Nov 2017

The Mighty – Los Angeles (Downtown)

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

Quinn and Karen Hatfield opened a new restaurant, and it is really terrific. I’ve been smitten with Quinn’s savories and Karen’s sweets since their Hatfield’s days (Version 1.0, Version 2.0) and am stoked that their latest effort is so close to home. This opening is a tremendous win for Downtown (and my belly).

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

Christina and I met up for a midweek breather at The Mighty last week and proceeded to order enough food for a party twice our size. It was gloriously excessive.

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

I love ordering “shrimp toast” whenever I see it on menus because I’m never certain what will arrive. The Mighty’s take arrived on toasted focaccia with a spicy sambal spread and plenty of fresh herbs. The Southeast Asian flavors were unexpected but totally welcomed.

(more…)

Oct 2017

The Arthur J – Manhattan Beach

The Arthur J. - Manhattan Beach

The Astronomer and I rarely go out for steak, but when we’re craving a big ‘ol slab of red meat, we go big. Two Saturdays ago, we booked a sitter for June and made our way to Manhattan Beach to finally try Chef David Lefevre’s The Arthur J.

We are tremendous fans of the chef’s two other spots in the neighborhood, M.B. Post and Fishing with Dynamite, and were confident The Arthur J would offer similarly fabulous fare and fun.

The Arthur J. - Manhattan Beach

It must be noted that The Arthur J is a beautiful restaurant. The combination of dark, moody lighting and mid-century furnishings set the perfect tone for a lovely night out.

The Arthur J. - Manhattan Beach

To start, a glass of Prosecco ($13.50) for me and a cocktail for The Astronomer. He selected the “Captain Warburton” ($14.50), a Dark and Stormy made with house-made spiced rum, Thai basil, kiwi, and galangal.

(more…)

Oct 2017

P.Y.T. – Los Angeles (Downtown)

P.Y.T. - Los Angeles (Downtown)

A recent date night took The Astronomer and me back to P.Y.T. to taste more of Chef Josef Centeno’s vegetable-centered cooking. We’d previously dined here courtesy of lentils.org and had a splendid experience. More vegetables, please.

P.Y.T. - Los Angeles (Downtown)

It was a balmy fall night in downtown. With reservations made a few days prior, we were seated immediately at a table for two adjacent to the bar. The restaurant filled up as the evening progressed. Vegetables for everyone.

P.Y.T. - Los Angeles (Downtown)

As we perused the menu, a slat of complimentary boiled peanuts arrived at the table.  The Astronomer loved the spice blend—a little salty and just a touch warm.
(more…)