It’s been more than a year since talk began surrounding Chef Michael Cimarusti (of Providence Restaurant) opening a New England clam shack in LA. Named after his maternal grandparents, Connie and Ted, Chimarusti takes us to the East Coast where he grew up, offering a menu of simple, delicious, familiar seafood dishes.
The restaurant is located where the old Silver Spoon used to be in West Hollywood. As you approach the 140-seat restaurant, the large patio, open floorplan and exposed kitchen are bright and inviting.
Restaurateur David Reiss (Littlefork, Sunny Spot, A-Frame) has opened another hot-spot....a New England seafood shack in Venice Beach....Salt Air. Located on Abbot Kinney, Salt Air is a bright, open beach-y bistro with white brick walls and a glass-enclosed open kitchen.
On the cocktail side, Brian Butler(A-Frame, Sunny Spot) has created a wine and beer based cocktail list. I selected the High Ball made with cardamaro, lime, house ginger beer and forbidden bitters which was spicy and refreshing.
Another birthday in the family had me looking for a new restaurant to try and Littlefork was at the top of my list. Littlefork is the new restaurant in Hollywood from Jason Travi (formerly of Fraîche and Mesa) and David Reiss (owner of A-frame, Sunny Spot, the Alibi Room and the Brig). The menu is influenced by Travi's New England roots but also by the southern reaches of Canada, as reflected by the prevalence of smoked meats and poutine on the menu.
We started with a few selections from Bar Manager Dino Balocchi's cocktail menu. Dino comes from the Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle whiskey bar and gastropub in Chicago and has created a menu of bitters-intensive variations on sours, daisies and Manhattans.
Thai Town Mule (gin, lime, thai basil, peppercorn, house ginger beer) - a refreshing drink to start with but the peppercorn adds a little kick
Kentucky Daisy (rye, cynar, rosemary, mint, lemon, barrel aged bitters) - if you like the bittnerness of cynar, this herbacious cocktail is a good choice
Georgetown Swizzle (darm rum, jamaican rum, EXR, lime, demerara, mint) - sweet/spicy/bitter flavors coupled with the strength of the rum and the mint adds a lightness