Oct 2022

Kid-Free Saturday: Quarter Sheets & Found Oyster

Quarter Sheets - Los Angeles - Echo Park

The Astronomer and I found ourselves with hours to kill one Saturday a few months back when June jetted off to an amusement park with friends at the last-minute. Soon, plans were hatched to dine at a duo of restaurants that I’d been wanting to try but were too cramped, crowded, or unpredictable in some way to consider visiting with our kiddo in tow. First stop: Quarter Sheets in Echo Park.

Quarter Sheets - Los Angeles - Echo Park

We snagged two bar stools peering into the kitchen after placing our order toward the front entrance.

Quarter Sheets - Los Angeles - Echo Park

First up was the Quiet Storm ($6.50), which came topped with maitake mushrooms, cream, mozz, Meyer lemon gremolata, thyme, and granna. The Sicilian Corners ($7) had vodka sauce, Bloomsdale spinach, fior di latte, Calabrian chile, and pecorino.

Quarter Sheets - Los Angeles - Echo Park

The melons refresher salad ($8) made with Weiser Farms melons, marinated cucumber, coriander, sesame, pineapple sauce, and chiles arrived next. It was sweet, savory, spicy, and very good.

Quarter Sheets - Los Angeles - Echo Park

For dessert: the most magnificent strawberry shortcake slab cake ($15) with plush layers of polenta chiffon, vanilla bean custard, fresh strawberries, and strawberry preserves.

What’s not to love about Quarter Sheets?

Found Oyster - Los Angeles - East Hollywood

For the second part of lunch, we headed to Found Oyster in East Hollywood, where we were quoted a 45 minute wait for a table. We walked around the neighborhood — basking in the glory of the late afternoon sunshine, the Kaiser medical facility, and the Scientology Center — and soon we received a text that our seats were ready. The narrow dining room was packed to the gills and full of palpable weekend energy when we sidled up to the bar.

Found Oyster - Los Angeles - East Hollywood

The first dish to hit the table was the best one of all: the scallop tostada ($19), a fried tortilla raft layered with the raw scallops, yuzu kosho, green apple, and opal basil. It was so good we should have ordered two.

Found Oyster - Los Angeles - East Hollywood

While the scallop tostada impressed with its restraint, the razor clam ceviche ($24), which was one of the daily specials, had too much going on.

Found Oyster - Los Angeles - East Hollywood

To top it all off, a lobster bisque roll with serrano chile and served with very good fries ($29). I’m glad that I finally found my way to Found Oyster.

Quarter Sheets
1305 Portia Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Found Oyster
4880 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

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