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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…

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

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

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

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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!

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

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…”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…

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

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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.

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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.

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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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