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Oct 13, 2006 10:59 PM

Dish (La Canada) -- review

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).

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  1. 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.

    1. 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?

      1. 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.

        1. 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?

          1. 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!