#CarnivorrGoesForGold: Week Fifteen

The #CarnivorrGoesForGold challenge continues with a recap of my visits to Marouch, La Casita Mexicana, 71 Above, Rustic Canyon, Union, and Cut. Stay tuned as I eat at all of Jonathan Gold's Best 101 LA restaurants in 101 days!

94. Marouch (#100 on the #JGOLD101)

Marouch is a hole-in-the-wall Armenian-Lebanese spot in Hollywood. I thought the food was really tasty, but also kind of pricy.

What I ate: Mediterranean sampler of mezze with humus, tabbouleh, fried kebbeh, labneh, fatteyeh, sausage; beef yogurt kebab with little onion quesadillas; baklava.

Watch my full review of Marouch here!

95. La Casita Mexicana (#62 on the #JGOLD101)

I honestly was very disappointed by La Casita Mexicana - it probably was my least favorite on the list, but only because I’ve had way better Mexican food in California!

What I ate: chilaquiles (J Gold claims some of the best in LA, but I was underwhelmed); enchilada tres moles (my fave from the meal); cochinita pibil - pork shoulder.

Watch my full review of La Casita Mexicana here!

96. 71 Above (#79 on the #JGOLD101)

Usually restaurants with a view don’t need to have great view. Thanks to Chef Vartan Abgaryan, 71 Above is the exception. The restaurant is located, you guessed it, on the 71st floor of the tallest building in LA. They only have prix fixe menus, but lunch at $35 is a steal (and dinner for $75 is a pretty great deal also).

What I ate: roasted carrots with burrata, coriander, salsa verde; octopus with potato, whole grain mustard, pickled onion grape, caper berry; diver scallop with squash risotto, sage, parmesan, brown butter; flat iron steak with potato puree, charred broccolini, shishito chimichurri, yuzu kosho; meringue in granola.

Watch my full review of 71 Above here!

97. Rustic Canyon (#12 on the #JGOLD101)

Chef Jeremy Fox’s hyper-seasonal, farmer’s market-driven restaurant Rustic Canyon epitomizes Californian cuisine. Gorgeous Santa Monica spot, and my wonderfully talented friend Rose Lawrence is the queen of pastry at this fine establishment.

What I ate: chicken liver mousse with pepper jam & collard green kimchi (most I’ve ever liked liver); persimmon salad with radicchio, endive, & sun choke; squash seed spaetzle - squash, brown butter, sage; organic chicken in a bean stew with escarole, chile & rosemary; pavlova with quince, fennel cream, and pecan; chocolate layer cake with toasted oat crumble.

Watch my full review of Rustic Canyon here!

98. Union (#96 on the #JGOLD101)

I have a new favorite restaurant in Pasadena: Chef Bruce Kalman’s Union!

What I ate: bread & pickles, house made cultured butter; pork meatballs - san marzano tomatoes, caper berries, chile; bucatini cacio e pepe; potato leek agnolotti - walnut pesto, brown butter, grana padano; heirloom grain risotto - sun choke, goat cheese fennel, egg; olive oil cake - citrus gastrique, creme anglaise; chocolate budino - cocoa nib, truffle salt, olive oil.

Watch my full review of Union here!

99. Cut (#16 on the #JGOLD101)

I went with my grandma and grandpa to CUT, Wolfgang Puck’s classic steakhouse in Beverly Hills. I expected a great meal, but I didn’t expect to eat the absolute BEST STEAK OF MY LIFE!

What I ate: shrimp cocktail; brussel sprouts with sesame yuzu aioli, glazed shallots; mac and cheese with quebec cheddar; Tasting of NY Sirloin: 4 oz prime dry-aged, 4 oz american wagyu from snake river farms, 2 oz japanese wagyu beef from Hokkaido prefecture; baked Alaska.

Watch my full review of Cut here!

...99 DOWN, 2 TO GO!

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