In Search of: A Swiss Restaurant in LA.. Anyone?
Okay, CH'ers... the only remotely Swiss place that comes to mind is The Melting Pot or maybe the Alpine Village (which is more German than Swiss anyway).
The place doesn't have to be a fondue restaurant... as long as it's not a fon-DON'T restaurant. (Sorry for the CHEESY joke there.... now, actually 2 cheesy jokes... ha.)
My wife has a guest flying in from Boston who grew up in Switzerland. Sure, we'll probably take her to something she cannot get in Boston or Switzerland... like decent Mexican food... but, I thought it'd be a fun surprise to bring her a slice of her childhood.
For what it's worth, I think she grew up near the Swiss-German border just in case there's a ton of regional Swiss restaurants out here that I couldn't find (cough-doubt-it-cough).
There used to be the Matterhorn, but it's now Barone's.
Gustav Anders of the Jagerhaus in Anaheim studied and worked in Switzerland (all of the memorabilia on the wall as you walk in are from Switzerland), but it a German restaurant. They do have roesti, however, but none of the Romandy specialities I lived on when I lived there.
re: Mattapoisett in LA
Gosh, how could you know this existed? Is it on that long horror-stretch of Sepulveda that look like all the stores are bankrupt because you can't reach them from the street? It was years I was passing them wondering why no new stores took the place of the kaput ones. This restaurant must be accessed from the parking-lot side of the street? I can't wait to try it! I had absolutely no idea....
In L.A. County your best choice is probably Chalet Edelweiss as mentioned above; however, in the interest of full disclosure, it's also available at the Waterfront Cafe:
"Swiss Cheese Fondue
Made with imported GRUYERE and EMMENTALER CHEESE from SWITZERLAND
Cooked in White Wine after our original Swiss Recipe.
Served for two or more guests only.
Origial Swiss Fondue Price per Person $ 12.75 including a Dinner Salad with choice of dressing.
With a shot of Original Swiss Kirsch Liquor add $ 1.00.
With Porcini Mushrooms add $ 1.00."
The Waterfront Cafe on the Venice Boardwalk is better know for it's view of the sand & ocean than for the excellence of it's food. OTOH, if it's real warm out, dining outside is definetly a European not-so-guilty pleasure ......
It's not Swiss, and it's on the westside, but AK on Abbot Kinney in Venice is supposed to be fantastic, with many true Scandinavian options, but the chef is a very well-known & seasoned guy who's worked all over the world for the Four Seasons chain. I have heard nothing but great things about it and can't wait to go myself!