We were invited to check out the newly opened Barrel Down in Downtown LA, right across the street from Bottega Louie on 7th Street.
This is a Beer Hall, so Abe ordered one from their 40 taps.
We ordered all vegetarian, but the menu is full of delicious-sounding meat dishes like Buttermilk Fried Chicken and a dry-aged Sirloin Burger.
I was blown away by what Chef Derrick de Jesus did to simple vegetables.
Heirloom carrots glazed in honey chili, served on top of whipped yogurt…
…and Cauliflower Popcorn – fried/dipped into Ginger Aioli and Chili Lime Vinaigrette.
The Pear + Endive Salad is vegan and super fresh…
…and the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich is actually 1.5 servings!
Roasted Eggplant, Ricotta, Smashed White Beans. Perfectly toasted Multigrain Bread.
Dessert was a warm Bourbon Bread Pudding with chocolate, banana, brown sugar pecans…
…I don’t drink alcohol, but of course I devoured this.
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Don’t know what to make for the 4th of July? Here’s a super simple, crowd-pleasing menu.
- Fruit Flag – Just grab some fresh bananas, strawberries, blueberries and some skewers. DONE.
- Blueberry Quinoa Salad – I’m gonna drop a name and admit that Mark Bittman ate this at the last Sedar I attended. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for your guests.
- Veggie Burger Sliders – Leslie’s Vegan recipe, a hit with even the meat eaters. But if you do want to serve beef, you can watch my video on how to grill a good one.
- Strawberry Icebox Cake – I probably include this no-bake dessert in every single roundup I do, but for good reason! It’s bonkers amazing and stupid easy!
If you don’t feel like cooking, Terrine is doing an all-day BBQ, and The Village Bakery and Cafe has all kinds of red/white/blue treats.
Hope you have a Happy Weekend!