Thursday, August 25, 2005

Auntie Em's Kitchen

I don't know what I would do without Auntie Em's Kitchen (4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.) This breakfast and lunch restaurant is within walking distance from my house. I have spent a fortune on their coffee, scones and array of delicious, lunch sandwiches. Their cobb salad, turkey meatloaf and grilled steak salad are also brilliant. And though they sometimes go a little overboard on the sprouts, Eagle Rock is fortunate to have such a place. Even better though, Auntie Em's have acquired the space next door and they will be opening a cheese shop in the next few weeks. Heavenly!

Chef-Owner, Terri Wahl also runs a highly successful catering business from Auntie Em's and she changes the menu accordingly with each season. Also, Terri's not just a rock star in the kitchen....she's REALLY a rock star, having fronted some very cool bands like The Red Aunts

Auntie Em's have just started a once-a-month dinner seating entitled the 'Farmers Market Dinner'. Last night was their second such event and my wife and I were there. We stopped off before hand at the nearby Colorado Wine Company, as they have paired wines with the Farmer's Market Dinner entrees. The dinner started out with delicious trio of chilled soups: yellow tomato gazpacho, chilled arugula and beet ginger. We both agreed that the yellow tomato gazpacho was out of this world. The chilled arugula soup was striking though I could not imagine ever eating an entire bowl it. It was a fresh and exciting start to a meal.

The second course might just have been the best. It was a toasted corn bread panzanella salad. The cornbread was elegantly mixed with bell peppers, tomatos, olives, capers and basil. This was such nice summer evening treat. I'm not sure if Auntie Em's has this on their regular lunch menu, but I can't wait to eat this amazing salad again. For our main course, I had the roast chicken with fig, olive oil and lemon bath while my wife opted for the crab cakes and fried green tomatos.

I wish Auntie Em's was open for dinner every night, after enjoying their farmer's market dinner. We would go all the time.


At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but i don't think it's delicious at all, it's expensive, dirty, and all the workers have senseless attitude. Over rated. Only good thing is the red velvet cupcake.

At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree sort of. while they're a nice little cafe spot to check out on eagle rock blvd with very colorful pastries decorating the entrance way, freshly baked, it does seem to cater to a wealthier bohemian and hipster crowd that seem to act like money grows on trees. but what's new with eagle rock, a once beautiful (and still is) town with families schools and a diverse population, but now is and has been taken over by new populations from the hipster artsy crowd moving out of silverlake and los feliz and melrose place... their prices are a bit over the top. i mean, who can really afford to eat there all the time? i do love their red velvet cake...a sin as a vegan. it's so upsetting to know that they are absolutely NOT vegan friendly and not very vegetarian friendly. they don't even carry soy milk!

At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i do think auntie em's is a bit on the pricey side. i've only gone twice, both times for breakfast, and both times i was not impressed. i will give them another try however. I do love eagle rock and like to contribute to the city's vendors.

At 5:18 PM, Blogger caucazian1 said...

I've had mixed results in the past, but the last two times have been quite impressive. Today's special, baked acorn squash with lentils and other vegatable goodies, was an excellent value served with a lovely chicken/lemon/basil soup as an optional side. The help has been inconsistent, I've noted, but it helps if one speaks "musician," and I do.

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous mels said...

Jeez - I just love the place! We live in Montecito Heights and it's about the only local restaurant I'm happy to go to. I love the farmer's market faire, the good coffee and the fun atmo. Portion sizes are perfect, they don't kill you with massive servings or The place is small and funky, not dirty. We've been going there for years, and never disappointed. Since they started seating people and assigning wait staff, the experience is better.


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