After cooking for years in the underground dining scene, husband-and-wife team Whitney Flood and Julie Retzlaff surfaced late last year with Muddy Leek in Culver City’s Arts District. The food preaches the gospel of seasonal and organic—Chowhound lil mikey checked it out recently and came away a believer.

Rich porcini ragu on garlic bread; a sophisticated egg-and-leek puff pastry with nasturtium sabayon; a tender flatiron steak with asparagus and garlic flan—everything was delicious. But the show-stoppers were the desserts with spring berries, especially a blackberry–lemon verbena pie in a soft crust that lil mikey loved.

Happy hour offers a glimpse of Flood and Retzlaff’s more playful side, with chicken-fried bacon, venison corn dogs, and grilled cheese with Speck and Manchego (charcuterie lovers take note).

“I worked in Culver City for a few weeks and fell in love with the place,” CharlesKochel says. Check it out before everybody in LA falls in love with it, too.

Muddy Leek [Culver City]
8631 Washington Boulevard, Culver City

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