#CarnivorrGoesForGold: Week Eight

The #CarnivorrGoesForGold challenge continues with a recap of my visits to The Bazaar, Mozzaplex, Guerilla Tacos, Colonia Publica, Drago Centro, Michael's, and Broken Spanish. Stay tuned as I eat at all of Jonathan Gold's Best 101 LA restaurants in 101 days!

46. The Bazaar by José Andrés (#42 on the #JGOLD101)

Chef José Andrés is a culinary icon, both for his fantastic food and his worldwide infuence as a humanitarian. This guy is the boss. I was so excited to finally try one of his restaurants while on this challenge! My friend Paul and I absolutely devoured his playful tasting menu at The Bazaar, a funky, Alice In Wonderland-like restaurant located in the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.

What I ate: olives, sweet chips with goat cheese, bagel lox cone, caprese, jicama wrapped guacamole, tuna ceviche avocado roll, José iberico ham taco with caviar, “tortilla” de patatas - potato foam, egg, "foieffle," chicken croqueta, wild mushroom rice, seared scallop, “philly cheesesteak,” cotton candy foie gras, coconut floating island, vanilla pillow cake, bonbons

Watch my full review of The Bazaar here!

47. Mozzaplex (#9 on the #JGOLD101)

I've been a fan of Chef Nancy Silverton ever since her La Brea Bakery days (back when I was just a kid!). The more I've learned about her over the years, the more I've respected her, and I've been dying to try her restaurants (especially since watching her episode on the Chef's Table Netflix series). I picked Pizzeria Mozza as the restaurant I wanted to try from her "Mozzaplex" of Italian restaurants for this challenge, so I met my friend Warren for their lunch special: a pizza, a glass of wine, and her famous budino (all for $30)!

What I ate: goat cheese pizza with leeks + scallions + garlic bacon, squash blossom + burrata pizza (my favorite), the butterscotch budino (!!!!lives up to the hype!!!)

Watch my full review of Mozzaplex here!

48. Guerilla Tacos (#28 on the #JGOLD101)

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Chef Wes Avila used to work with Alain Ducasse, and many famous LA chefs like Walter Manzke and Gary Menes. We're so lucky that now he's serving up some pretty fancy tacos at Guerilla Tacos, his LA-based food truck.

What I ate: fried fish taco, steak taco, roasted sweet potato taco (my fave!)

Watch my full review of Guerilla Tacos here!

49. Colonia Publica (#88 on the #JGOLD101)

It was a chilly Halloween and I was feeling a bit under the weather. The solution? Mexican noodle soup ("fideo") from Colonia Publica in Whittier. (While dressed in our Halloween costumes, of course.)

What I ate: fideo (Mexican ramen noodle soup - very comforting!), pork quesadilla

Watch my full review of Colonia Publica here!

50. Drago Centro (#76 on the #JGOLD101)

Sunday nights are pretty synonymous with two things in my household: family dinners and pasta! Naturally, we decided to check out Drago Centro in downtown LA - check and check!

What I ate: wild mushroom and pancetta/zucchini risottos (both super creamy & delish), handkerchief pasta with crab meat and pesto, garganelli with pork sausage and fennel (a fave), basil spaghetti with basil pesto (another fave)

Watch my full review of Drago Centro here!

51. Michael's (#31 on the #JGOLD101)

I headed to Michael's in Santa Monica with my friend Corey (who is the executive sous chef of Maude, another restaurant on the J. Gold 101)! We got to meet Michael himself - he and his son Chaz were both were so clearly passionate about their restaurant. They recently brought in new chef Miles Thompson (who previously worked with Jon and Vinny of Animal) and amped up the menu at this 40 year-old restaurant.

What I ate: buckwheat sourdough bread, octopus with lime curd, Japanese sweet potato (nori, hazelnut, raspberry leaf ponzu - one of my faves), white yam agnolotti (black butter, cured egg yolk), hamachi collar with baba ghanoush

Watch my full review of Michael's here!

52. Broken Spanish (#34 on the #JGOLD101)

And I thought this little California girl knew her Mexican food... wow! Chef Ray Garcia absolutely blew me away with his elevated Mexican cuisine at Broken Spanish in downtown LA. 

What I ate: the best queso fundido of my life (with bacalao in it), albondigas (aka meatballs!), chicken necks, tamales: lamb neck + corn and goat cheese + poblana + salsa water, chicharron - a pork belly steak, desserts: spanish profiterol (chocolate, fig leaf ice cream), arroz con leche (saffron rice pudding, passionfruit, coconut, pop rocks)

Watch my full review of Broken Spanish here!

...52 DOWN, 49 TO GO!

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