2020 Fall Dining Guide Dining out is changing in the era of COVID-19 By Rachel Olivier
In the new normal experienced by most people this year, dining out has either ceased or significantly decreased, depending on local public health guidelines and individual choice. Terms such as “PPE,” “positivity rate” and “physical distancing” have entered common parlance as diners and restaurants consider how to continue functioning in the midst of a pandemic. At this writing, Los Angeles County allows “al fresco” or outdoor dining for most eateries and some wineries and breweries with established protocols for implementation, such as wearing face coverings except when seated at a table, hand sanitizing stations, and advanced reservations suggested. This is in addition to pickup
and delivery services (many through companies such as DoorDash, Grubhub Postmates and Uber Eats) that also are offered by most restaurants. While we may miss the ritual of dining inside a restaurant or visiting a favorite pub, we are fortunate to live in a city that has a more temperate climate. Even as we enter the fall and winter months, if restaurants cannot resume indoor dining, the addition of an outdoor heater and an umbrella could mitigate any discomfort while dining al fresco, and still allow for compliance with County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Health guidance and protocols (visit tinyurl.com/y6e7m84b). As most of us have learned this year, however, guidance from the public health
officer can change with the increase or decrease in COVID-19 positivity rates. To allow for that, in vetting our Annual Dining Guide list of restaurants this year, we’ve added descriptors for what types of services they may provide — “P” for pickup, “D” for delivery and “A” for al fresco dining. Most restaurants have changed their operating hours and sometimes their menu offerings, so check websites or call the business to inquire about any changes in services. In the Guide (in the centerfold pages of this section) we also have included restaurants that have decided to close temporarily or permanently because of the pandemic. Guide begins on page 16.
2020 Fall Dining Guide Will the pandemic gobble up Thanksgiving get-togethers? By Helene Seifer Thanksgiving is second only to Christmas as America’s favorite holiday. This family gorge-fest has been widely celebrated since Sarah Josepha Hale, founder of “American
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eat outdoors under the warm desert sun. Kessler-McDermott explains, “It might be strange in our big house. It’s too weird to be alone there.” Caravan to desert “Alone” is not what Sue Carr has in mind for the holiday. “Everyone’s been really healthy and smart,” insists Carr of the 22 to 24 family members who hope to continue their Palm Springs Thanksgiving tradition this year. “I’m not terrified. Life is full of risks.” Her son-in-law’s family owns two houses there, and they rent another one. The grandparents, children, grandchildren, cousins, aunts, uncles and in-laws spread out over the properties. The Windsor Square resident takes the holiday seriously, making certain that not only the food is perfect, but the décor is, too. “I pack up and bring our silver, china and fine linens.” Once there, everyone has assignments. Carr explains, “My daughter Courtney cooks two giant turkeys. Some people do fabulous potatoes. Some just bring flowers.” Ritz Cracker stuffing Julia Johnson also generally hosts large Thanksgiving din-
A WELCOMING TABLE from a Thanksgiving past with the McDermott Family. Left to right, John McDermott, friends Ramona Mallory and Chris Vance, Beate Kessler-McDermott, German foreign exchange student Victoria Putze, Zack Hughes.
ners. “Usually we have about 25 people in the backyard for Thanksgiving,” she says. “It’s really fun.” She, her husband Chris Marcil and their children Will and Coco invite various friends to join them al fresco. She continues, “My husband loves to cook and cooks almost everything.” He often prepares a heritage turkey; one year he cooked a turducken. One thing Marcil must make every year is Ritz Cracker stuffing. “This sounds hilarious,” she admits, “but you should make it. It’s the best thing! Chris always makes an extra bowl just for me!” (Please turn to page 15)
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Thanksgiving (Continued from page 14) Last year, Johnson skipped Thanksgiving because she was on deadline to finish her second novel, “Better Luck Next Time,” due out in January. Their children didn’t travel home from college and husband Chris went to his mother’s house for the meal. That year, the Wilcox Avenue resident realized it was okay to shed the Thanksgiving burden. Johnson’s fine with skipping the big gathering this year, too, considering it “a perk of COVID.” Of course, her husband still has to provide a vat of Ritz Cracker stuffing. Snapping beans Andrea Meigs knows 2020 won’t be a normal holiday when the whole family does not congregate at their N. Las Palmas home. “My mom will be here,” Meigs thinks out loud, “and our kids Avery, Isabella and Calla. My husband, John. My in-laws might stop by.” She thinks the rest of the extended family will divide among other households in this time of the virus. Regardless, their usual feast will happen. “I make yams. My daughter likes the melted marshmallows on top. My husband John makes orange glazed duck. I make string beans.” Making the beans is important to Meigs because it reminds her of Thanksgiving with her child-
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Larchmont Chronicle’s In the time of COVID-19, some local eateries adapt, some close This list is a sample of the dining options available in and around our neighborhood. For this year of coronavirus, we’ve added descriptors for what types of services a restaurant may provide — “P” for pickup, “D” for delivery available, and “A” for al fresco dining. If a favorite eatery was overlooked, please let us know at info@ larchmontchronicle.com. Call ahead to confirm hours and/or to reserve.
