Earl’s Gourmet Grub, Mar Vista

David: Riding bikes to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market is a pretty regular activity for a westside Sunday. Like most farmer’s markets, there are a ton of on-site eating options, including the amazing Larry’s Tacos, but I just wasn’t in the mood for the paper plate fare. I suggested we check out a new spot…

Crossroads, West Hollywood

Jen: Vegan, farm-to-table, “plant-based” fine dining amidst luxe Melrose Avenue shopping is certainly fodder for “Portlandia” sketches and I-hate-LA rants, but if you actually take the time (and money $$$$) to make a reservation and sit down for dinner at Crossroads, you will find inventive small plates in an upscale but comfortable setting. Most of the…

Nate n’ Al, Beverly Hills

David: As our blog namesake suggests, I’m the corned beef of this operation. Unfortunately, I have yet to find anything here in LA that compares to the deli fare (what we call simply, “deli”) I grew up on in Detroit. It makes me sad. Last weekend, we ended up at Nate ‘n Al, a Los…

Cooks County, West Hollywood

Jen: I started going to Cooks County last year, when I was working at an art gallery a couple blocks down the street. It’s on the awkward stretch of Beverly Boulevard across from the awful 24-hour Swingers diner, and light on foot traffic. Every time I went—twice for brunch, and once each for lunch and dinner, it was…