BEST OF THE WEST!
- By Ashley Halverson
- Photos By Paige Petrone
For years a friend has been raving about The Upper West – she literally eats there at least once a week. I finally had a chance to check it out myself and now I know why. Executive Chef Nick Shipp puts together such inspired menus that change with the seasons and draw from local farmers and markets that makes every dish truly instagramworthy.
Chef Nick started us off with a beautifully Roasted Cauliflower served on tahini with yummy pickled raisins and preserved lemon bits – definitely a dish I will order every time. Wedge salad fans will flip for The Upper West’s version with smoked blue cheese, bacon, dried cherries, grilled corn and basil – a meal in itself! We devoured the gooey and delicious Grilled Cheese, made with cheddar, goat and blue cheese bundled up in buttery brioche bread served with a shot of roasted tomato soup for dipping. We couldn’t decide on dessert so our server insisted we try the Key Lime Tart. It was pure heaven in a graham cracker crust, and topped with raspberry sauce and lavender whip cream and served with a side of coconut basil sorbet.
I’m looking forward to seeing who they will feature at their next local artist reception. For now, next stop will be happy hour to explore their craft cocktails and bar eats.
The Upper West is located at 3321 Pico Boulevard in West LA.