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Jun 2, 2013 11:17 AM

Best at Ruustic Canyon

What's your favorite dish at Rustic Canyon?

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  1. I am a very big fan of Rustic Canyon but have not been since Jeremy Fox took over as new chef with his new menu. Reviews have been stellar for the new menu. I loved the fried cauliflower on the older menu.

      1. re: brandygirl

        Evan Funke's roast chicken was the best! Jeremy Fox' roast chicken is not as good. I agree about the cauliflower. Actually, I often find myself wanting to go to Rustic Canyon. Then I look at the menu and don't find much which is appealing (except for the desserts).

        1. re: maudies5

          I find the new menu tough to like, and have left after having a drink in the bar to go elsewhere. Each dish has an added flavor that turns me off (short ribs with strawberry, for example).

          1. re: yogachik

            Dinner tonight at Rustic Canyon. Thankfully I knew about the off-menu Evan Funke Burger. That burger is great!! I saw folks all around us eating small plate dishes. Nothing looked appealing. It appeared that the small plates were really small; tiny portions. Folks at next table ordered, among other things, the Scampi. There were 4 shrimp, some chili sauce and it was $18.00. Our scrumptious burgers, with fries, were the same price. Sorry to say that Rustic Canyon is now disappointing. Will not return any time soon, although I will continue to go to Milo and Olive, Huckleberry and Sweet Rose Creamery.

            1. re: maudies5

              The burger you had was "scrumptious" but Rustic Canyon "is now disappointing" and you don't plan on returning. Am I missing something? Why wouldn't you go back again at some future point for the burger?

              1. re: maudies5

                So your meal was great but you thought someone else's meal, which you didn't taste, was disappointing and thus are not going back?

                1. re: JudiAU

                  I was surrounded by diners eating small portions on small plates. Of the dozen or more times I have dined at RC the challenge was not ordering too much as everything looked great.Had I not known about the off menu burger, we would have just had cocktails and left.Jeremy fox' menu is a huge disappointment. Yes my burger was scrumptious so were the many creative vegetables and other dishes created by Funke all of which are gone...too bad about the cauliflower and the stuffed squash blossoms, duck confit, Berkshire pork .and that fabulous roast chicken. I didn't go there to eat a burger.

              2. re: yogachik

                I got that dish with low expectations, especially after the double shucked pea with white chocolate dish that I truly hated.

                I have to say, it totally worked. the strawberry was barely there. It worked in a similar way that a sweet tomato would, but just a little different. All that is to say, don't necessarily be put off by a weird ingredient choice. More often than not, they are making it work well at Rustic Canyon.

          2. Rustic Canyon is currently my favorite & go-to restaurant. I think the menu really shines in the veggie department. Things are on and off the menu, but if they're available, I would recommend the double-shucked peas, whatever veggie soup they have, the clam & mussel pozole, sugar snap peas, and the pork terrine. If I had to pick one to recommend, I think most people enjoy the pozole.

            1. I'm torn re: the new Rustic Canyon. I live in the the 'hood so it has been on our regular rotation for many years. My wife and I would often pop in for a light dinner and a glass of wine in the bar area as well as doing a more formal dinner with friends on occasion. Rustic Canyon never disappointed. In particular, I loved the pastas that Evan Funke put out. It was just like the most comfortable pair of jeans that I owned. Broken in, fit perfectly, can be dressed down with a tee-shirt or dressed up with a collared shirt and sport coat.

              The new Rustic Canyon is totally different. The flavors and approaches are totally different. Flavor combinations aren't as comfortable as they once were. Now there is something there that is though-provoking and new in each dish. I really enjoyed my meal (and cocktails, which are fairly new, too), but it didn't have that same feel. I left a bit disappointed after that first visit.

              But if you were a frequent visitor of the old RC, give the new RC a chance. We did, and we're now loving it.

              In particular, as mentioned before, the vegetables are awesome. Loved the slow-cooked greens. We also really enjoyed the clam and mussel pozole and the grilled country toast with gruyere. We had a wildly bad miss with the double shucked peas (great idea), mint, white chocolate (terrible idea) combination, but that's just how this new, more innovative, menu is going to be. A miss here and there, but overall the new menu is pretty great and filled with positive surprises.

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              1. re: cacio e pepe

                Thanks for the reply. Based on your post I am willing to give it another try.

                1. re: maudies5

                  I hope you do. I still miss the comfort of the menu rotation, but there is some really special stuff happening on the new menu that has me quite happy.

                  1. re: cacio e pepe

                    Thanks again. I really appreciated your courteous reply.

                    1. re: maudies5

                      So . . . I've been back a number of times and I've got to say that Jeremy Fox has this place reaching new heights.

                      Rustic Canyon may be serving up the best Southern food in LA right now. Okay, okay, let me qualify that. Rustic Canyon is not now a Southern restaurant, nor is it offering classics like shrimp and grits, gumbo, etc.,. But there is very much a Southern bend to the food that reminds me of dishes that I've had in New Orleans. Several of these dishes would not look out of place in NO favorites like Herbsaint, Coquette, and August.

                      Of particular note was the soft shell crab and the ricooto gnocchi in a ham broth with lima beans. Just so good.

                    2. re: cacio e pepe

                      I have yet to try Rustic Canyon under Jeremy Fox. However, given his pedigree and success with Ubuntu, I'm not surprised to hear good things are happening.

                2. no question - the clam and mussel pozole. OUT OF THIS WORLD!