc, Jacqueline and Terry)
(The owners of Canter’s – Marc, Jacqueline and Terry)

2. Canter’s Deli

Since 1931, Canter’s has been making great soups that come with a side of crisp bagel chips. Only on Wednesday do they make a delightful Split Pea soup. If I dine on another day, I select the Barley Bean or Vegetarian Vegetable. They offer 1/2 of any classic sandwich with a cup of soup for under $13. The owners Marc Canter, sister Jacqueline and cousin Terri Bloomgarden are really nice people. Parking is free for 90 minutes with a Canter’s validation. Open 24 hours, seven days a week. $-$$ 419 N. Fairfax Ave. (323)651-2030 – www.cantersdeli.com.

(Photo by Cassia Santa Monica)
(Photo by Cassia Santa Monica)

3. Cassia 
Chef Bryant Ng is offering some of the best Southeast Asian soup to beat the chilly weather or help make you feel better if you get a winter cold.
Two of the must-try soups include a Laksa – A traditional Singaporean rice noodle and seafood dish is a thick and spicy, coconut curry, and the chile oil is great for clearing stuffy sinuses. Ng also makes a Vietnamese Pot Au Feu – a spiced pho broth with Creekstone Farms short rib, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and a side of grilled bread to smear with the bone marrow or sides of housemade Bird’s Eye chile sauce and a walnut mustard. 1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310)393-6699 – http://www.cassiala.com

(Laurent Halasz with writer)
(Laurent Halasz with writer)

4. FIG & OLIVE – Melrose Place in West Hollywood
Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The key components of the Mediterranean diet include a splash of olive oil, instead of butter, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, legumes and nuts. A glass of red wine is acceptable too. At Laurent Halasz’ Fig & Olive, the soups are ideal, because they don’t have any cream. Try the Butternut Squash & Chestnut Velouté that is silky and accompanied by shaved chestnuts, onions, toasted squash seeds, and a drizzle of Arbequina olive oil. It’s divine. They also serve an antioxidant-rich vegetable cold gazpacho Andalucia. It’s a delightful combination of minced tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, red onion, basil, Sherry vinegar and a splash of basil olive oil. There is a small scoop of Ayala goat cheese to enhance the dish. 8490 Melrose Place (310)360-9100 – melroseplace@figandolive.com

(Photo from Taste)
(Photo from Taste)

5. Taste on Melrose –

West Hollywood Executive Chef Brian Sheard’s comforting Chicken Tortilla Soup features fresh tomatoes, chipotle, jalapeños, corn, cilantro, red bell peppers, crème fraiche, and crispy tortilla strips.  During lunch they offer a soup or salad and sandwich special. Sandwiches include a Classic BLT on Ciabatta Bread, or a chicken salad sandwich with pulled Mary’s organic chicken, tarragon, dried currants, aioli, Gala apple on herb foccacia. Vegetarians like the Caprese sandwich on Ciabatta Bread for $10.75. 8454 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, Ca 90069 (323)852-6888 – http://ilovetaste.com/app/taste_melrose/

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

6. Morgan’s in The Desert

When in the greater Palm Springs area, be sure to stay or visit La Quinta Resort. They offer a fine dining restaurant featuring the talented Executive chef Jimmy Schmidt offering a themed three-course prix fixe with wine pairing. The night I dined at Morgan’s, the soup of the evening was a fennel soup infused with roasted red peppers, cipolini onions and dazzled with chive oil. There was no cream in this elegant soup. A bowl was delivered to my place setting with all the roasted vegetables, my servers Sal and Erik poured the luscious liquid into the bowl. The presentation was beautiful. 49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, Ca 92253 – (760)564-7600 http://www.morgansinthedesert.com.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

7. Bel Air Bar + Grill

Executive Chef Chris Emerling cooked in Michelin 3-star restaurants before arriving in Los Angeles. He prepares locally sourced, seasonally inspired elegant cuisine. His daily Market Soup is fresh and healthy. He also makes a chilled Gazpacho soup enhanced with dill weed and avocado dots. This is the ideal spot to meet friends or family off of the 405 freeway or after visiting The Getty Center. 662 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (310)440-5544 – http://belairbarandgrill.com

 

 

 

A Proper Sunday Brunch

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Sunday is a day of exploring treasures around our great city. About 20 minutes from downtown is the bucolic small community of La Canada-Flintridge. It attracts rocket scientists due to its proximity to JPL, and entertainment executives seeking homes near the studios. There are lots of oak trees, bridal paths and bike trails throughout the town.

