October 2018

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The Upper West's Roasted Cauliflower, the Wedge Salad, Onion Rings, and Chef's Nick Shipp's version of the Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich (Photos Paige Petrone)


  • 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.

Breakfast Bar!

Nighthawk Breakfast Bar's Super Bowl, Bigbird and Shortstack, Chicken & Biscuits, Candied Bacon & Tots (Photos Paige Petrone)

Breakfast Bar!

  • Story / Photos By Paige Petrone

A cool place and a cool concept. Nighthawk Breakfast Bar is a bar that serves only breakfast until 1am nightly. This place is definitely an edgy scene filled with hipsters. The dining room is right next to a fabulously long bar. (Televisions make it great for Sunday football.) They also feature a DJ on weekends. Fun!

We sampled the following creative dishes – the Super Bowl (a bowl filled with faro, scrambled eggs, purple cauliflower, roasted tomatoes, and seasonal mushrooms), the Bigbird and Shortstack (buttermilk fried chicken and sweet potato pancakes served with cookie dough butter and maple syrup – yum!), Chicken & Biscuits (buttermilk fried chicken over aged cheddar and pepper filled biscuits smothered in maple bacon sausage gravy!), and Candied Bacon & Tots (spicy candied bacon and traditional tater tots).

After tasting some of the food, we realized that the menu is designed completely for guests that want to over indulge in flavor and decadence. They also offered Drunken French Toast that are made with Krispies coated brioche with pear brandy, pear compote, mascarpone mousse oh and of course maple syrup! … need I say more? I think you get the idea. Some folks may feel all this decadence is a bad thing! I say not. Go!

Nighthawk Breakfast Bar is located at 417 Washington Boulevard.


Wolf Restaurant in Los Angeles


  • By Kymberly Chase

Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron is now at home at WOLF (located on Melrose). Vigneron’s first restaurant’s concept is “no waste cooking,” making the goal to use every part of an ingredient. This is not only one of the best places I’ve eaten at in Los Angeles, but one of the best ever! I’m a true foodie and I’m for the food first, then service, and then atmosphere.

The burnt carrots with passion fruit and coconut cream were the perfect blend of full vegetables, the insane brussels sprouts that tasted almost candied yet seafood-like (who would assume a caramelized fish sauce and sprouts would work?), and the smoke-infused broccolini with croutons. Yes, smoke. The Ora King Salmon with summer squash, confit tomato, corn, pickles and pea tendrils were beyond belief.

Everything was cooked to perfection and the seasoning absolutely ideal. The chefs in the kitchen were able to achieve authenticity in these dishes that you rarely find, even in our savvy city. From the moment the first morsel touched my lips, I could sense the love and dedication that went into making it. These weren’t just some ingredients slapped together … these dishes are designed by the Chef to truly excite the palate and offer an experience that makes you hungry to come back for more!

Wolf is located at 7661 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.


Destroyer’s Organic Hen Egg served over Crispy Potatoes and Mushrooms  (Photo Kymberly Chase)


  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo Courtesy of Destroyer

Ready to thrill your palate with outrageously delicious food? Okay … this is what you do! Go to the small neighborhood café named Destroyer in Culver City’s Hayden Tract district between the hours of 8am and 5pm. This area has recently seen a transformation from industrial to hip! You place your order at the counter using a menu that’s projected on the wall, and then take a seat at one of the storefront’s few blond wood stools or tables. You can also just stand and watch the cooking happen while you wait. The kitchen is wide open and the pantry of spices, mushroom powders, and other dehydrated goods is on shelves near the entrance.

What do I suggest that you order? Avocado confit, which is unbelievably soft and covered in an umami-rich burnt onion and puffed teff powder that looks like the fruit’s second skin. Any of the porridge-y things — rice with caramelized broccoli, puffed rice, and burnt onion — are a nice savory way to begin the day. At 11:30am the menu promptly switches over to lunch, which means it’s time for beef tartare with smoked egg cream, pickled mushroom, and chicory. And that, my dear foodies, will satisfy your heart’s desires!

Destroyer is located at 3578 Hayden Avenue in Culver City.

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