Lunch at the Hart and the HunterThe Hart and the Hunter is tucked away in a small hotel on melrose. Upon walking in, I wasn’t sure if I was in a hotel lobby, a coffee shop or somewhere in between. To order your food, you go up to the counter and once you’ve paid, they serve you at the tables in the main room or outside. I would say the Hart and the Hunter definitely have a “hipster” cool and relaxes vibe to it but they do not mess around when it comes to their food. Offering up southern-style cooking and fresh baked goods, you can’t go wrong with any of the possible selections. We decided to go for the pickles, the crackling chicken sandwich and the shrimp & grits!
The Ultimate DIY breakfast sandwich
-Everything Bagel Thin
-Leftover meat. I went with some leftover steak
Easy, fast and delicious
Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach.
Fishing with Dynamite is MB Post’s new seafood restaurant in Manhattan Beach. MB Post is known for its great food, so I expected nothing less from Fishing with Dynamite. I went on a Thursday night and was actually able to get a table within 15 minutes of walking in. The seafood was very fresh and super high quality. This is probably the best seafood I’ve had in the South Bay in a long while. My favorite seafood place in the South Bay used to be FishBar but I think we have a new winner. Fishing with Dynamite has an amazing raw bar, not just your typical oysters and shrimp but also sea urchin and scallops. I recommend just about everything that we tried. We also had the clam chowder which was excellent. It was not your typical clam chowder, filled with potatoes and too thick to sip, but a perfect balance of seafood, potatoes, herbs and spices. The sea urchin was served with toasted bread and orange, which I had never experienced before. The orange was the perfect balance for the sea urchin and it might be a new favorite of mine. The oysters were amazing, as expected but I think my new favorite raw bar item would have to be the raw scallops. We also had the confit pork belly, which was a delightful surprise. We ordered the squash rolls so we actually combined them with the pork belly to make little pork belly sandwiches. Check out all of the items we had below!
From Raw Bar:
From Old School (More traditional East Coast menu items):
New England Clam Chowdah’ neuske’s bacon, weiser farm potatoes, house made oyster crackers
Chef David’s Mom’s Cape Cod Squash Rolls with rosemary butter
From New School (More modern, fusion-type items):
Grilled Octopus cranberry beans, date-tomato ragu, preserved lemon, kalamata olive tapenade
Hamachi ponzu, avocado, red radish, serrano, shiso
Confit Pork Belly roasted shishito peppers, grated daikon, lime soy gastrique
Have you tried a Moscow Mule? It’s definitely my favorite drink of the summer. It’s super simple but very refreshing and satisfying. A Moscow mule consists of vodka, ginger beer and lime juice all served in a tin mug. I went to a restaurant the other week where they said they could make me a Moscow mule but that they were out of the tin cups. Apparently, people have been stealing these cups…understandably given their awesome visual appeal. If you haven’t tried a Moscow Mule yet, the time has come. Enjoy!
This wins my vote for the most fun food! Andre Bienvenu of Joe’s Stone Crab utilized pipettes for a more interactive dining experience. The spoon on the left is a play on clam chowder. You first ate what was on the spoon, followed by squirting the pipette into your mouth for the perfect balance of clam chowder flavors. The plate on the right is their tale on fish and chips. The fish was very fresh and laid upon a bed of crispy chips. In the pipette was a refined malt vinegar which you were to squeeze over the fish. See, food can be fun!