(photo by Jill Weinlein)
(photo by Jill Weinlein)

A big draw to the community is the 160 acre Descanso Gardens offering paved pathways to explore a variety of gardens, a small train ride, Patina Group chefs for casual dining and special events fare, water features, an art gallery, and historic home to tour.

Before or after a visit to Descanso Gardens, enjoy brunch at the nearby Flintridge Proper. It’s one of the only unique farm to table dining options in town and houses the world’s largest gin bar.

(photo by Jill Weinlein)
(photo by Jill Weinlein)

The talented architect and designer Sam Marshall, who worked on the popular Gjelina restaurant in Venice, redesigned a beloved local Mexican restaurant into a hip, updated social house with a beautiful wood bar for the owners Brady and Mary Caverly. Brady has been a gin aficionado for years and has an extensive collection of spirits from around the world. He even makes his own gin by foraging around the nearby foothills for juniper berries, while hiking with his family.

Fondly called by locals as The Proper, there are two dining areas – one on the lower level with booths, bistro tile with wood inlay flooring, and a large coffee counter. Up a few steps is a more conversational style dining area with an elaborate Flintridge Bridal Path sign with two horse heads carved in wood as the centerpiece of the room. Throughout the restaurant are nostalgic art and memorabilia pieces collected by the owners or donated by people in the community.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

After a Sunday morning exploring the new ancient forest at Descanso Gardens, I took my family to The Proper to experience their brunch. Sitting in the upper area at a comfortable booth among classic wood paneling, I noticed talented and friendly bartenders entertaining guests, while preparing classic brunch cocktails using fresh squeezed juices and house made syrups, in classic glassware. I ordered an Angel Kiss that was slightly sweet and offered an essence of grapefruit. It’s was refreshing and perfect to sip while looking over the menu.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

There are a variety of signature Proper dishes such as egg dishes, crab cakes, chopped salads, and fluffy pancakes. Our server Tiffany came over to our corner table with two enormous buttermilk biscuits on a wood plank that were sprinkled with sea salt. There was a silver container of berry jam and shredded butter that looked like shredded mozzarella cheese. The butter was so smooth and easy to spread on the warm biscuits. It was a fun starter to share among the table.

Head chef Matthew Allison makes omelettes the way you like by offering a variety of meat, cheese and vegetable options. Many brunch items are served with his signature smooshed fingerling potatoes. I learned from the owner Mary Caverly, that the potatoes are cooked until tender, then placed on a big pan and smushed with another big pan on top, before going into the oven. This process makes them crispy on the outside, yet creamy in the middle. With a little ketchup, it’s pure comfort food.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

My daughter chose the vegetable skillet, that was hot and lined with smooshed potatoes and topped with sautéed veggies, poached eggs and a flavorful citrusy Hollandaise sauce that wasn’t heavy or gelatinous. The eggs continued to cook before the skillet cooled down. I remarked to my daughter this dish was similar to our favorite Korean bibimbap, yet with different ingredients.

My salmon Benedict arrived with two English muffins topped with smoked salmon, poached eggs and the same pleasing citrusy Hollandaise sauce that was on the veggie skillet.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

My husband’s burger had a fresh salmon patty that the kitchen staff grinds daily. It was topped with a delicious dill cream and cucumber between a soft Brioche bun.

Since Descanso Gardens has the RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns exhibit on Thursday through Sunday until Nov. 1, stop by The Flintridge Proper for one of their Farm-to-Table nightly specials. Every Sunday they cook up Prime rib roast with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted baby carrots and Happy Hour specials are offered daily from 3 to 6 p.m.

If you come during the weekend for dinner, be sure to make reservations in advance to secure a table during peak times. It’s attractive interior, innovative fare and cocktails, and friendly service entices regulars and locals to come back often.
Open for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30 a.m. Breakfast and brunch is served on Sat. and Sunday starting at 8:30 a.m. The restaurant closes at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays. $$

464 Foothill Blvd. La Canada Flintridge (818)790-4888.

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