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Swingers Coffee Shop

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Since I’m always trying new restaurants for the blog, I’m not really a regular anywhere anymore (other than ice cream places).   When we first moved to Los Angeles, we ate at Swingers a lot.  I remember it being a fun, casual place with good vegetarian options…


…not to be confused with the 101 Coffee Shop, from the MOVIE Swingers (which I’ve actually never been to).


I got a Vegan Cobb – sautéed tofu, soy cheese, avocado, tomatoes, crispy onions, and carrots with tahini-dill dressing on the side…


…Abe had the Veggie Joe – soyrizo, veggie chili, and cheddar cheese.  (You can get these vegan-ized, too.)


Both were solid dishes – and the ambiance was low-key (which I love).  Why did it take us so long to come back?  It’s so money, baby!

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MessHall Fall

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I spent Tuesday afternoon at one of my favorite restaurants, treated to a peek at their new fall menu!


This is MessHall Kitchen’s Smoked Corn Fritters with Pumpkin Seed Romesco…


…”The Italian Job” Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Pearlini Mozzarella, Olives, Cranberry Beans, and Radicchio…

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…and from their dinner menu – a Lamb Sausage Cassoulet…


…surrounded by ham hock, duck confit, white beans, and duck fat potatoes.


I’m not even getting to the best part – we tried a couple more dishes and I got the recipes from Chef Lauren Cartmel!  Stay tuned for future posts that will be perfect for your own fall table.

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Stout Burgers

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I’ve learned something in the last few years.  I love salads.  I love burgers.  I do not love burgers on salads.


This is a beef patty with Roasted Tomato from Stout Burgers in Hollywood.  On its own, great.  Juicy.  Tender.  But the greens underneath were drenched in an overly-acidic dressing which negated that enjoyment.

The cheesy fries, however, I can get behind.



I’m not really sure a bun would’ve salvaged the experience; when I took a bite from Abe’s veggie burger, the bread was a bit too stiff.  I will say, though, that our waitress was really cool.  And it was a good place to watch The Dodger’s game – the main reason we went.

A podcast I really enjoy listening to is Down and Dirty Kitchen.  In every episode, they ask their guest what their favorite burger (on that day) would be.  Quite often, Stout comes up.  I don’t know if I came on an off day, but I do know I’m not a fan of their salad burgers – both in the name (“Skinny Style?!?” Boo!) and the flavor.

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