Gourmet Peanut Butter and Jelly: Is there such a thing? In a restaurant in Los Angeles? I've never seen it anywhere, but I imagine if it was done well it could be excellent. Anyone have any leads?
Any high-end Hotel that deals with kids is a good bet to have in it their coffee shop. I'll make an educated guess that they have a PB & J, but one that's a "True Gourmet" Version ?, at:
The Beverly Hills Hotel Fountain Coffee Room
On A Menu
Nate & Al's - Beverly Hills
Peanut Butter & Jelly - $4.50
Jerry's Deli - several locations
Peanut Butter & Jelly - $5.50
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Yummy (fried or deep fried, not sure) - $6.95
Suggestion - A decent spot, like the BHH-FCR, that has one would enjoy tricking one up, especially when they're not too busy, to Gourmet status by adding whatever you or they could think up.
Dommy, that one sounds Gourmet to me! From their menu:
"PBC & B - First we make a sandwich with two slices of our pan de mie bread, chunky peanut butter, bittersweet chocolate, and banana; then we dip it in an egg batter and grill the whole thing like french toast. Served with a homemade raspberry and vanilla bean dipping syrup. goopy & messy, but great!" $8.50 ?
The best PB&J that I've had was at Carnation Cafe in Disneyland. They do it as a painters palette, with a slice of bread pre-spread with peanut butter, and then little cups of toppings - jam, marshmallows, raisins, choco chips, etc.
Mendocino Farms (takeout sandwiches in California Plaza downtown) had a very gourmet peanut butter sandwich when I was there last week - curry peanut butter with cranberry yogurt, carrots and something else, if I recall correctly. I had a sample, but I'm too much of a purist to be able to evaluate it.
Simon LA in the Hotel Sofitel has a peanut butter sundae on the dessert menu that says it comes with PB&J sandwich/cookies.
the waitress recommended it, but I didn't try it
At home. Toast it to perfection with some organic bread and butter. Then, spread some organic jelly of your choice with freshly made peanut butter.
surfas cafe has one, with their extra-special ingredients right at hand; but ziva has it right, i think. grind up some just-toasted nuts in the food processor, maybe with some roasted peanut oil. either cook up some fruit with sugar in a 4:1 ratio (concord grapes at the farmer's market now, as well as strawberries, peaches--which would be better with almond butter--and plums) or go out and get something awesome. for bread, if you're not into making your own (but if you are, bread baker's apprentice by reinhart has a great multigrain recipe that i love for pbj), la brea's multigrain and pain de mie are my two favorites--& I don't generally love their stuff.