#CarnivorrGoesForGold: Week One

The #CarnivorrGoesForGold challenge has officially begun! Week one kicks off with a recap of my visits to Jitlada, Little Sister, Petit Trois, Gjelina, Locol, Playground, and Attari Sandwich Shop. Stay tuned as I eat at all of Jonathan Gold's Best 101 LA restaurants in 101 days!

1.    Jitlada (#53 on the #JGOLD101)

First stop on the Highway #JGold101 was Jitlada, arguably LA’s best Thai restaurant. I was especially impressed with this Thai food after my recent trip to Bangkok.

What I ate: the yellow curry with chicken (super deep flavor!), the crying tiger beef (as seen on The Food Network's “Best Thing I Ever Ate”), the glass noodles with crispy pork, and mango sticky rice for dessert. I was nervous after hearing how spicy this place was but I did okay! 

Watch my full review of Jitlada here!

2.    Little Sister (#74 on the #JGOLD101)

Had to go to Little Sister with my little sister! We absolutely loved this Manhattan Beach restaurant.

What I ate: the Balinese meatballs with cilantro-mint chutney and pickled okra, the spicy lemongrass fried chicken with fried garlic & dried chilies, and some of the best noodles I’ve ever had, the pan fried e-fu noodle with confit shredded pork, long beans & tea egg.

Watch my full review of Little Sister here!

3.    Petit Trois (#50 on the #JGOLD101)

Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s classic French bistro, Petit Trois, has become a staple in the LA food scene. After one bite, I understood why.

What I ate: the French onion soup (best I’ve ever had), the escargot (garlic! butter! yum!), the French omelette (again, best I’ve ever had), and, of course, their burger, “Le Big Mec”, which many say is the best burger in LA. It’s a double patty topped with a foie gras/red wine sauce and caramelized onions, and, oh my god, it’s so good.

Watch my full review of Petit Trois here!

4.    Gjelina (#43 on the #JGOLD101)

Finally checked Gjelina off my bucket list! I’d been to the takeaway a few times but never to the restaurant because there is always such a long wait! (Shout out to Mariana for getting out of bed and putting our name in for brunch!)

What I ate: a pomodoro pizza with burrata (yum!) and lemon ricotta stuffed pancakes (double yum!).

Watch my full review of Gjelina here!

5.    Locol (#78 on the #JGOLD101)

Michelin-starred chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson are revolutionizing the fast food game! Locol is so cheap, so good, and I love how it’s working to change the community in Watts by only hiring local and offering great food and super affordable prices.

What I ate: fried chicken burger (super juicy!), and the braised beef foldie (basically a taco!) which was my fave!

Watch my full review of Locol here!

6.    Playground (#87 on the #JGOLD101)

Another “finally!” for me after hearing so many good things about Playground, one of the best restaurants in the OC. Their menu changes weekly, and it was all very tasty.

What I ate: the mole enchilada, the brussel sprouts with a Caesar sauce and cornbread crumbs, and the pork tenderloin with strawberry sauce, hatch chile grits.

Watch my full review of Playground here!

7.    Attari Sandwich Shop (#89 on the #JGOLD101)

Attari Sandwich Shop is famous for their beef tongue sandwich, so I had to get it! It was my first time eating tongue, but once I got out of my head and took a bite, I fell in love! Totally reminded me of a po' boy sandwich with the French bread, sauce, and all the fixings. 

Watch my full review of Attari Sandwich Shop here!

...7 down, 94 to go!

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