Bedford and Burns review
I haven't posted in a really long time, but I thought I'd jump back in to review a place that hasn't gotten much buzz on Chowhound.
I was looking for somewhere to take my visiting septuagenarian mom and stepfather for dinner last night. They're not into small plates (which removes tons of new places I've wanted to try from the list) or anything too ethnic, and they eat a lot of Italian at home. A previous visit to Tavern in Brentwood was a big hit. Bedford and Burns seemed like the best contender for us this time.
We got to the restaurant early for our 7 p.m. reservation and the place was empty. It was full by the time we left at 8:30, though. An older Beverly Hills crowd (a lot of whom seemed to bump into people they know, so it must be a "neighborhood" joint for these folks).
We ordered two salads to share: heirloom beets and chopped salad. Neither were very flavorful and the chopped salad was pretty unappetizing looking--just brownish tiny vegetables (must've been a mild balsamic that turned everything that color). The beets came with burrata, which I was excited about, but I don't know what they did to it. It had a weird seasoning or addition that didn't taste good to me. The greens that came with it were underdressed. The beets were beets (can't do much to those). My mom was disappointed that bread was not served (you can order biscuits or flatbread).
The mains were much better. My mom liked her chicken milanese, my sea bass was tasty (as was the broccolini that came with it--a nice surprise after the disappointing starters), and stepfather enjoyed his bouillabaisse, though he had to ask for a spoon and a dish for his discarded shells.
We shared the hot fudge sundae for dessert. It was deconstructed, so it came as two so-so scoops of vanilla ice cream, a pitcher of hot...syrup(?), some slivered almonds and good whipped cream. They gave us plates to share this on, not bowls, so it was a little awkward and just average-tasting.
All in all, it was okay, but I don't see myself going back.
Anywhere else you can think of that I could've gone instead? (We have one more night to fill!)
We drove all over the city during the day, so we wanted to stay close to where they were staying in Encino for dinner. We ended up at Bleecker Street. They both ordered the burger with truffle fries and were very happy. I had a pizza with fig jam, proscuitto, and gorgonzola, which I thought was very good. We split a chopped salad to start. It didn't have any lettuce--just chopped green beans, edamame, onions, and carrots, mixed with dressing (which the waitress suggested we switch to the house feta-balsamic rather than what was listed on the menu). It was different, but we all liked it.
What does it mean they're not into small plates? Most places that have small plates, also have large plates. If they are ordering just one thing, how does that make a difference?
Anyway, my recs would be :
Son of a Gun
These are all over the city, but you did not specify a region.
They just do better when the menu is specifically divided into starters, entrees, sides. And know that there will be a meat and a vegetable and possibly a potato on the plate. Trust me, it's just easier. Thank you for all of your suggestions. I've been to a few and they're all good ones, so I'll check out the others without the parents.