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Outdoor Grill!

Outdoor Grill’s Baby Back Ribs

Outdoor Grill!

  • Story / Photo By Paige Petrone

The Outdoor Grill was established in 1996 by Neil and Jeff Paul. Their philosophy is “Good food, fast.” The restaurant immediately received sensational reviews from the L.A. Times and LA Weekly! This was news to me… I live close by and had never tried it. I have totally been missing out. It’s amazing!

They are boasting that they offer “unbelievable taste and exceptional quality,” and they sure do! And Outdoor Grill is really an outdoor grill on the corner of Washington Place. I must have driven past it hundreds of times! Who knew?!

The menu offers everything you’d find at a classic barbecue joint such as decadent tri-tip, baby back ribs, beef ribs, chicken, and catfish! Everything is smothered in their signature seasoning and special barbecue sauce and grilled to perfection. Yum.

They have fun ways to combo up your order so you can have a great sampling of menu items. With wonderful salads (with homemade dressings), pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, and authentic tacos to round out the choices it will be hard to decide on your meal. All orders/combos come with a wide selection of sides such as macaroni and cheese, corn bread, garlic bread, cole slaw and potato salad, baked beans, french fries, and rice. Try them all!

Outdoor Grill is located 12630 ½ Washington Place in Los Angeles.

Green Table Café!

All of Green Table Café delectable desserts are made with plant based, gluten free, soy free, and guilt free ingredients.

Green Table Café!

  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo Courtesy of Green Table Café

It was love at first taste! Delicious organic foods, cleanses, and drinks that balance the body while bringing alive the flavors of your favorite foods. Green Table Café, owned by husband and wife duo Led and Britney, is one of the first Italian-inspired vegan restaurants in the nation. But aside from owning and creating one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, the couple are also life coaches, certified registered holistic nutritionists, and talented pâtissiers. Not only are their dishes plant-based and mostly raw, but they’re so tasty (and filling) that even your meat-eating friends will be lining up to try some. Have a food allergy? There are also choices for gluten-free and nut-free eaters.

I wish I could eat here every day. Oh wait… I do eat here every day! Organic espresso drinks, inventive superfood bowls like “Sea of Green”-acai berries, banana, vanilla almond butter, spirulina, chlorella, and maca powder, topped with goji berries, coconut, and banana. Amazing salads that you can get full or half and half. Burgers and pressed paninis, like the B Special sandwich are a perfect and tasty blend of sautéed baby mushrooms, green olives, roasted bell pepper, eggplant, avocado, thousand island, and vegan cream cheese on ciabatta bread. Green Table Café boasts the most wonderful smoothies, 16-ounce cold pressed juices, and the most decadent desserts!

Green Table Café is located at 2657 and 5998 Pico Boulevard.


Tea at The Biltmore Downtown L.A.


  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo Courtesy of The Biltmore

You wouldn’t think you’d be able to find a proper English Tea in Los Angeles, but you can! The Millenium Biltmore Hotel has a beautiful courtyard called the Rendezvous Court. Sipping tea in the Rendezvous Court is perhaps the closest a person in Los Angeles can get to feeling like an 18th century European aristocrat. This is a majestic, ornate, historical room done in the Spanish Baroque architectural style with a fountain in the middle of the room.

I love an Afternoon Tea, the traditions, the etiquette, and the ever changing menu to fit the season or a specific event. It really is becoming a lost art, but the Biltmore keeps it alive! Tea begins with a glass of Prosecco and an Amuse Bouche of fresh berries and cream. This is followed by selecting your tea from a sampling of tea leaves. There is quite a variety from which to choose – simple black teas and refreshing green teas to invigorating white teas and warming herbal infusions.

An English Tea is not meant to be experience when one is famished. A three-tiered offering of small sandwiches of cucumber and cream cheese, parma prosciutto, the deviled egg with a caviar topping (my favorite) is on the bottom. Freshly made scones and pastries are on the middle tier, and decadent chocolate and pistachio desserts adorn the top tier. An afternoon to relax and unwind with this British tradition!

The Biltmore Hotel is located at 506 S Grand Avenue in Downtown LA.

786 Degrees!

786 Degrees' unique pizza pies located in Sun Valley

786 Degrees!

  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo Courtesy of 786 Degrees

So, I read this article about this Sun Valley pizzeria  calling it the best California pizzeria, so I had to venture out to see for myself. 786 Degrees is located in a rather nondescript location in Sun Valley in the corner of a small, unassuming lot. You would totally miss it if it wasn’t for the name on the side of the wall. I found out that this is definitely one of those hidden gems in the city.

The owner, Ali Haider, was a spokesmodel for Lamborghini and quit his job because he wanted to pursue his passion for pizza.  He traveled to Naples to study pizza-making. He further honed his craft by competing nationally and internationally on his own and as a member of the U.S. Pizza Team, and won several awards at the International Pizza expo. His Bombay Tikka Masala ( his great-grandmother’s masala recipe) pizza won first place for Best West Coast Pizza, third place in the international category, and highest score overall for an individual pizza.

This pizza and the other delicious pizzas on his menu are truly unique and delicious! Ingredients are imported all the way from Naples, Italy.

The oven is made of Mount Vesuvius lava rock and olive wood is used to cook the pizzas. There’s no gas and the temperature burns at 786 degrees. Time for a Valley drive!

786 Degrees is located at 8879 Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Sun Valley.

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