Staff Meals Today: What Top LA Restaurants Are Serving Their Employees
They cook for you, they serve you, they pick out your wine and they clean up after you. But what do they eat? Here is a sampling of what ten local restaurants are feeding their staff before they start taking care of you instead.
1. Angelini Osteria
Lamb and veal in a lamb ragout. Spicy pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil. Arugula salad with veggies and roasted chicken.
Red chicken chilaquiles with cotija, manchego and panela cheeses.
3. Comme Ça
Roast chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy and salad.
5. Drago Centro
Curry chicken legs with basmati rice and salad.
Penne with lamb spezzatino (stewed lamb) and salad. They're also offering a vegetarian pasta option.
Suckling pig chili.
Lamb sausage and couscous.
10. Water Grill
7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
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544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071
10100 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067
5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069
525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071
I agree, yum to the salad -- but that's simply not a meal. Even if you eat 500 - 600 calories' worth of it, the only component of any significant nutritional value is the fat in the dressing and the white bread in the croutons. Not a really balanced or healthy meal by itself, regardless of the portions.
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And that's why many restaurants do it, but they should also take care to serve well-balanced meals -- not merely an unrelated collection of dishes -- to help the staff remain healthy, energetic, and alert. You know, just like us customers. I would be shocked, shocked to find that any restaurant (at least, in Los Angeles, where this moveable thread began) doesn't care whether their staff is wide-awake and ... what was the other thing? ... oh, yeah, healthy.
3. Ford's Filling Station
Taco Thursday-- pulled pork carnitas tacos with avocado and salsa (the salsa is made by the dishwasher, whose sister sends him chiles from Oaxaca).
4. Golden State Café
Red poblano chilaquiles with a fried egg.
Thai marinated chicken with a broccoli and chile, Asian inspired rice.
Corned beef and cabbage.
7. Osteria Mozza
Crispy chicken thighs with sage, rosemary, garlic cloves and roasted potatoes.
8. Palate Food + Wine
Lemon pepper chicken wings with salad and pasta.
10. Rustic Canyon
Fennel sausage with pumpkin and kale. Arugula salad with apples.
At the last restaurant I worked in, the sous chef made the same thing for lunch every day -- and was eventually fired. This was unused chicken parts in some kind of white sauce and was truly disgusting. One day I found him on the bathroom floor choking on a chicken bone from his "lunch" and had to give him the Heimlich maneuver. In the back room the staff had a good laugh over "poetic justice."