I recently had the distinct pleasure of dining in L.A. at a restaurant of one of my favorite chefs—a woman I’ve looked up to for a long time—accompanied by someone whose food-writing career I love to follow! I had a spirited lunch with Eric Gladstone of JLiving magazine and the foodie website Now I’m Hungry and we dined at Susan Feniger’s latest restaurant called simply Street. If you haven’t yet been I’ll spoil this article for you now by saying that you shouldn’t even finish reading… just go! Susan Feniger is a legend in this town. She’s pioneered some of the most delicious food in Los Angeles, most notably at her world-famous Border Grill. Susan never disappoints and Street is no exception. The menu boasts street food found around the globe. But she’s careful not to put too many spins on the plates, leaving diners with some of the most authentic ethnic food they’ll ever experience (even if they never leave L.A.). Knowing I was a vegan, Eric suggested Street since Susan had recently expanded her vegan options…and trust me, there were far too many to try in just one seating! By the way, all menu items with an “*” can be prepared vegan, no questions asked!
We started our journey —like all good journeys— with a cocktail… This is a version of a moscow mule and was absolutely fabulous! (btw that’s not an Instagram filter but rather the pink hue filtering through the red umbrellas hovering over our heads!)
When it came time to order, we employed my favorite method of deferring to the waiter to bring us his favorite veggie dishes. And boy did he deliver! What came was a parade of exotic, mouth watering decadence…
the Garden Chopped Salad:
the Vegan Fritters:
the Berbere-spiced French Fries:
the Veggie Burger:
the Rickshaw Noodles:
And for dessert, the Filipino Sticky Rice Tamale:
…which was good, but I say skip and get the Apple Fritters for pure perfection!
If your eyes are full, imagine our bellies! And as I mentioned, they have so many more options! Next time I’m definitely going for Street’s vegan versions of my favorite Paani Puri and the Golden Tomato Fattoush.
Bottom line: Hit da Street! It’s the perfect resto for vegans and carnivores alike! How rare is that? Also, be sure to check out Eric’s amazing interview with Susan Feniger and Nancy Silverton (of La Brea Bakery and Mozza fame), another gal I greatly admire in the restaurant business. You can find the interview on pg. 25-29 in JLiving Magazine and follow Eric’s culinary adventures on Twitter.
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