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CHIPOTLE 301 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-978-2047 chipotle.com 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.
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KREATION JUICE 121 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-848-4714 kreationjuice.com 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
LARCHMONT VILLAGE WINE, SPIRITS & CHEESE
236 N. Larchmont Blvd. 855-462-2292 223 N. Larchmont Blvd. erinmckennasbakery.com 323-856-8699 Sun. to Thurs., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri. larchmontvillagewine.com and Sat., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN 230 N. Larchmont Blvd. 113 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-543-4321 323-461-7701 gget.com lepainquotidien.com Mon. to Fri., 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Sat., Sun., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
NOAH’S BAGELS 250 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-466-2924 noahs.com 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
PEET’S COFFEE 124 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-978-1003 peets.com 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
PRESSED JUICERY 201 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-464-5800 pressedjuicery.com 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
SAM’S BAGELS 154 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-469-1249 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
LE PETIT GREEK 403 N. Larchmont Blvd. GOOD GOOSE CAFÉ 127 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-463-0811 5210 Beverly Blvd. 323-464-5160 bricksandscones.menufy.com STARBUCKS 323-378-5272 lepetitgreek.com Mon. to Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 206 N. Larchmont Blvd. goodgoosecafe.com Tues. to Thurs., 4 to 8 p.m.; Fri. Sat., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 323-469-1081 Mon. to Fri., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. and Sat., 4 to 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 starbucks.com and Sun., noon to 8 p.m. BURGER LOUNGE to 8 p.m. 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 217 N. Larchmont Blvd. GROUNDWORK 323-462-2310 LEMONADE SWEETFIN 150 N. Larchmont Blvd. burgerlounge.com 626 N. Larchmont Blvd. 135 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-843-4920 Sun. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 323-464-0700 323-465-6040 groundworkcoffee.com Fri., Sat., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. lemonadela.com sweetfin.com Mon. to Fri., 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. and Sun., 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. CAFÉ GRATITUDE
639 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-580-6383 cafegratitude.com 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
JAMBA JUICE 122 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-378-5720 jamba.com 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
310 N. Larchmont Blvd. KIKU SUSHI 323-467-1052 246 N. Larchmont Blvd. chandararestaurants.com 323-464-1323 Tues. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Noon to 9 p.m. daily. 5 to 8 p.m.
TACOS TU MADRE
203 N. Larchmont Blvd. 232 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-499-1143 323-962-9510 tacostumadre.com louises.com Sun. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Fri., Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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VERNETTI 225 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-798-5886 vernetti.la Tues. to Fri., noon to 3 p.m.; Tues. to Sun., 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
VILLAGE PIZZERIA 131 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-465-5566 villagepizzeria.net Wed. to Thurs., 3 to 8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 3 to 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 to 8 p.m.
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ALL ABOUT THE BREAD 7111 Melrose Ave. 323-930-8989 allaboutthebread.com 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
ANARKALI INDIAN RESTAURANT 7013 Melrose Ave. 323-934-6488 anarkalilosangeles.com Sun. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
ANGELINI ALIMENTARI, ANGELINI OSTERIA
139 N. Larchmont Blvd. 7313 Beverly Blvd. 323-417-7900 323-297-0070 125 N. Larchmont Blvd. uncool.fun angelinirestaurantgroup.com 323-856-0369 Mon. - Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m..; Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Angelini Alimentari: 11 a.m. to 3 Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to midnight; p.m. daily. Sun., 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Dining Guide - Fall 2020 Angelini Osteria: Mon. to Thurs., BLACK DOG COFFEE noon to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10:30 5657 Wilshire Blvd. p.m., Fri., noon to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 323-933-1976 to 11 p.m., Sat., 5 to 11 p.m.; Sun., blackdogcoffee.com 5 to 10:30 p.m. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
ANIMAL 435 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-782-9225 animalrestaurant.com Temporarily Closed
ANTICO 4653 Beverly Blvd. 323-510-3093 antico-la.com Mon. to Tues., 3 to 8 p.m.; Wed. to Sun., 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
ANTONIO’S 7470 Melrose Ave. 323-658-9060 antoniosonmelrose.com Tues. to Sun., noon to 9 p.m.
