Simon and Garfunkel were right! (Even though I think that song may be about selling drugs.)
Ken, who brought The Larchmont Bungalow back into my good graces with Sunday’s brunch, is also one of the owner’s of “All About the Bread,” a place I gave a not-so-nice review to just 2 weeks ago. He offered me and Abe a free meal to give them another shot.
Obviously, from the title of this post, I was much happier this time.
Ken himself came to meet us there, and gave recommendations about what to order. He suggested a few yummy sounding options, but I went with the Honey Lime Chicken, without cheese.
For vegetarians like Abe, they just launched a new sandwich:
Ken also explained that they bake their bread fresh (in store) every day – which, of course, I’m a fan of (no preservatives).
In addition to my Chicken sandwich, he brought me out another one to try!!! I ate half of each.
Hot, juicy pastrami (flown in from the east coast – so unfortunately it’s not the most eco-friendly) with pepperoncini, mustard, and pickles. Simple, and really delicious – not greasy or overpiled with meat, but still a generous amount.
The Honey Lime Chicken was super messy, though in a good way (unlike the soggy Turkey Sandwich I got last time). Guacamole was dripping everywhere, yet the crispy/chewy bread held up the entire time. The chicken was tender but could’ve used a little more salt (I think the Pepper Jack cheese would’ve resolved that). Overall, the flavors and textures were interesting and yummy.
Sampled some of Abe’s sandwich, which was so impressive, it’s seriously being considered for the BVSLA list. Soft and creamy mozzarella, with a lot of basil and tomato action (in both fresh and preserved forms). Perfect with their bread.
The service was over-the-top friendly this time, too – Ken had to leave and the guy behind the counter took super good care of us. Not only did he rewrap our sandwich leftovers, he brought us this momma for dessert….
I meant to save some but I couldn’t – it was kinda perfection. Slightly soft, with big chocolate chunks. I ate half the cookie.
Never before have I changed my tune so quickly about a place before! My only lingering issues were with the space – even though it didn’t reek of bleach this time, it still wasn’t the most comfortable place to sit and eat. The white space feels very cold and sterile, and the fluorescent lighting doesn’t help:
Also, I didn’t get a soda because the only non-sugar option was Diet Coke and I didn’t want the caffeine. (Ken, have you thought about adding Zevia to your beverage case?!) Tried a sip of Abe’s, though – you could really taste the maple syrup in there.
I’ve learned a valuable lesson from Ken about how to take criticism constructively. Instead of getting defensive or arguing with me, he addressed the problems and gave me a chance to see a different side of his restaurants – their strengths, rather than rehashing/focusing on the weaknesses. That comes in handy when it comes to any business (ahem, acting) and also yields some useful results – I’ll definitely return to both the Bungalow and All About the Bread for more delicious food, now that I know what to order.
I just put up a page of Los Angeles Restaurant Reviews – maybe I’ll have to revisit some of those other less-than-stellar places again, too….