A new week means NEW FOOD! Tried a handful of new spots as well as visited some old favorites. Here are this past week’s best eats after the jump:
LaMill is a full-service cafe located in the hip neighborhood of Silverlake. I used to frequent this spot when I lived down the street from it. Aside from serving really good coffee and drinks, they have a menu of good food. My favorite thing used to be their banana cream pie but they have discontinued that which makes my heart cry. Regardless, I was very excited when my @bestfoodLA girls (Jenny and Lesley) and I were invited in to try some more goodies. For drinks, my favorite and go-to is their Hong Kong Milk Tea. I, unfortunately, am not much of a coffee drinker but Lesley got their creme brulee cappuccino, Jenny got their salted caramel latte and both said they enjoyed their drinks. We also had two toasts: avocado toast & ricotta toast. Their avocado toast is good albeit pretty normal so the ricotta toast stuck out a bit more as it had strawberries hazelnut on top. We also got their warm brioche donut holes which is another favorite of mine. They are super light and usually dusted (for some reason this day they were covered) with powdered sugar and served with whipped cream.
The space is very stylized, pretty and airy as one side is all glass. There is outdoor patio seating (so many people bring their cute dogs) as well as lots of interior seating. There is also a small parking lot in the back which is great because sometimes Silverlake can be a pain when it comes to parking!
Hong Kong Milk Tea
Creme Brulee Cappuccino
Warm Brioche Donut Holes
1601 W Redondo Beach Blvd. Gardena, CA 90247 (South Bay)
If you like spaghetti, this place is for you. I was born and raised in the South Bay and have been going to Spoon House for as long as I can remember. I think Spoon House has been around longer than I have (I’m almost 29) and it has remained in the same spot, essentially unchanged, for all those years. They have close to 40 different types of spaghetti, many of which are Japanese inspired as it’s a Japanese-owned spot. You can’t really go wrong with whatever you order here. They have bolognese to uni spaghetti to cold California-roll inspired spaghetti. My favorites are the basic meat sauce bolognese (add sausage) and their carbonara. You can also add on a salad for $1 which is such a huge plus. They make each dish (even the spaghetti) to order so you know you won’t be getting old spaghetti. They also serve delicious french baguettes that are made daily in-house.
The restaurant is super cute, sort of French-inspired, and while it’s sort of small, it can fit a decent number of people. The kitchen is an open kitchen so you can watch while they are cooking. There is also a parking lot behind the building as well as tons of street parking.
One Dollar Salad (yes, that is what it’s called)
I really love the concept of Bareburger and they finally made it over to LA from the east coast. It’s an all organic, grass-fed burger chain.While I wasn’t blown away with everything we had, I love the concept so much that it’s worth talking about. *I would like to note this was a media tasting I went to with Jenny so it was not a regular tasting so I can’t say my experience with how the food came out is average since it was sort of crazy at the time.* I do really like their selection because they offered meats that are hard to find elsewhere (bison – one of my faves, elk, boar, etc.). Here’s a rundown of my meal:
Their milkshakes are very good in flavor but ours was slightly warm which I wasn’t into. Their fries (we got sweet potato & regular) were soggy and not too flavorful but the onion rings were crispy and amazing. The Cali Fresh salad was nothing special and our crispy brussels sprouts were overcooked so they were pretty black and not crispy at all. We had a falafelwraptor (a falafel wrap, if you couldn’t figure that out) was good and I loved that it was wrapped in a huge leaf! Also, 5000 points for the great name. Now we are on to the burgers. The Supreme is basically a beef cheeseburger with fries AND onion rings in it. I really liked it and you can tell the meat quality is very good. Ours was cooked a little more than I would’ve liked so the ends were a little tough but the flavors were delicious. We also got the Southern Caviar, which is a bison burger with pimento cheese, bacon, onions, and horseradish remoulade. This was a messy burger but the flavors were so, so good. Again, our burger was cooked through and so the edges were tough. I would definitely consider going again to see if the food and service differs in a more relaxed setting.
Their location in Santa Monica isn’t in an overly crowded area so you can sometimes find some street parking or there are also cash lots close by. The space has a hip, industrial vibe and offers 2 areas for dining and a bar area. I really loved the art they had up (very pop-art and all animal related).
The Supreme (Burger)
Southern Caviar (Burger)