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L.A. Street Food (aka Ludo) Fest

Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s fried chicken is simply the best. I first fell in love with it during LudoBites at RoyalT Cafe in December, and was thrilled (like many) that Ludo was bringing it back… in a FOOD TRUCK! This special event was for one day only, at the first ever L.A. Street Food Festival.

L.A. Street Food Fest 2010Peter and I, along with our friend Hanh, showed up almost an hour early and got in line. Happily, we were in direct view of Ludo’s spanking new “Mobi Munch” food truck.

There, we met up with my sister Janet, foodie friends, and lots of other Ludo Lovers. It was an unofficial LUDO FRIED CHICKEN (LFC) munch fest in downtown L.A.!

The event entry fee was only $5, and vendors were selling food at $1 to $5 for each dish. Two pieces of Ludo’s giant deep-fried, rosemary-crusted chicken balls for only five bucks! I was in full “happy dance” mode for the rest of the day.

L.A. Street Food Fest 2010Although the lines for ALL food trucks were long, the Ludo Fried Chicken queue seemed like it went on forever (some people waited HOURS). I’m just so grateful we went early, and was sad to learn that thousands of folks were turned away because of over capacity. Honestly, I DREAM about LFC. It’s THAT good.

After camping at Ludo’s truck for the first hour, I only managed to try two other vendor’s treats. It’s quite obvious that the event was a huge success, but I kept wondering if the entry price was just too low. Maybe next year (hopefully there WILL BE a next year) the entry fee should be increased to $10 or $15 per person? As my sister Janet noted, “it should be about the same price as a movie ticket.”

In any case, I’ll definitely be back… hopefully Ludo (and his chicken) will be there too!

L.A. Street Food Fest 2010

Click here to view all my photos from the Street Food Fest

Jonathan Gold’s Review

More about Ludo Lefebvre and LudoBites

About Ludo & Mobi Munch by FoodGPS

LA Street Food Fest

LudoBites at RoyalT Cafe

Mobi Munch website

Hanh’s website

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Eva – Sunday Family Dinner

Last weekend, Peter and I spent another lovely evening at Mark Gold’s Eva Restaurant. The “Sunday Family Dinner” menu was sort of the opposite of the regular menu. Instead of the individual modern dishes (and beautiful, precise plating), the Sunday meal was delivered on shared plates and platters, also known as “family style”.

Eva's "Sunday Family Dinner", MyLastBite.comAfter settling in our table and ordering cocktails, our server set down a crispy pile of mouth-watering fried chicken, heirloom tomatoes, cream corn (so amazing that I had another bowl for dessert), and lots of other tasty surprises too! Including the fact that the $35 per person cost included wine.

If you haven’t been to Eva yet, I recommend you try both the regular menu and the “Sunday Family Dinner”. Both meals were set in a casual and fun atmosphere, but were just completely different (and delicious) dining experiences. 

Joining us for dinner were fellow food blogger/twitter pals, Sam from LAist.com (@SamKimSamkim) and @GourmetPigs, and just like my first visit to Eva, Chef Gold was greeting guests on the front porch when we arrived. The only difference was that this time he had his adorable daughter Eva (the restaurant’s namesake) in his arms. Also, sitting on the porch was Mark’s wonderful mom, who was as warm and inviting as her son (she raised him right!). And just inside the door his wife and family were seated around a table, laughing, eating and enjoying the evening together.

It really was a “Sunday Family Dinner” at Eva! 

Eva's "Sunday Family Dinner", MyLastBite.com
Salad: Heirloom Tomato, Crushed Basil

Eva's "Sunday Family Dinner", MyLastBite.com
CRISPY, Succulent Fried Chicken

Eva's "Sunday Family Dinner", MyLastBite.com
Creamed Corn

Eva's "Sunday Family Dinner", MyLastBite.com
Risotto Shrimp Scampi

Eva's "Sunday Family Dinner", MyLastBite.com
Cuttlefish with Matsutake Mushrooms & Kyoho Grapes

Eva's "Sunday Family Dinner", MyLastBite.com
Cupcakes

Eva's "Sunday Family Dinner", MyLastBite.com
Chef Mark Gold holding an almost 20 pound Moroccan Squash

“Sunday Family Dinner” $35 per person (includes wine & dessert!). $20 for kids.
Note: Menu Changes Weekly 

EVA
7458 Beverly Blvd
L.A. California 90036
(323) 634-0700

Dining Date: 9/27/09

Our first dinner at Eva

All About Eva by Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly

Follow Eva Restaurant on Twitter

Website (under construction)

@SamKimSamkim  LAist

@GourmetPigs

All my Eva photos on Flickr

Eva Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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