Neighborhood Disappointment: New Asian-themed Tiger Lily on Vermont in Los Feliz village isn't worth your time. It's a huge, empty space and the food is overpriced. When I say empty, I mean empty--we were there on a Friday night and had about 4 other people for company in the cavernous bar. Maybe a spot for a drink.
New to me: Blair's on Rowena in Silver Lake falls into the "Why have we never eaten here?" category--it's yummy. The starters and entrees were solid upscale American fare, but the best part was dessert--vanilla bean cream-filled donuts with coffee ice cream. The still warm and bursting donuts were the Platonic donut ideal, and the best restaurant dessert I've had in ages.
Hey Cupcake: For a recent office birthday celebration, I stopped at Bluebird Bakery in Culver City for cupcakes. The carrots ones were good (more like muffins really) but the vanilla ones tasted like they were made from a box mix. The frosting was not buttercream however, more of an icing, which was refreshing.
Reconsidered: I know I called Buddha's Belly forgettable in the past, but this week I had a fantastic spinach noodle ramen there--packed with fresh veggies and a flavorful miso broth.
1739 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
2903 Rowena AveLos Angeles, CA 90039
Culver City, CA 90232
7475 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036