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Commissary at the Line Hotel

restaurant - salads - sandwich - vegetarian

I make it no secret that I adore Roy Choi.  Pumped to finally check out his new restaurant, Commissary, on the 2nd floor of The Line Hotel, upstairs from Pot Cafe.

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Just like at A Frame, the plates are mismatched.  It reminded me of my own dinner parties, where we serve things out of random containers…

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…both thrilled and horrified that this $13 White Fir cocktail came in a plastic deli container.

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The Chef’s sense of humor is appreciated.

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You can’t really make requests; you have to just trust that they know what they’re doing.  Sam doesn’t like cilantro, so our server made a note of that.

It was really fun just calling out random items and seeing what arrived.

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“Carrots!”

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“Bok choy!”

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“Lettuce!”

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“Corn!”

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For those of you who saw the film Chef, you will appreciate this grilled cheese.

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Other mains included a schnitzel and scallops, a side of fries…

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…and a pretty traditional Cobb.

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Reviews for this place have been mixed – I admit that some of the dishes (like the salad, above and the dessert – Meringue with Rhubarb and Lemon Anglaise – below) were just okay.

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But the veggie dishes were truly phenomenal, as were the ambiance and service.  I loved that our waiter, Steve, brought out a packet of Coriander (Cilantro) Seeds for Sam to take home.

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The Farmer and the Cook

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The Farmer and the Cook came highly recommended by everyone who heard we were heading to Ojai.

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It’s a vegetarian restaurant (yes, owned by a farmer and a cook) with a market inside…

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…and a pizza oven on the patio.

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We wound up ordering other things, though the pies did look delicious.

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Super fresh Chilled Sun Gold Tomato Soup, with Avocado…

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…a Kale Caesar Salad with Cashew Cheese…

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…and regular cheese on a stellar Veggie Burger, made from lentils – served with Vegenaise and Banana Chutney.

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This dinner made us so freaking happy.  I’m curious about their Mexican menu – and of course, those pizzas!

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