The Brown Derby

April 20, 2012

in recipe, restaurant, travel

Woke up yesterday in Los Angeles bright and early, hopped on a plane…

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…ate this bag of Cinnamon Cayenne Almonds (<—made me cough!) plus California citrus…

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…then made it to Orange State – but it looked like our hood back home?!?

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Katherine is one of my dearest, oldest friends (I’ve known her even longer than Abe). She and her husband Gordon are both doing us HUGE favors as Disney employees…

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…we took them our to dinner, Hollywood style!

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The Brown Derby was a landmark back in the day – close to where we live…

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…it closed in 1985, but this is a replication restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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…from the decor…

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…to certain menu items – like the original Cobb Salad!

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We began with warm rolls – I ate one, without butter (but it did look pretty fancy)

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Appetizers to share -

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Mushroom Napoleon with Blue Cheese, Dates, and Fig Reduction Sauce

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Blue Lump Crab Spring Rolls with Asian Slaw

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For my main entree, I ordered the famous salad, but with the bacon/turkey/blue cheese on the side so everyone could partake…

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…plus two different dressings (the Original has Worcestershire) in it. The green one is a yummy sweet onion.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a chopped salad so…chopped!

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(Thanks, David!)

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Once everyone had sampled a bit, I piled on the meat, cheese, and dressings.

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Also had a bite of Abe’s vegan Noodle Bowl – with Coconut Tofu and Red Curry broth…

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…plus Gordon’s Crispy Duck Magret + Duck Confit with Apple-Rosemary Stuffing

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For dessert, the Banana and White Chocolate Toffee Tower on Cocoa-Almond Cookie…

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…and another Brown Derby Original – Grapefruit Cake

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Tea time too.

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Gordon and I split this guy – my 1/2 couldn’t handle the weight of the Toffee!

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The grapefruit peel was bitter but edible…

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…the cake itself was really interesting! Not something I’d order all the time but the taste grew on me.

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Here’s the recipe…

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…I also got the Cobb one too!

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A fun night out in “Hollywood,” and a trip back in time too!

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Hollywood Brown Derby on Urbanspoon

{ 4 comments }

1 thehungryartist April 20, 2012 at 6:04 am

Food looks amaaaaazing! I’ve always wanted to go to the Brown Derby ever since I was about six or seven when I saw it in an I Love Lucy episode, but sadly, have never been.

2 jranolajoyce April 20, 2012 at 8:36 am

I’d eat that salad in a second!!
Delicious food :)

3 stephsnacks April 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Ooh looks like so much fun!

4 Lindsay April 23, 2012 at 5:31 am

Love the Brown Derby at Disney! My husband I went there to eat on our honeymoon!

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