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The Factory Kitchen

(left to right) The Factory Kitchen's Peperú (sweet and spicy peppers stuffed with soft cheese), Focaccina Calda di Recco al Formaggio (stuffed focaccia bread), and Mandilli di Seta (Handkerchief with almond-basil olive oil pesto) (Photos Paige Petrone)

The Factory Kitchen

  • Story / Photos By Paige Petrone

Recently a client and I paid a visit to the Natural Museum of History (and we loved the Butterfly Pavilion). We had a wonderful time and afterwards decided to hit one of downtown’s hottest restaurants, The Factory Kitchen. It definitely lived up to its reputation and our expectations. I love a good Italian restaurant, but not all in Los Angeles make fresh pasta. At The Factory Kitchen, all of the pastas are house made and seriously special.

We started with the Peperú (sweet and spicy peppers stuffed with soft cheese and finished with parmesan, arugula, and olive oil) which were surprisingly sweet and fabulously delicious. Then we shared the Cavolonero Salad (Tuscan kale, radiccio, aged ricotta shavings, crostine crumbs, and hazelnuts) along with their signature Focaccina Calda di Recco al Formaggio which simply means “stuffed focaccia bread.” Stuffed with cheese that is, and topped with arugula and olive oil. This was fresh, light, and so delicious. The stuffed focaccia breads are a must-have for sure.

Then it was time for pasta! Our very informative and enthusiastic server told us that hands down we had to try the Mandilli di Seta. So, we did! This dish is unique as the fresh pasta is formed into “handkerchiefs” and smothered in almond-basil olive oil pesto and topped with pecorino Toscano cheese. To die for! Go!

The Factory Kitchen is located at 1300 Factory Place in downtown LA.

71 Above

(left-right) 71 Above's Grilled Ribeye, Grilled Eggplant, and Champagne Oysters with caviar (Photos Kymberly Chase)

71 Above

  • Story / Photos By Kymberly Chase

Two fancy elevators later and we arrived! On the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles is the acclaimed “best view” of DTLA. 71 Above, a reputable fine dining experience sitting pretty with its amazing views, is home to critically acclaimed Executive Chef Vartan Abgaryan — a dream combo for the ultimate foodie dining experience.

The menu, which changes seasonally, is a prix fixe three-course meal with approximately five choices per course. Chef Abgaryan and his team are churning out well-balanced, creative dishes in portions that don’t overwhelm. For me, the oyster was the most “worth it” of all the dishes, with two palm-sized poached oysters in a creamy sauce and topped with a touch of uni and caviar. The second dish was octopus. Served in a Japanese-inspired bowl, the octopus is diced into small chunks and mixed with shelling beans, bacon bits, puffed wild rice, and other vegetables.

Finally, there was the rib-eye steak, prepared medium rare (standard) and paired with broccolini and seasoned with smoked soy and grilled onion au jus. The rib-eye looked beautiful and was very juicy. I can’t wait to go back. Every dish is curated to perfection. It’s obvious that this chef is very talented!

71 Above is located at 633 W 5th Street (on 71 floor) in Downtown LA.

Café Del Rey

Café Del Rey's fabulous view and dining room

Café Del Rey

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of Café Del Rey

For years Café del Rey has been a favorite with locals and visitors alike for its one-of-a-kind views of the marina, but their new menu and new decor raises the dining experience to a whole new level.  I recently dined there and met Executive Chef Job Carder (note: Carder dined at CdR as a child with his grandfather, co-founder of the iconic Norm’s Restaurants) and was excited to taste his seafood-inspired menu.

We started our meal with two seasonal cocktails – the mellow cucumber Del Rey made with white cranberry and to kick it up a notch a Jalapeno Infused Margarita. I love a simple crudo dish and their Bluefin Tuna Toro crudo is a standout for taste and beauty. Their Caesar salad offers a nice spin on the classic recipe. Fish lovers will love the Poppy Seed-Crusted Seabass – light and delicious. Other seafood favorites include the Bouillaisse Blanc and the Lobster Ravioli swimming in a truffle sauce.

Let Beverage Director Henry Marquis select your wines – unusual pours paired perfectly. Not ready for dinner, try their tasty Happy Hour bites in the lounge – ideal to enjoy with a spectacular sunset! Brunch offers optional bottomless sparkling wine, mimosas or bloody Mary’s. What are you waiting for?

Café Del Rey is located at 4451 Admiralty Way in Marina Del Rey.

The Raymond

(left to right) The Raymond's Roasted Hanger Steak, their signature Roasted Duck, and specialty dessert, "The Raymond" (Photos Kymberly Chase)

The Raymond

  • Story / Photo By Kymberly Chase

This cozy restaurant, all that’s left of the grand Raymond Hotel from the 1920s, occupies the property’s former caretaker’s cottage. The history of this gorgeous location began once the Great Depression hit and Raymond, his wife, and their family moved into the servants’ quarters. The house they moved into now serves as the beautiful Restaurant and Bar 1886. The restaurant is the last remaining piece of a beautiful story of dreamers, natural disaster, economic woes, and a love that continues to thrive. With an undeniable sense of romance and times passed, heart exists in a culinary menu that emits thoughtfulness, flavor, and generous portions. The warming fireplace, high-backed wooden booths, and flower and white linen-topped tables spread through intimate rooms and are utterly charming.

Executive Chef Jon Hung is the new secret ingredient at The Raymond 1886, and dinner was truly a culinary adventure. Organically raised salmon with roasted maitake, haricot vert, sweet soy, and potato emulsion was simply divine. The roasted duck with haricot vert, smoked onion, and hazelnut was my favorite. The roasted hanger steak with smoked potato, roasted carrot and the flavor of bacon was decadent. I highly recommend the Raymond for celebrating a special occasion or simply to have a nice dinner.

The Raymond is located at 1250 S Fair Oaks in Pasadena.

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