Dish (La Canada) -- review
- The Oracle Oct 13, 2006 10:59 PM
Had a nice, casual dinner at Dish in La Canada on Wednesday night.
Was looking for something low-key and casual... and Dish came to mind.
Dish serves b'fast/lunch/dinner. It reminds me of a big house -- I like the main room, as it's not crowded with tables and the exterior walls have semi-circular booths -- which, I should point out, are beyond comfy!!
Warm sourdough rolls were brought out -- nice crusty outside, soft, warm bread on the inside. The butter melted perfectly --- very nice (I'm not a huge sourdough fan and I ate the whole thing!)
Had a nice penne pasta with chicken, spinach and baby tomato dish with a cream sauce. It was just perfect -- nothing that evoked inventive cooking, just solid, pasta dish that was served hot and was exactly what I needed. For $12.95 it was a steal (especially considering the overpriced, mediocre, and lukewarm dishes I've been subjected to lately).
There was a nice Syrah on the menu (Rock Rabbit).
My dining companion had the chicken with marsala wine sauce on a bed of linguini.
Again, this is not the place to go for a culinary explosion - but if you need a casual place with decent food for not a lot of money, it's a sure bet. I'd put it in the same genre as Green Street Restaurant -- with more of a mom and pop type feel.
The most notable was the service -- it was fantastic -- very genuine and friendly waitress.
Didn't see the bill, but figure it was about $35-40 for 2 entrees, a glass of wine, and a hot tea.
Looking forward to going back for b'fast (which they excel in).
A couple of weeks ago I had an EXCELLENT cheeseburger there. I wasn't expecting much from this restaurant when I first walked in but I ended up being happily surprised. My burger was cooked perfectly, the meat was tasty and juicy, and I asked for extra cheese and they were happy to comply (often times I ask for extra cheese and I seem to get less than usual!) I thought that the fries were good too.
Yes, I agree. Great basic food.
Does anyone know the history of the building? There's a similar structure on Los Feliz that was once one of the original Brown Derby Restaurants. Was this also once a BD?
I have been recommending this place for about a year now, glad more people are discovering its casual charm & good solid food.
They are apparently working up a new menu this fall.
I've had excellent short ribs there. However, their red velvet cupcake was dry. I've heard this complaint of red velvet cupcakes in general at other bakeries/restaurants so I'm wondering if it's just a general LA thing- can't get good red velvet cake?
Yep - looks definitely like something along the lines of Green Street or Marston's, homestyle chow that's not too heavy on the wallet. It's also pretty close to where I work so I definitely look forward to checking out during lunch some time. Thanks for the heads-up!