June + July Round-Up

Le Petit Paris's Croque Madame

Le Petit Paris's Croque Madame

Apologies for falling behind on my monthly restaurant round-up's! Didn't realize it's been almost two months since the last one, but I also haven't been able to eat out as much as I used to.

This month's recap will feature some of my most memorable experiences in and around Los Angeles, going as far as Palos Verdes and trying out some fun downtown restaurants that are great for some girl time.

Le Petit Paris

Le Petit Paris By Lisa Linh Lisa Linh

418/420 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 217 4445

Located in Downtown LA, Le Petit Paris is that cute cafe that you must have lunch at with your girlfriends. Pau and I had the pleasure of experiencing the French cuisine and certainly left fully satisfied. 

The patio area is great for afternoon visits while the interior indoors provides an intimate vibe for get togethers. We ordered the popular Croque Madame along with the Saffron Scallop Risotto; both dishes were very filling. We also shared the Housemade Duck Foie Gras, which was absolutely delicious! 

For dessert we had to get macaroons and their summer special, which consisted of raspberries and pineapple - totally refreshing (and highly recommended).

Clifton's

Cliftons DTLA By Lisa Linh Lisa Linh
Cliftons Cafeteria By Lisa Linh Lisa Linh

648 S. Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90014
(213) 627-1673

A survivor from the Golden Age of Cafeteria's, Clifton's historical vibe welcomes visitors with a blast from the past. Start with a tray and make your way through the cafeteria, selecting items from the daily soup to their famous pot pies. There are so many options that you'll have a hard to pick and choose, but the end result will be the same. You'll be left wanting more!

I had so much fun browsing through the cafeteria and I wish my selections were this delicious back in elementary school. I ended up with freshly cooked spaghetti and meatballs, chicken pot pie, ice coffee and a few bites of desserts. It is probably the best option for those who want more than one cuisine or can't decide what to eat. Be advised that parking is also limited, as with most downtown locations. 

 

Corazon

Corazon By Lisa Linh Lisa Linh

767 Deep Valley Drive
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
(310) 377-0580

Named 2016's Daily Breeze South Bay's Favorite, Corazon is a modern Mexican restaurant located in Rolling Hills Estates. From weekend brunch to happy hour, Corazon provides the full experience from a taco bar to live Latin music. 

Francis and I were invited to try this hidden gem a few weeks back. We started off with their cocktails, margaritas and sangrias. Appetizers included red snapper and shrimp ceviche and guacamole with chips, both equally delicious although Francis favored the guac. 

For entrees, we had the grilled salmon and carne asada. The skirt steak was marinated to perfection and the papaya adobo marinade was delicious. The salmon was devoured in minutes without regret and I loved chipotle glaze. We were so full after all this that we actually skipped on dessert - yes, I actually didn't have room this time! I certainly do plan on returning as they have churros, grilled bananas, and who can pass on coffee flan? 

Hinoki and the Bird

Hinoki and Bird By Lisa Linh Lisa Linh

10 Century Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-1200

One of my favorite restaurants in the last month has to be Hinoki and the Bird because they win on aesthetics - inside and out. Upon walking in, you can't help but get taken back by the vibe of the restaurant. Every corner of this place was photographable and I spent a good amount of time trying to capture it, but you really have to just see it for yourself. 

Aside from the interior decor and their adjustable sunroof, the burgers and their s'mores dessert was amazing. Plating on point and the drinks were just as visually appealing. I went for a media tasting, however, I do plan on going back for dinner to get the full experience. A great date night spot guys! Hint, hint.