APOLLONIA’S PIZZERIA 5176 Wilshire Blvd. 323-937-2823 apolloniaspizzeria.com Wed. to Sun., noon to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
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BERRI’S CAFÉ 8412 W. 3rd St. 323-852-0642 berrisla.com Noon to 4 a.m. daily.
EAST INDIA GRILL 1245 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-936-8844 eastindiagrillla.com 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
609 N. La Brea Ave. 323-931-2583 barandque.com THE EDMON Mon. to Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 5168 Melrose Ave. 3 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m., Fri., 323-645-5225 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to theedmon.com 10 p.m., Sat., noon to 10 p.m.; Wed. to Sat., 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sun., noon to 9 p.m.
CANTER’S DELI 419 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-651-2030 cantersdeli.com Open 24 hours.
THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE PUB AND RESTAURANT 742 N. Highland Ave. 323-468-3800 thecatandfiddle.com Noon to 9 p.m. daily.
COMMERSON 788 S. La Brea Ave. 323-813-3000 Temporarily Closed
5601 Melrose Ave. THE COUNTER 323-469-1924 5779 Wilshire Blvd. astroburger.com 323-932-8900 Mon. to Sat., 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; thecounterburger.com Sun., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. auburnla.com Permanently Closed
dupars.net Sun. to Thurs., 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
DRAGO RISTORANTE 6060 Wilshire Blvd. 323-800-2244 dragoristorante.com Temporarily Closed
DU-PAR’S Farmers Market 323-933-8446
EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-330-9501 einsteinbros.com Mon. to Fri., 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU Permanently Closed
HMS BOUNTY 3357 Wilshire Blvd. 213-385-7275 thehmsbounty.com Noon to 8 p.m. daily.
HOT WINGS CAFÉ 7011 Melrose Ave. 323-930-1233 hotwingscafe.net 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
INDIA’S TANDOORI 5468 Wilshire Blvd. 323-936-2050 indiastandoori.net 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.
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EL CHOLO 5655 Wilshire Blvd. 1121 S. Western Ave. 323-297-4467 323-734-2773 ihop.com elcholo.com 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Sun. - Thurs., 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri., ISA JAPANESE Sat., 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. 916 S. La Brea Ave. EL COYOTE CAFÉ 323-879-9536 7312 Beverly Blvd. isajapanese.com 323-939-2255 11 a.m. to midnight daily. elcoyotecafe.com JON & VINNY’S Wed. to Sun., noon to 9 p.m. 412 N. Fairfax Ave. ESCUELA TAQUERIA 323-334-3369 7615 Beverly Blvd. jonandvinnys.com 323-932-6178 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. escuelataqueria.com KALI RESTAURANT 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 5722 Melrose Ave. THE GROVE 323-871-4160 189 The Grove Dr. kalirestaurant.com 323-900-8080 Mon. to Fri., noon to 2 p.m. and 6 thegrovela.com to 10 p.m.; Sat., 6 to 10 p.m.; Sun., A wide variety of restaurants open 6 to 9 p.m. Sun. to Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
LA BREA BAKERY CAFÉ 468 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-6813 labreabakery.com 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB 100 La Cienaga Blvd. 310-652-2827 lawrysonline.com Mon. to Thurs., 5 to 9 p.m.; Fri., 5 to 10 p.m.; Sat., 4 to 10 p.m.; Sun., 4 to 9 p.m.
LITTLE BAR LOUNGE 757 S. La Brea Ave. littlebarlounge.com Temporarily Closed
LUCIFER’S PIZZA 7123 Melrose Ave. 323-424-4230 luciferspizza.com Mon. to Thurs., noon to 10 p.m.; Fri. to Sun., noon to 11 p.m.
LUCY’S EL ADOBE 5536 Melrose Ave. 323-462-9421 Temporarily Closed
M CAFÉ 7119 Melrose Ave. 323-525-0588 mcafedechaya.com/menus 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
M GRILL 3832 Wilshire Blvd. 213-389-2770 m-grill.com Mon. to Thurs., 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri., 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Sat., 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Sun., 4 to 8:30 p.m.
