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Good beet salad?

RacerX Jun 20, 2011 01:16 AM

I love beets and I've been craving a good beet salad.

The best version I had so far was at Zelos Pizza in Arcadia of all places. I'm a big fan of their thick, corn meal crust pizzas and try to stop by whenever I'm in the area. A few months ago I saw they had a beet salad on the menu and it was awesome. Generous amount of sliced, roasted beets and lettuce, sprinkled with goat cheese and nuts..

Arcadia's too far to make it a regular stop for me so I'm looking for other options, preferably in the SFV or the Westside.

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    Bradbury Oct 15, 2011 12:27 PM

    We were at Zelo a few nights ago for the first time in 3-4 months and, while the pizza special (corn, Andouille sausage, roasted red peppers) was outstanding, I'm sad to say the beet salad has taken an nasty turn for the worse. The beets tasted canned, the greens from a Sysco bag, the vinaigrette weak, and the goat cheese almost petrified. Not sure what's gone wrong - used to love it but doubt I'll get it again.

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      running pig Jul 18, 2011 12:16 PM

      Been a couple of years, but I really liked the beet salad at Blair's. Oh, the Parkway Grill in Pasadena also!

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      Parkway Grill
      510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

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        Will Owen Jul 18, 2011 01:11 PM

        Mrs. O raved about two more in Pasadena, at Plate 38 and at Gale's. While the Gale's example was the most elaborate and interesting, the table full of bellowing celebrants next to us made appreciation of the food difficult, so I guess the salad must have been really good not to have been ruined by association. Plate 38 is smaller, cheaper and much calmer. I don't remember much about the beet salad itself, as she did not see her way clear to share any with me, but it was very pretty.

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        Plate 38
        2361 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

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        assassin Jul 18, 2011 11:36 AM

        Father's Office. It's a similar preparation to the one you describe.

        You can't beat beets and beer!

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        Father's Office
        1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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          foodiemahoodie Jul 18, 2011 02:52 AM

          Gjelina stands out for me.

          Last night, though, I had one at Savory. A big bowl of food. You could get that and call it a meal. And it had bacon, goat cheese, and what we thought was an interesting little berry we couldn't identif - which turned out to be English peas.

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          Gjelina
          1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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            lsales Jul 18, 2011 12:33 AM

            I love beet salads too and agree that gjelina and lemonade have great versions. I'd add Rustic Canyon and Pitfire Pizza, when they have them on the menu. Here are pics of some of the beet salads mentioned. The one I wouldn't order again is the one from Delphine. Not a bad hit rate overall. http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=41279...

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            Pitfire Pizza
            108 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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              karynx78 Jul 6, 2011 05:59 PM

              Angelini Osteria. They have a fantastic Beet Salad with Burrata Cheese

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              Angelini Osteria
              7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                Sam D. Jun 21, 2011 08:02 AM

                Madame Matisse in Silverlake

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                Madame Matisse
                3536 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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                  frazzletree Jun 20, 2011 10:25 PM

                  I really like the baby beet salad at Nick & Stef's downtown.

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                    sushigirlie Jun 20, 2011 09:03 PM

                    I agree with the Zelo rec.

                    1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 20, 2011 06:55 PM

                      i actually haven't had any of the others mentioned, though now i want ALL of them :)

                      but for a special occasion/splurge, the roasted beet "layer cake" at Spago - chevre, microgreens, a citrusy vinaigrette & toasted hazelnuts...it's fabulous every time.

                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/muyyum/4...

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                      Spago
                      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                      1. foodie1165 Jun 20, 2011 05:29 PM

                        I agree with the beet salad at Lemonade - delicious and reasonably priced! They have a good one at Ago, Robert De Niro's restaurant, but you'll pay through the nose for it.

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                          maudies5 Jun 20, 2011 05:51 PM

                          I love the beet salad at Lemonade. Huckleberry's is also pretty fabulous. Clementine makes an excellent beet salad, but all things considered, I would choose Lemonade or Huckleberry.

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                            RacerX Jun 20, 2011 11:50 PM

                            Wow, lots of promising places to check out! I didn't realize the Westside had so many beet worthy salad options!

                            Question regarding Lemonade - I noticed there are several locations; are they all the same or are some branches better than others?

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                          Bradbury Jun 20, 2011 12:36 PM

                          I'm not sure if it's on the menu year-round, but a few months back I had a really good roasted beet salad with green apples and a crumbly sharp white cheddar at Animal (of all places)

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                            will47 Jun 20, 2011 12:29 PM

                            I had a great beet "tartare" made with dried cherries and candied nuts (walnuts, I think) somewhere in Santa Monica; pretty sure it was Jiraffe. I've replicated it fairly successfully at home on a number of occasions. That was one that really stuck out for me (and I've eaten a lot of beet salads).

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                            Jiraffe Restaurant
                            502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                              budlit Jul 6, 2011 05:29 PM

                              I'm pretty sure that salad is from Jiraffe too, it's great.

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                              Jiraffe Restaurant
                              502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                            2. westsidegal Jun 20, 2011 08:42 AM

                              obika in century city.
                              delicious beet salad

                              1. wienermobile Jun 20, 2011 08:32 AM

                                beets, pickled onion, hazelnut vinaigrette at Lemonade.

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                                Lemonade
                                1661 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

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                                  bulavinaka Jun 20, 2011 06:49 PM

                                  Yup.

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                                  budlit Jun 20, 2011 07:14 AM

                                  gjelina

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                                    bulavinaka Jun 20, 2011 06:49 PM

                                    +1

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