National Escargot Day
Saturday is apparently National Escargot Day. Any suggestions on the best place to eat escargot in LA? We tried them at La Poubelle a couple of years ago, and I hear Cafe Stella has them. Anything on the West Side?
At the Larchmont Farmer's market there's this French guy whose name escapes me, he does sell escargots to go and not out of a can. He also sells some homemade charcuterie that's very fresh and good. He is rather expensive though.
At restaurants, I had some very good escargots in Santa Monica at Le Petit Cafe, and some very decent ones at La Dijonaise.
You can get fine standard versions at Chez Mimi, Comme Ca, Lilly's or Pastis; a very nice nouvelle version at La Cachette; and a delicious cutting edge one (with whipped potatoes and a lettuce emulsion) at Ortolan. Just be patient as they come out at a snail's pace.
La Cachette Bistro
1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Lilly's French Cafe & Bar
1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Chez Mimi Restaurant
246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402