- By Arlene Winnick
- Photos By Paige Petrone
Whenever I am going downtown to theater, the big question is where shall we dine. The answer is clearly Abernethy’s, the new restaurant on the plaza at the Music Center. The concept here is unique — a new chef takes charge of the kitchen every three to four months reflecting the cultural diversity of the city. It’s ideal as diners get to explore an ever-changing culinary experience.
I was thrilled to see one of my favorite inventive LA chefs, Jason Fullilove was ‘in residence’ at Abernethy’s. His modern soul food – with strong global influences – is always delicious with a touch of the unexpected and our meal did not disappoint. You’ll want to taste everything on the menu that’s really designed to share so I recommend you order a variety off the menu so everyone gets to enjoy. Plates are brought out as they are ready which only adds to relaxed style. Who could resist cornbread with jalapeno and black truffle caviar? Fullilove’s Shrimp and Grits are a must. The Little Gem Salad went perfectly with the Pulled Pork Agnolotti accented with creamed corn and curried pumpkin. The roast chicken just melts in your mouth. And don’t miss the bacon-braised collard greens. There’s plenty on the menu for vegetarians: braised black eyed peas, acorn squash rice porridge and curry cauliflower. Be sure to end your meal with the ‘salted’ caramel cake.
Abernethy’s is located at The Music Center in downtown L.A.