Went to post & beam for lunch last Tuesday...beautiful LA weather and heard good things about the patio on this board, so we decided to check it out.
The standalone building is very nice architecturally, situated on the outside edges of a mall property. We were quickly seated on the patio. It's next to a fairly busy street but they did a nice job buffering out noise with vegetation--including their own garden next to seating. Nice spot! We ordered homemade regular and strawberry lemonade which was perfect for the warm day. Looked like they had a nice wine list and a few beers on draft, and a full bar.
The menu touted the homemade corn bread so we ordered it. Out came one measly end piece slapped on a white plate with a ramekin of honey butter or some such. For $3 you figure they could have done something a little more sexy...honeycomb or something. It was just ok.
For mains, my wife ordered the Garden Pizza, and I ordered the fried Catfish Wrap with Black Eye Pea Hummus, Pickled Tomato and Avocado. Both were awesome. Though the tomatoes in my wrap were a little tough, it gave it some great zing and the fish was light and crispy. I gobbled the whole thing, which came with some of the best sweet potato fries I have ever had.
The Garden Pizza, had some lovely fresh mozz cheese, and, as it turns out, fava leaves harvested from just a few feet away. Chef Gorvind Armstrong himself relayed that to us when he came outside to show some other patrons the garden and asked us about our meal! He stayed outside to chat with a us a few minutes and was really nice. I didn't have the heart to tell him about the cornbread fail. Should I have?
All in all, it was a great, filling lunch, in a peaceful setting. Seeing the chef was neat too, as we visited Table 8 many years ago. Foodies + chef groupies!
P.S. He says the place really gets busy for Sunday brunch...could be fun!
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