Being as I did a dinner party for 30 the weekend before Thanksgiving and then dinner for 8 ON Thanksgiving, dining out was big on my agenda last week. "Something old, something new," was the thought that came to me.
So my husband and I first ventured to an old haunt: The Courtyard on Santa Monica, just west of La Cienega. They USED to have a really nice a weekend la carte brunch. And when the waiter, upon our arrival, mentioned a buffet featuring paella, we couldn't resist... though we should have! The star paella was made with chicken breast that had been cooked to the consistency of shoe leather, and the bacon came up in a clump of about 10 greasy strips. I'll spare you details of the French Toast. Suffice it to say, the 40 minute wait for the buffet to actually be ready and the $15/person charge was enough to drive me from that establishment forever. And I want to hear nothing in defense of their overpriced tapas as a reason to still eat there. I don't care how delicious the chocolate empanada is, it's not worth $10 and never was!
Undaunted by The Courtyard, I later in the week found myself with a hankerin' for pizza. This time, I thought, let's try something new, and we ordered from Johnnie's New York pizza on the Sunset Strip. All I can say is that until I got to the crust edge, I thought that the crust was too salty. Sadly, I discovered that the chef had decided to balance a crust utterly devoid of any flavor with sauce so salty it could've been used as a brine. The dog, however, thought it was lovely.