|Gastronomico: where dubious decor meets delicious dishes|
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The casual Los Feliz cafe Gastronomico is at first a bit hard to grasp, but stick with it and you’ll be glad you did. Tucked in the corner of the mini mall anchored by notorious watering hole the Drawing Room, the restaurant that sprang out of a gourmet food bus takes the transit theme a touch too far. Road signs, chrome walls, black and yellow paint—what might have been fun on a bus doesn’t quite work in a pace that serves some of the neighborhood’s freshest and most flavorful updated comfort food.
crispy Yukon gold potatoes
Fried chicken and spinach salad might not be the healthiest salad ever, but the super-crispy chicken made it well worth the indulgence ($9). The juicy turkey burger and reasonably priced Ecuadorian pulled pork sandwich ($7.50) are almost always on the menu, but investigate the day’s special sandwiches, like a very French and delicate smoked salmon, pork belly or bbq shrimp.
Side dishes are no afterthought here. Crispy Yukon gold potatoes are a must, smashed and fried with garlic aioli and dill into some kind of heavenly marriage of a French fry and a roasted potato.
Since it’s on the near-Eastside, garlicky kale will be usually available, or maybe a Brussels sprout/bok choy combo, roasted beets or heirloom tomato and corn.
Desserts are also strong. Ricotta donut holes with Meyer lemon curd have achieved some local renown, but the moist, not-too-sweet banana and chocolate upside down cake and fruity specials like a fig and almond tart or apricot parfait are also rustically appealing.
fried chicken salad