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Guerrilla Tacos

Wes Avila's Guerrilla Tacos
I’ve known Chef Wes Avila for a few years, but had YET to try his award-winning Guerrilla Tacos.

Wes Avila's Guerrilla Tacos
What a wonderful surprise to see the Guerrilla Tacos truck set up for Ruth Reichl’s recent book party!

Salmon Crudo w Avocado & Grapefruit, Wes Avila's Guerrilla Tacos
Salmon Crudo Taco with Avocado & Grapefruit.

Lamb Shank Taco, Guerrilla Tacos
Lamb Shank Taco.

Pork Shoulder Taco, Wes Avila's Guerrilla Tacos
Pork Shoulder Taco.

Wes Avila's Guerrilla Tacos
My favorite (meatless even!) was the Sweet Potato with Oaxacan Cheese Taco. Wes makes it with Japanese sweet potatoes, plugra butter, thyme salt and pepper, white wine braised leeks, don Francisco Oaxacan cheese plus crushed corn nuts, scallions and almond chile. WOW. 

Read Jonathan Gold’s review here

Ruth Reichl on Guerrilla Tacos

Taco Of The Year

Guerrilla Tacos
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Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe

Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe (in downtown L.A.) is a temporary, pop-up restaurant by Chef Gary Menes. Peter and I have been HUGE fans of Gary’s ever since he cooked at Marche’, which was our favorite neighborhood spot before it shuttered last year.

I was actually kind of broken-hearted when the Sherman Oaks restaurant closed. Marche’ was our local jewel, our special night out with friends, our proof that the valley had destination dining too.

Chef Menes’ impressive resume includes (to name a few) working in the kitchens of Patina, Palate Food and Wine, and Thomas Keller’s French Laundry. If you haven’t been lucky enough to taste his food yet, email for a coveted counter seat at Le Comptoir before the pop-up ends. Gary’s not only a super-talented chef, but one of the most genuine and kindest as well.

Our beautiful evening at Le Comptoir:

Beet Amuse at Le Comptoir
Amuse: (Chef Gary Menes said this dish was inspired by Chef Alain Passard) Pressure cooked beets from Kelli Johnson’s urban farm in long beach, lime pudding, homemade cheese with raw milk, little celery.

San Marzano Tomato Veloute at Le Comptoir
San Marzano Tomato Veloute, Yogurt, Celery

Sunny Side Egg at Le Comptoir
Sunny Side-Up Egg, Young Lettuce Herbs, Sorrel Jus. We mixed the ingredients ourselves, starting with melting butter in the sizzling pan. I love playing with my food!

Blue Hubbard Squash at Le Comptoir
Blue Hubbard Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Dried Cherry Marmalade, Smoked Scallions, Santa Barbara Chanterelles, Spanish Padron Peppers.

NY Strip & Short Ribs at Le Comptoir
Grass Fed New York Strip, 72-Hour Braised Short Ribs, Hearts of Romaine, Carrots, Forbidden Rice, Currant Relish

Sourdough Donut Holes at Le Comptoir
Sourdough donut holes, cinnamon suger, nutella, candied walnuts

Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe by Chef Gary Menes
Sous Wesley Avila, Beautiful eggs from Kelly Johnson’s farm in Long Beach.

Chef Gary Menes
Dining at the counter, means the BEST SEATS in the house! I could have sat there all evening watching Chef Menes plating dishes. Note: “Le Comptoir” means the counter.

Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe by Chef Gary Menes
Brenden Day, commis

Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe by Chef Gary Menes
The culinary team (from left to right)
Wesley Avila, sous chef
Gary Menes, chef
Joachim Cooder, commis
Brenden Day, commis

Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe by Chef Gary Menes
Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe

All photos from Le Comptoir

All my photos of Chef Gary Menes’ food!

Jonathan Gold Reviews Le Comptoir

Also on Jonathan Gold’s 99 MUST list!

Le Comptoir at Tiara Cafe
127 East 9th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Website 
Thu – Sat: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Reserve Here of via email LeComptoirLA@gmail.com

$46 for 5 Courses
$24 for Wine Pairing

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Dining date: 11/12/11

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