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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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Spoonfed at Son of a Gun

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You know those little spoons that appear at the bottom of my restaurant recaps?  I’ve done that almost 600 times, which is probably why Urbanspoon asked me and a few other users to lunch at Son of the Gun.

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Already eaten here before but this time I got a chance to chat with their CEO Keela Robison, while munching on Chips with Pimento Cheese…

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…a little Poke with Crispy Sunchoke…

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…and this gorgeous salad with Tomato, Kalamata, Feta, Beets, and Purslane.

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Most of the other Urbanspoon Users opted for their famous fried chicken sandwich.

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Also on the table – a mini Shrimp Toast…

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…a small bowl of Linguini, Clams, Uni Aglio-Olio…
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…and a huge supply of Fish n Chips.

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Thanks for lunch, Urbanspoon – you can download their App online or just visit them online!

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