What happens when two foodies get together for dinner? Great food is the answer. And that was the case Saturday night when I had the pleasure of dining with the owner of The Triple Dipper , a site dedicated to dips. From her suggestion, the choices in front of me included The Village, Black Market Liquor Bar, which you can read my review here, (weekendfoodie.com/black-market-liquor-bar-studio-city-ca/), and the Laurel Tavern, which I had been to, but pretty loud to carry on a conversation.
I love gastropubs, they always have good food, wine, and great atmosphere. They are my preferred dining experience. Our evening started off with wine, a sauvingon blanc for her and a High Note Malbec for me, a cheese plate, which included triple creme, an olive tapenade, mixed nuts, and crusty bread, and sharing food pictures and stories that lasted so long, we almost forgot to order actual dinner (but I couldn’t let that happen). After meeting and eating with so many people , I would suggest to anyone to start off with a cheese plate of some sort. Its light, will temporarily satisfy you until the main meal, but best of all, I have found that I talk more over a cheese plate than any other appetizer. If you are on a date, you will play the “You take the last piece” game 🙂
Since it was passover, I wanted both of us to have the full experience of sharing these small plates, so I gave her the menu and let her run with it, and her first choice was brussel sprouts. Now I have had good sprouts, and I have had bad sprouts. This dish was on the great sprout side. Perfectly roasted and topped with balsamic, I don’t know why, but it reminded me of Chinese food. Again, I don’t know why my mind went there, but it did. Random huh? But man can not live on brussel spouts alone, our other dish was the short rib over polenta, (I think she knew that it was over polenta when she ordered it, but scraped it off). The short rib was very tender and cut like butter. Im glad I saved some sprouts, because they went together nicely in one bite. And just like the rest of our dinner, we shared a simple butterscotch to end the evening.
I enjoy tapas style eating, I was hungry but not starving, so the small plates allowed me to taylor my dinner to my hunger level, unlike some other sit down places where you get a plate of food that may be too much for you to eat in once sitting. Sometimes I tend to ever eat because the food is in front of me and then I would have that over stuffed feeling all night that may overshadow the experience.
I cant help but reiterate how much I love living in this town. There are so many delicious food finds, and I would like to thank Stephanie @ The Triple Dipper for turning me on to another restaurant to my list. Also if you are a foodie, eat with another foodie because they will encourage you to take pictures of your food. 🙂
If you expect to go to The Village, be prepared to spend up to $100 for two. Our dinner consisted of 2 glasses of wine each and everything the I wrote about.