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Trip report-BLD, AOC, Canele, RFD

seagrace | May 30, 2008 11:19 PM

Thanks for everyone's advice a couple weeks ago on places to go for solo diners while on a short trip. I wish I could have had more time to try out more of LA's fantastic eateries.

No need to give another rave review to AOC. The food and service was fantastic (loved bartendress Elisa) and the Earl Grey panna cotta topped with meringue was to die for.

Whomever suggested Canele to me: thank you! What a great little neighborhood spot (if Glendale/Atwater is your hood). I arrived just before closing, but I was warmly welcomed and served a refreshing prawn and avocado salad and a side of roasted cauliflower with a sampling of Pissaladiere. If you haven't tried this caramelized onion on buttery goodness, do so. It was just like my grandmother used to make. Tasty little canele desserts offered on the way out the door only make you want to return for more.

BLD was a disappointment and I wish I had tried Grace instead. I know one trip to a restaurant does not a good review make, but I personally would not return. I was served some kind of snap pea salad, but what I got was a ginormous plate of lettuce--half of it frissee--with a few peas chopped up and no seasoning. This tasteless roughage cost $15.00. The polenta cakes were sort of like what you might find at a basic Italian restaurant-- doused with red sauce and mushrooms, and the dessert menu was so pedestrian I skipped it. The bartender seemed to be trying and he was pretty to look at, however he seemed like he would have fit in better in a sports bar than an upscale eatery. Maybe it was an off night or I just had bad luck that day.

Not much to say but a thumbs up to RFD. The giant menu of all things vegan was a joy to behold and healthful too. Wish we had one in Seattle.

Thanks for the suggestions!

3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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514 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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