#CarnivorrGoesForGold: Week Seven

The #CarnivorrGoesForGold challenge continues with a recap of my visits to Rossoblu, Grand Central Market, Soban, Pizzana, Adana, Manuela, and Alimento. Stay tuned as I eat at all of Jonathan Gold's Best 101 LA restaurants in 101 days!

39. Rossoblu (#10 on the #JGOLD101)

Rossoblu, an Italian newcomer from Chef Steve Samson landed in the Arts District this year and became an instant LA classic. I got to meet Chef Steve at the Taste Talks LA event, where he did a demo cooking his famous parmesan dumplings! These heavenly, cheese-filled pockets of pasta only made me more excited to check out his new restaurant.

What I ate: Golden Dreams (a cocktail that tastes like a rootbeer float, creamy with bourbon, prosecco, & soda), spinach erbazzone tartlet, the famous tagliatelle with Nonna’s ragu bolognese (Chef Steve said she cooks it better than him!), their house sausage (omg) with pork chop, and a fig blondie

Watch my full review of Rossoblu here!

40. Grand Central Market (#80 on the #JGOLD101)

Grand Central Market is the foodie hub of Downtown LA. The market has been around for 100 years, but only recently has it transformed from produce purveyors to trendy food stalls.

What I ate: Eggslut (get the Fairfax!!), Belcampo Meat Co. (great burger), G & B Coffee, McConnell’s Ice Cream (marionberry is my fave!)

Watch my full review of Grand Central Market here!

41. Soban (#35 on the #JGOLD101)

Ventured to Ktown with my friend Zoe for my first time trying Korean food! Soban is the highest ranked Korean spot on Jonathan's list, so I think I started off at a pretty great spot.

What I ate: banchan, ganjang gaejang (raw crab marinated in soy sauce)

Watch my full review of Soban here!

42. Pizzana (#36 on the #JGOLD101)

Not only is Pizzana home to my favorite pizza in LA, but it's also one of my favorite LA restaurants, period. My friend Logan and I ventured to Brentwood, where we met Chef Daniele Uditi (formerly of Antica Pizzeria in Naples, so he knows his stuff). Be sure to save room for something sweet - Sprinkles founder and pastry chef Candace Nelson did all the desserts!

What I ate: artichoke heart + fried artichoke, burrata from Italy, meatballs, lamb chops, cacio e pepe pizza (my favorite!), Neo-Neopolitan pizza (with basil dust), apple upside down cake, and salted caramel panna cotta (OMG so addicting)

Watch my full review of Pizzana here!

43. Adana (#73 on the #JGOLD101)

It's worth a trip to Glendale for a Middle Eastern feast at Adana

What I ate: grape leaves filled with rice dipped in yogurt, hummus / pita/ fresh salad, the best chicken kebab of my life with saffron rice and cherries

Watch my full review of Adana here!

44. Manuela (#22 on the #JGOLD101)

Let your palate take a trip down South (or rather, to Manuela in the Arts District) where you can feast on Chef Wes' Southern fare in the gorgeous indoor/outdoor restaurant space in the Hauser and Wirth galleries. They even have a public garden!

What I ate: the redneck platter (deviled eggs, charcuterie, biscuits, pickled veggies, pimento dip), cardamom lemon cinnamon roll (OMG!), cornmeal pancakes with maple and molasses butter (OMG!), the BLT, chilaquiles, cauliflower, and ceviche

Watch my full review of Manuela here!

45. Alimento (#25 on the #JGOLD101)

Chef Zach Pollack’s pasta haven, Alimento, is the Italian restaurant you wish you had in your neighborhood. (Silver Lake is so lucky!) The restaurant is wonderfully intimate, and the food is just as heartwarming.

What I ate: chicken liver crostone with plum jam, ricotta dumpling with lamb asparagus and brown butter, tortellini en brodo, radiatori (with braised pork, kale, fennel), buttermilk panna cotta with strawberry & semolina crumble)

Watch my full review of Alimento here!

...45 DOWN, 56 TO GO!

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