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"Local Food" Restaurants in L.A.?

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svonkie Jan 5, 2007 08:34 PM

So, I'm one of those post "The Omnivore's Dillema" people who got all excited about eating local food and ethical meat and all that, but I haven't been able to find a good resource to help find "local food" restaurants here locally in L.A. Anyone have any favorites?

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    AquaW RE: svonkie Jan 5, 2007 09:36 PM

    I know Josie does a Farmer's Market Wednesday prix-fixe (around $35 for 3 courses) where the menu is conjured up based on ingredients bought at the farmer's market that day. www.josierestaurant.com

    ~AquaW
    http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

    1. DanaB RE: svonkie Jan 5, 2007 09:42 PM

      You might start by joining the Los Angeles branch of Slow Food, of which Evan Kleiman is the chair. She's also the chef of Angeli Caffe and the host of "Good Food," on KCRW on Saturday mornings. The LA branch has a lot of events which focus on locally grown produce and the restaurants that feature it.

      http://www.slowfoodla.com/

      In addition to Angeli Caffe, other restaurants that come to mind whose chefs are known for shopping the local farmers' markets include Lucques, Grace and Josie.

      http://www.lucques.com/

      http://www.gracerestaurant.com/

      http://www.josierestaurant.com/

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        BeachGrub RE: svonkie Jan 6, 2007 01:59 AM

        What about the new Rustic Canyon. Haven't been yet but that is supposed to be one of their big things.

        http://www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com/

        Josie's market menu is very nice.

        1. Dommy RE: svonkie Jan 7, 2007 11:22 PM

          Other market menus include Michaels in Santa Monica and Campanille on La Brea... :)

          --Dommy!

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            budlit RE: svonkie Feb 28, 2007 02:50 PM

            chefs from jiraffe, joe's, melisse, campanile shop local farmer's mkts.

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              bulavinaka RE: svonkie Feb 28, 2007 08:26 PM

              I can attest to Joe's too... I've often run into Joe walking Santa Monica's farmers market and making huge orders from the stalls... and I am sure there are tons of other chefs there as well - I just don't know them...

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                michellemabelle RE: svonkie Feb 28, 2007 08:46 PM

                Capo in Santa Monica. Bruce Marder grows some of the stuff behind the restaurant.

                1. Local RE: svonkie Feb 28, 2007 08:52 PM

                  Parkway Grill in Pasadena has grown their own vegetables/herbs in amazingly beautiful garden on adjoining lot since they opened the restaurant.

                  1. SauceSupreme RE: svonkie Feb 28, 2007 09:02 PM

                    Suzanne Goin shops from farmer's markets, too.

                    1. ipsedixit RE: svonkie Mar 1, 2007 09:36 AM

                      David Feau at CAFE PINOT in downtown shops local.

                      AXE in Venice also uses locally grown produce.

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                        ElissaInPlaya RE: svonkie Mar 1, 2007 10:07 AM

                        Park Ave in Stanton has a vegetable/produce garden.

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                          JacJac RE: svonkie Mar 1, 2007 10:52 AM

                          Sona!! They shop at all the markets in the morning and then cook that night. Their tasting menu is superb! BUT PRICEY as hell!

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