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October 2019

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THE PIER HOUSE

(left to right) The Pier House's Grain Bowl with Shrimp, Burger and Fries, and Chicken Caesar Salad (Photos Paige Petrone)

THE PIER HOUSE

  • Story / Photos By PAIGE PETRONE

I have been so excited about the opening of The Pier House in Venice Beach. The casual dining spot previously in this location was a local favorite so accepting the change has been hard for some. But this is a good change! They’ve given the space a much needed overhaul with a great vibe, chic beachy décor, and an updated menu. It now feels fresh and new and is great for entertaining VIP clients, family, and friends. It is also thriving with a vibrant bar scene at night!

I’ve had lunch there a couple of times and here’s the lowdown on the dishes my guests and I have sampled. The Chicken Caesar Salad (with baby gem, torn crispy crouton, and tons of parmesan) was cold, crisp and one of the best I’ve had. Next up we tried the Grain Bowl (with farro, quinoa, corn, squash, cherry tomato, and basil vinaigrette) with grilled shrimp, which was really fresh and delicious. I spotted a “Nashville hot” Fried Chicken Sandwich on the menu that I will definitely be ordering on my next visit. And possibly the Lobster Roll too!

The Pier House also offers fabulous Brunch items daily. These include Avocado Toast, Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros, Croque Madame, and Brioche French Toast served with mixed berry compote. I intend to try them all — you should too!

The Pier House is located at 7 W Washington Boulevard in Venice.

THE PALM

The Palm Los Angeles' Chicken Parmigiana (Photo Paige Petrone)

THE PALM

  • Story / Photo By PAIGE PETRONE

When you go to any Palm restaurant you are sure to have a truly fine dining experience. Recently, we partnered on a theatre event with The Palm in downtown LA and we were lucky enough to have time for a fabulous dinner before the festivities began.

Dinner was spectacular! The Chicken Parmigiana was to die for! (Check out the photo to the left!) It’s a real art (or trick) to create and maintain a crispy crust on chicken parmigiana and get it right every time, but they do! It is truly delicious — you must try it. They also offer an array of Italian specialties that have been family recipes since 1926. The Palm is considered to be a steak and seafood restaurant, so yes, the steaks are phenomenal. The menus are similar to any high-end steakhouse format, offering entrées of various cuts of steaks and chops, salmon, sea bass, crab cakes, and of course, amazing lobster. All may be accompanied by several fun family-style sides. Try the Brussels Sprouts, Wild Mushrooms, Mushroom Caps, Creamed Spinach, Hand-cut French Fries, or decadent Three -Cheese Potatoes Au Gratin.

And be sure to save room for dessert! The Palm offers the finest NY Style Cheesecake, their own Classic Vanilla Crème Brulée, and a Key Lime Pie that will conquer your sweetness cravings for sure. The downtown location is perfect for pre-show/theatre dining.

The Palm is located at 1100 S Flower Street. For locations, click here.

Providence

Providence Los Angeles

Providence

  • By Kymberly Chase

Two Michelin stars and a place on almost every “Best of LA” list, Providence may be LA’s most essential restaurant. Michael Cimarusti’s cooking is marked by restraint — he knows just what accent to add to bring out the pristine quality of the sea. Providence in Hollywood is an exceptional experience (and an expensive one). Several courses were the perfect essence of their ingredients — creative and complex and yet just plain enjoyable. It’s not easy to simultaneously tantalize customers’ palettes while maintaining elements of surprise in creating a menu, but Chef Cimarusti superbly and passionately executes the task.

The Kanpachi: beautiful, edible pieces of art. The sashimi was fresh and firm, garnished with nasturtium leaves and two thin rice crackers. The crème fraiche mixed with lime and subtle hints of espelette added a tiny kick and tanginess to the dish. The Vermilion Rockfish: tender, flaky, and it melted in my mouth! The crispy, sweetly glazed, and grilled skin on top was fabulous! It was served with a velvety artichoke purée and mint sauce on the side. Then there was the lovely introduction of each course, including complete background info about where the ingredients come from. Providence LA is one of the most glorious dining experiences I’ve ever had. It is extreme fine dining! Perfection!

Providence is located at 5955 Melrose Avenue.

DAMA

DAMA’s Bar

DAMA

  • By Kymberly Chase

Cocktail kingpins Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni have partnered again with Chef Antonia Lofaso, this time at an open-air Latin-inspired restaurant in LA’s Fashion District. Dama is Lofaso’s homage to her Puerto Rican heritage. It’s a gorgeous space. There is a large, three-sided bar in the center of what used to be a banana distribution warehouse,  with dining on all three sides. The dining room and breezy patio have an old world Caribbean feel. The dishes reflect the restaurant’s tropical vibe, featuring flavors from all over Latin America like bocadillos with black calamari and crispy pork shank with avocado crema (which was muy bueno)! The whipped heirloom beans topped with crispy pork, cotija cheese, onion, radish, and pickled onions — another wow!

Next up was an order of empanadas — dry aged ground beef, green onion, smoked paprika, and Brazilian hot vinegar. Then out came fish nirvana, a shared  escabeche of whole red snapper, lime, and pineapple. Dazzling! Antonia Lofaso currently has two other restaurants (Black Market Liquor Bar in Studio City and Scopa Italian Roots in Venice). She has appeared on Top Chef and other cooking shows and is currently working on opening still another restaurant. She is one busy woman! Dama gets my highest recommendation!

Dama is located at 612 E 11 Street in Downtown LA.

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