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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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Grain Lab

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In my experience, there’s two types of Burbanks – the retro/funky kind with restaurants like The Tallyrand and fun thrift shopping, and the massive strip malls that feel like Anytown, USA.  I visited the latter, and was surprised to find this gem amongst the giant chain stores.

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Grain Lab Deli/Kitchen has been open for 2 years – when they invited me in for lunch even Rachelle (the Queen of Ventura Boulevard eateries) had never heard of it.

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We glanced at the periodic table-inspired menu, then took a seat…

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…sipped on fresh lemonade and soda…

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…and enjoyed a few lunch options.

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In addition to The Queen, her little Princess came to help, as well as Anna.

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My favorite were the sandwiches – this was a Turkey Pretzel Sandwich, with gruyere and cheddar cheese…

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…and a Chicken Pesto with Avocado and Oven-Roasted Tomato.

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We were also impressed with the bowls – Seared Ahi Tuna with Brown Rice/Veggies…

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…and a Steak Protein Bowl mixed with grilled eggplant/zucchini/carrots/squash.

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On the side – killer sweet potato fries with avocado pesto…

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…and Beets with Yams – tossed with goat cheese, cucumber, candied walnuts, and lemon vinaigrette.

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They’ve got green salads as well – this is the Kale Citrus Salad…

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…and a Cindy’s Special – sans feta and added chicken – taken to go!

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Next time you’re doing some marathon mall shopping, stop by – it really is yummy!

Grain Lab Deli & Kitchen on Urbanspoon

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Carvery Kitchen

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“Ocean Park Boulevard” in Santa Monica = commercial auditions.  For me, there’s really no reason to hang around that street before/afterwards, but now there might be!

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Carvery Kitchen recently opened, and invited me in to try out the menu.  It kinda reminds me of Lemonade/Tender Greens

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…with my favorite soda machine!

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Roman, the owner, invited me in to try out their menu.  I brought Sam and John “for support.”

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Many, many sandwiches.  They’ve got several dip options, like the roast beef (above) and panini style too.

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This is the Puebla BBQ Brisket – everything in the world crammed inside from Balsamic Onion Jam to Pickled Jalapeño.

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Also pressed – the Chicken Caprese.

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All of their meat is slow-cooked and very flavorful – but there are plenty of vegetarian options as well.

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The L.A. Vegan Club (above) which gets its texture from falafel and potato, and the Grilled Veggie Cheesetta (below) – it includes flax seeds and a side of Tahini Basil sauce.

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You can also order vegan side dishes…

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…including brussels sprouts…

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…and roasted veggies…

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…or big entree salads – this one, obviously had meat on it.

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The Farmer’s Chop features Pastrami Bits – my kinda dish!

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Next time I find myself on Ocean Park Blvd. for a late afternoon appointment, I’ll stick around and wait out the traffic here.

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