Dish on Foothill Blvd. in La Canada continues to deliver on its initial promise of a nice family restaurant serving interesting American food using quality ingredients at reasonable prices.
Having returned for breakfast, lunch and dinner numerous times over the past months, I have been impressed with the consistently good preparations coming out of the kitchen. For example, this past Saturday night, in addition to their regular dinner menu which ranges from grilled pork chop with spiced apple compote to ribeye steak to roasted halibut, they had two great specials - a braised lamb shank with mashed potatoes and a reduction sauce and a roasted salmon over wild rice with a carmelized fennel and olive sauce (more of a compote really). I had the salmon, which was lovely, but the lamb shanks that I saw go by looked fantastic, and judging by how they were wolfed down by other diners, must have been tasty. My wife had the always outstanding Dish burger (the La Brea bakery sesame roll really sets it apart).
What impresses me about Dish is that there are so few non-ethnic places that you go to nowadays that simultaneously are: (1) good for kids; (2) serve interesting preparations using quality ingredients; and (3) reasonably priced. Yet at Dish, each of the outstanding specials was $12.
My only gripe is with their wine options by the glass. I think they need to look at their crowd and realize that they're not selling many bottles to mom and dad and 1-3 kids, yet their only quality wines are by the bottle. I would love it if they upgraded their typical by the glass wines, and if, rather than offering 2 cabs and 1 merlot (all of generic California appellation), they dropped a cab and tossed in something more interesting, whether pinot, or syrah or zin. Ditto for the whites (why offer more than one chardonnay? Unless one was French and one California.).
But, my minor wine rant aside, Dish continues to deliver on its modest yet unique promise, and continues to be a great addition to the La Canada and North Glendale dining scene.
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