MARINO RISTORANTE 6001 Melrose Ave. 323-466-8812
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OFF VINE RESTAURANT 6263 Leland Way 323-962-1900 offvine.com Mon. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
ONO HAWAIIAN BBQ 5550 Wilshire Blvd. 323-525-1688 onohawaiianbbq.com Sun. to Thurs., 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET 63333 W. Third St.
323-933-9211 ROCCO’S PIZZA farmersmarketla.com 6335 Wilshire Blvd. A wide variety of restaurants and 323-655-0058 specialty food shops, open 10 a.m. roccospizza.la to 6 p.m. daily. Mon., 3 to 9 p.m.; Tues. to Sun., noon to 9 p.m.
OSTERIA LA BUCA
5210 Melrose Ave. 323-462-1900 osterialabuca.com Noon to 9 p.m. daily.
OSTERIA MAMMA 5732 Melrose Ave. 323-284-7060 osteriamamma.com Mon. to Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 5 to 10 p.m.
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SPARE TIRE 5370 Wilshire Blvd. 323-823-4890 sparetirepub.com Wed. to Fri., 4 to 10 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SYCAMORE KITCHEN 143 S. La Brea Ave. 323-939-0151 thesycamorekitchen.com 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
6602 Melrose Ave. 115 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-297-0100 323-556-2608 la.osteriamozza.com tartrestaurant.com Wed. to Thurs., 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Sat., Sun., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri. to Sat., 5:30 to 10 pm.; Sun., SUPREMO RISTORANTE 5 to 9 p.m. 901 S. La Brea Ave. PACIFIC DINING CAR 323-852-3192 pacificdiningcar.com supremoristorante.com Permanently Closed Sun. to Thurs., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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109 N. Fairfax 709 N. La Brea Ave. 323-591-0470 323-931-4223 tsujita-usa.com pinkshollywood.com 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Sun. to Thurs., 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 TSURI SUSHI p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 9:30 a.m. 7015 Melrose Ave. to midnight. 323-935-1517 PROVIDENCE Mon. to Thurs., 5:30 to 10 p.m.; 5955 Melrose Ave. Fri., 5:30 to 11 p.m.; Sat., 4 to 11 323-460-4170 p.m.; Sun., 4 to 10 p.m. providencela.com WIRTSHAUS Tues. to Fri., 6 to 9 p.m.; Fri., 345 N. La Brea Ave. noon to 2 p.m.; Sat., 5:30 to 9 323-931-9291 p.m. wirtshausla.com RALEIGH STUDIOS CAFÉ Mon. to Thurs., 4 to 11 p.m.; Fri. to 650 N. Bronson Ave. Sun., noon to midnight. 323-871-5660 YUKO KITCHEN raleighstudios.com 5484 Wilshire Blvd. Temporarily Closed 323-933-4020 RAY’S AND STARK BAR yukokitchen.com Mon. to Sat., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 323-857-6180 raysandstarkbar.com Temporarily Closed
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321 N. Robertson Blvd. TAYLOR’S STEAKHOUSE 310-271-6300 3361 W. Eighth St. petrossianrestaurants.com 213-382-8449 Wed. to Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; taylorssteakhouse.com Sun., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun. to Thurs., 4 to 9:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 4 to 10:30 p.m.
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2020 Fall Dining Guide Firehouse Dinners menu expands “Power burgers” and “fire buns” were delivered recently as a thank-you to firefighters and first responders at Los Angeles Fire Station 61, on Third Street, just west of La Brea Ave. As part of the expansion of “Firehouse Dinners,” the FirstIn Fire Foundation program coordinates the menus and delivery of food from the Original Farmers Market and other area merchants, said Lyn MacEwen Cohen, founder and president, First-In Fire Foundation. The protein-packed burgers arrived from Huntington Meats. The freshly baked “fire buns” were from Diamond
Bakery in the Fairfax District, and corn and green beans came from Farm Fresh Produce. Miracle Mile’s local Fire Station 61, which serves Larchmont Village, was among the seven fire stations that received these sumptuous meals. “Preparedness is Patriotic” is the latest theme for “Firehouse Dinners,” a nutritious meal program during this challenging pandemic time and at the advent of Thanksgiving. “This program gives firefighters a respite from shopping and gathering food for their meals and helps their food budget as well,” Cohen said.
