Silver Lake is an anomaly of sorts. It’s known as one of the hippest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, though some easter-siders might argue that its time has past and has already gone by way of the tourist. Take, for example, that there are many movie settings that tout Silver Lake, but not Echo Park, Mt. Washington or Boyle Heights.
Sunset Junction, to be specific, is the site of the Los Angeles coffee resurgence, but the quality of Silver Lake’s new restaurants haven’t really kept the pace of the other burgeoning neighborhood’s eateries. Instead, it continues to be stocked with local favorites in lieu of destination restaurants with nearby residents regularly filling covers – and Silver Lake definitely prefers it that way.
I don’t make it a secret that M.B. Post is practically my favorite restaurant in the South Bay and one of my top picks for all of Los Angeles. So it pains me to admit that I wish I lived closer so that I could take advantage of their new “Nooner” menu – essentially a weekend daytime menu that’s served from 2 – 5 in the weekend afternoon but also lunchtime until dinner on Friday afternoons.
You can count on Chef David Lefevre’s terrific truffle honey laced fried chicken to be on the mid-day list, as well as Albondigas and Meyers’ Farm “Never Ever” Skirt Steak. Order the Pomegranate Cous Cous with lavender feta, Marcona almonds and grapefruit and the Blistered Green Beans with Thai basil, chili sauce and crispy pork to pair, and you’re pretty much all set.
Oh, but wait. You’d be remiss not to try one of the awesome cocktails at M.B. Post. Since it’s daytime, go for the Coughlin’s Law, or the glorified Bloody Mary. Complete with quail egg, dill and picante, this will likely be the best Bloody Mary you’ve had in awhile.
If you’re good to actually make it to weekend brunch at M.B. Post, even better. You’ll have your choice of egg dishes, including the incredible Breakfast Frittata and the same Meyers’ Farm steak but with a sunny side up egg. Their Benedict incorporates the famous bacon cheddar biscuit and La Quercia prosciutto and truly makes me do a happy dance.
Either way, any time of day – even dinner – is prime time at M.B. Post, since there’s such a great selection and execution of small plates for every occasion.
Peep below for a slideshow of their brunch items:
Brunch: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM Saturday & Sunday Nooner: 2 – 5 PM Friday Nooner: 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM Nooner menu
M.B. Post 1142 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.545.5405
Summer is upon us, and there’s no better time to introduce a new dessert menu. Nobu on La Cienega has you covered – with three new options from pastry chef Gabriele Riva. This ever delicate-yet-decadent, deconstructedÂ cheese cake is made with Cheesecake mousse, sable breton, raspberry coulis, and sweet gorgonzolaÂ gelato. Yes – gorgonzola gelato! (Indeed, I am on a gorgonzola ice cream kick andÂ cannot wait to try this one – especially after the phenomenal Pear-Gorgonzola-Walnut ice cream from Tai Kim of Scoops at the Eat My Blog Bake Sale over the weekend.)
Further along the summer theme is Chef Riva’s Equilibrium ($11), whichÂ resembles a freshÂ green salad. The dessert is a mix ofÂ orange segments, light goat cheeseÂ cream, baby arugula, carmelized pecans and sorbet. I’m curious to try this one out; I can’t say that I’ve ever had a salad for dessert, before.
And don’t forget that there’s a fresh summer cocktail menu to lead into or even supplement your desserts…
Nobu in West Hollywood may be the epitome of La Cienega swank, but one good thing about them is that they have happy hour every day. Make no mistake – these aren’t dive bar prices, but this isn’t dive bar food, either. Nobu’s imaginative bites do well to accompany you and titillate your taste buds while you take in (and exude) all the glamour in their lounge area.
Marcus Voglrieder recently updated their cocktail menu to match the warmer temperatures and while washing down your Wagyu Foie Gras Gyozas, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno and Ginger Panko Encrusted Scallops. The original Happy Hour bites menu is still available, as is their $40 Omakase option.
During happy hour, the following drinks are $9:
Matsuhisa Martini 14 Akvinta Vodka, Hokusetsu Sake, Ginger & garnished with Cucumbers
Spicy Acai Martini 14 Veev Acai Spirit, Acai, Passion Fruit & Serrano Peppers
Bellini Martini 14 Akvinta Vodka, CrÃ¨me de Peche & White Peach puree
PiÃ±a Martini 14 Pineapple Vodka, Fresh Pineapple & Fresh Lime
Lychee & Elderflower Martini 14 Marani Vodka, St. Germain Liquor & Lychee Juice
Pink Canton 14 Right Gin, Canton Ginger Liqueur, St Germain & Pink Grapefruit juice
Spring Punch 15 Fresh Raspberries, Stoli Raspberry, Cassis & Champagne
Cucumber Martini 14 Finlandia Grapefruit, Fresh Cucumber & Fresh Lemon Juice
Champagne 95 14 Grand Marnier Liquor, CrÃ¨me de Peche, Pineapple Juice & Champagne
Pisco Sour 14 Pisco, Fresh Lime Juice & Sugar Cane