Chicken liver, striped bass, old friends, and apple pie.

A college friend and her girlfriend came to town and we were able to score some last minute reservations at Salt’s Cure, knocking one more off Jonathan Gold’s 99 Essential LA restaurants list.

We felt pretty hip because it was hard to find. 

Salt’s Cure is located in WeHo right on the corner of Santa Monica and Vista.  We passed it once walking down Santa Monica because the sign is tiny and way above my line of vision.  [insert short joke here]  Like many hip New American spots lately, it does all local, sustainable foods.

The menu is constantly changing, so instead of a regular menu, they have a chalkboard one and they post a picture of it on Twitter and Facebook daily.

Chalkboard menu at Salt’s Cure.

For the table, we ordered chicken liver and a bottle of a very reasonably priced red blend.  Yum.  The girls got the 1/2 chicken and duck and oatmeal pancakes.  R and I shared the whole striped bass served with brussels sprouts.  The fish was moist and delicious.  The brussels sprouts were okay, but they got soggy sitting in the sauce.  I would’ve loved to try some of meat dishes, but we just couldn’t do it after the giant carnivorous lunch we had that day (stay tuned for a post on the ridiculously drool-worthy Park’s BBQ).

The restaurant is set up like a classed-up diner with all the action happening behind the counter.  It’s cool because you get to see the cooks at work.  It’s not cool because it’s a small space and it gets HOT.  We were sweating and had to leave before dessert because it was just that hot.  I’d like to go back and check out brunch, which sounds amazing according to Yelp.  I’d also come again for dinner and try a pork dish when I haven’t just eaten my weight in Korean BBQ for lunch.

After dinner, we walked a couple blocks down to Jones Bar.  The bar area was hopping and packed with people.  We opted for a quieter end to our evening by getting a table in the cafe area.  We ordered cocktails, raspberry sorbet, and apple pie with vanilla ice cream.  My drink and the sorbet were just okay, but the apple pie was out-of-control good.  I’m not much for sweets, but I could not stop taking bites.  The pie was served in a mini cast iron skillet, so it stayed warm and gooey.  The crust was buttery and there was a layer of hardened caramelized sugar on top.  I’d like to eat this apple pie every day for the rest of my life, please.

The greatest apple pie I’ve ever tasted.  Jones Bar cocktail list.

The best part of the night was catching up with friends (although that apple pie comes in at a close second).  All of us recently moved from the East Coast to California.  R & I from DC to LA and J & N from Manhattan to San Diego.  It was really nice sharing that experience with friends who can completely relate and have their own similar stories to share.  It’s been an adjustment for all of us, but exciting nonetheless.  I’m really glad I got to see them and I’m looking forward to making a trip down to San Diego once they get settled in.

Working on it. 

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