Recently, my husband and I had dinner with friends at Firefly restaurant, which is just up the street from our house. We used to go at least once a week, but then just sort of forgot about it for awhile. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful, romantic spot if you’re looking for a Valentine’s evening out. Ask for one of the tables in the alcoves, so you get a little privacy.
I used to always order their KILLER off-the-menu burger that’s topped with bacon and gorgonzola cheese. It comes with a side of the crispiest, thin-cut fries (just the way I like them). We would sometimes just sit at the bar to grab a quick bite after work and people-watch. This time I decided to try something new and and I’m happy to say it was all delicious. We will for sure be spending a lot more time with our old friend Firefly!
Heirloom Apple Salad with five year old farmer’s gouda, baby celery, marcona almonds, cider vinaigrette
Hamachi Sashimi on Crispy Rice Cakes
Grass-Fed “Terrorized” Rib Eye with warm spinach salad, toasted cashew, shallots, bacon, 25 year balsamic
11720 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
818 762-1833 No Website but more info here
Dining Date: 1/18/09
BLT – Bistro Laurent Tourondel
Dinner at BLT with good friends Marty and Kathy. I had read about the “amazing” popovers, but thought “seriously… how good can they be”. UM.. pretty damn good! They were crispy on top, pulled apart easily, steamy and airy inside and came with a small recipe card.
It turned out that Marty was a regular at BLT, so the sommelier spent extra time with us making sure we (especially Marty) were well cared for throughout the evening. Before dinner, Peter and I had a drink in the bar and nibbled on the nondescript looking popcorn on the counter. It was fantastic…. tart, salty and spicy.
My two favorite dishes were the appetizer of Artisanal Slab Bacon (of course) and the Onion Rings. The steak was fantastic, perfectly fine… but I’ve had plenty of fantastic steak in Los Angeles (my favorite steak is at Mastro’s served up with lobster mashed potatoes). But still, I did enjoy the steak here and totally recommend the slab bacon, onion rings, and the addictive popcorn at the bar!
Amazing Slab Bacon as an appetizer!
Super crispy and light onion rings.
Cinnamon Doughnuts, Blueberry Compote and Lemon Verbena Ice Cream
I love that the Popovers come with the recipe attached!
8720 W Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 360-1950
Dining Date 6/28/08