The First-In Fire Foundation program also supports local small businesses, restaurants and merchants and shows appreciation to local firefighters and first responders. Additionally, the Foundation has reached out to homeowner associations, neighborhood councils, and local residents and small business groups to not only prepare their families for natural disasters, but to help meet their needs during unexpected crises. “Emergency preparedness is patriotic,” says Cohen. Funds from the offices of Councilmembers David Ryu
FROM THE FRONTLINES. Back row: Chief Monica Hall, Battalion 18; Firefighters from FS 61: Joe Luna, Joel Fine, Capt. Matthew Hennessy, and Engineer Ryan Guzman; Angel Izard, field deputy, Council District 5; and Deputy Chief Ronnie Villanueva, Commander, Operations South Bureau, LAFD. Front row: from FS 61: Capt. Timothy Rockey, Engineer Manny Zepeda, Richard Franco, Santiago Bustamante, and Phil Tran; and Jared Pursell, program coordinator, First-In Fire Foundation.
and Paul Koretz, from Television City and from private donors support the project. As resources become available, the Foundation will extend the program to other fire sta-
tions and communities. For more information, visit firstinfirefoundation.org, or write firstinfirefoundation@gmail. com or call 323- 933-8164.
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kabobs, roasted squash with kale, beet salad with pomegranate maple vinaigrette, and compressed watermelon, cucumber and feta salad. We ordered the chicken breast in fresh tomato paprikash with roasted eggplant and potato and onion hash, Chianti-braised beef and mushroom ragout with ziti, shrimp and andouille sausage gumbo, collard and romaine salad with blueberries, pepitas and molasses vinaigrette. The portions
are small, but so are the prices, and these four dishes amply fed two for dinner with a little left for lunch the next day. The beef and pasta was terrific. Chianti added depth and a whiff of Italy, the ziti was al dente, even when reheated at home. The next day, as is so often true of braised foods, the flavor was even better. The gumbo was liberally seasoned with the signature gumbo spice, powdered filé (ground sassafras leaves), and it reminded me of one of the best meals I’d had years ago in New Orleans. However, my quibble is that the shrimp were small and scarce, and while it doesn’t take much andouille to flavor any dish, I’d still like more slices on my plate. The overall effect was of eating a wonderful sauce over rice, rather than
a heartier gumbo. The thinsliced chicken breast had been cooked sous vide before being lapped with paprikash sauce. Using a water bath to cook protein guarantees a moist, soft chew. The eggplant and hash sides were fine, but I was glad we had ordered the salad for a
needed crunchy counterpoint to the chicken. The greens were sliced into ribbons, which made a pretty backdrop to the round berries and ovoid pepitas. The sweet note of blueberries in the salad is genius! Hundred Miles, Hundredmilesla.com, 323-508-3620.
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We all know how difficult it has been for restaurants to adapt and survive during this pandemic, but little attention has been given to caterers. Chefs who regularly executed menus for banquet halls, fancy dinner parties and weddings have seen their businesses dry up completely. Similarly, there are dozens of pop-up purveyors who in the “before times” would email their fan bases to announce their next underground supper club in a storefront downtown or an alley in Venice, and now they are bereft of crowds clamoring for coveted spots at the table. Laurent Quenioux, who earned his chops in his native France, is a former restaurant chef (7th St. Bistro, Bistro LQ) and one-time executive chef for Dodger Stadium. Afterwards, he started LQ Foodings, a supper club run out of other restaurant spaces and even his own backyard. Featured in “Food & Wine” magazine and Bravo TV’s “Getting Off the Menu,” these delicious, super-foodie multi-course meals sold out as soon as they were announced. Although Quenioux is again hosting small, COVID-compliant, inperson backyard suppers at his home in Corona ($85-$174), he also has pivoted to weekly Saturday take-out. As of this writing, LQ Foodings listed a $49 “Boxx,” consisting of a foie gras torchon snack and a cold uni amuse bouche, followed by five courses, including duck salad, diver scallop with truffle-scented risotto and wild boar shank with winter squash mousse. There’s always an optional cheese course add-on and usually wine to purchase. Many weeks, there is an even more elaborate $95 menu available. LQ Foodings. For information, visit bistrolq.com. • • • Louis Pechan spent 12 years as the executive chef of The Ebell of Los Angeles before leaving to launch his own catering operation, Hundred Miles. His local approach to cooking, including the inclusion of foraged greens and herbs, struck a chord, and his business was growing. In March, everything stopped. Pechan switched to a weekly limited menu, posted on Sundays, delivered to households on Thursday. In the Chronicle neighborhood, the chef himself delivers the order. Usually there is a choice of four mains ($14-$16) and two salads or vegetables ($11-$14). Recent menus offered beef stroganoff, shakshuka rockfish, short ribs, pancetta rigatoni, kaffir lime chicken breast