#CARNIVORRGOESFORGOLD: WEEK TWO

The #CarnivorrGoesForGold challenge continues with a recap of my visits to Salazar, Sqirl, Mayura, Alma, Salt's Cure, and Lukshon. Stay tuned as I eat at all of Jonathan Gold's Best 101 LA restaurants in 101 days!

8. Salazar (#46 on the #JGOLD101)

I’d had Salazar’s tacos at an event earlier this summer, but I knew I needed to go in to the restaurant to get the full experience. So glad I did - what a cute space!

What I ordered: the aguachiles (basically a shrimp tostada) and the best carne aside taco I’ve had yet.

Watch my full review of Salazar here!

9. Sqirl (#47 on the #JGOLD101)

Sqirl is one of my favorite breakfast spots in LA. I’ve been a bunch of times before, and this time went for a special event with Kellogg’s cereal. Chef Jessica Koslow took her signature items + played around with different cereals for a fun event with all proceeds donated to the hurricane relief.

What I ordered: the ricotta toast, the french toast, and the sorrel pesto rice bowl.

Watch my full review of Sqirl here!

10. Mayura (#98 on the #JGOLD101)

Mayura Indian Restaurant has been on Jonathan’s list every single year. With good reason. It’s the best Indian food I’ve had. I had a blast going in the kitchen and watching them make dosas and their incredible garlic naan bread.

What I ordered: the BUTTER CHICKEN. ALL CAPS GOOD. (SO GOOD.) We also tried (and really enjoyed) a couple types of dosas, salmon curry, and a mushroom dish.

Watch my full review of Mayura here!

11. Alma (#45 on the #JGOLD101)

Chef Ari Taymor’s restaurant Alma gives a new meaning to soul food. My sister and I enjoyed some of the best brunch food we’ve had in LA at this adorable spot at The Standard Hotel.

What I ordered: rhubarb tea, a caramel apple donut, a GIANT CINNAMON ROLL, the buckwheat pancake (super hearty), and the eggplant hash (savory brunch perfection).

Watch my full review of Alma here!

12. Salt’s Cure (#44 on the #JGOLD101)

Met my friend Warren at Salt’s Cure for THE best pork chop I’ve ever had in my life. Also, some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had as well. 

What I ordered: the pretzel roll + whipped lardo (off to a great start!), pancakes (soft in the middle with crispy edges and molasses butter!!), the famous pork chop with brown butter + applesauce, and the grapefruit pie, which was good, but less tart than I wanted, more sweet and citrusy.

Watch my full review of Salt's Cure here!

13. Lukshon (#4 on the #JGOLD101)

My friend Layla and I went to dinner at Lukshon, which has been in J Gold’s top 5 for a few years. Chef Sang Yoon is incredibly talented - each dish incredibly cohesive and bursting with flavor. One of my favorite dinners so far!

What I ordered: the Hawaiian butterfish, the lobster roll (a favorite!), the Sichuan dumplings, the eggplant (so good), and the heirloom black rice with an egg, which reminded me of an Asian paella.

Watch my full review of Lukshon here!

...13 down, 88 to go!

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