Showing posts from May, 2017

North Italia (New) - Santa Monica

North Italia opening in Santa Monica on May 30th!
I'm a fan of Fox Restaurant Concepts, you've probably followed me to the Pasadena opening of True Food Kitchen last September, see more HERE
So, just ahead of the Grand Opening in Santa Monica, I was invited to one of the media preview nights, as the staff prepares for their opening  debut.
A beautiful patio off 2nd Street as you walk into North Italia.

A nice high celling dining room.
My friend said it reminded her of True Food Kitchen. She was surprised when I told her both were owned by the same company.

"Every restaurant and venue tells a story, it has a  personality.  That personality usually takes over and becomes what it was meant to be - a new restaurant, special dish, or  a design approach."
~ Sam Fox Fox Restaurant Concepts

 See What Jay Eats...
Chef's Board
with prosciutto di parma, artisan cheese, burrata, marinated eggplant, roasted pepper, castelvetrano olives and marcona almonds
Such a great starter!
While we were working on…

Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking (New) - Alhambra

Located at the old Green Papaya Thai Restaurant on Valley Blvd in Alhambra stands a new restaurant, Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking.
When you see the building, you'll say "this looks like a McDonalds!" Yup, it used to be...

What's steam kettle cooking you ask? Cajun/Creole dishes cooked in unique jacketed steam kettles. The steam offers a food cooked evenly and without over cooking.
Chef Ritter spent 12 years honing his craft at the Oyster Bar in The Palace Station Casino in Las Vegas.  The Alhambra location is the 3rd steam kettle cooking restaurant, after Santa Ana and Huntington Beach.  
Sat at the bar in front of the steam kettles watched the playoff games
See What Jay Eats... New England Clam Chowder
A traditional bowl of chowda. 
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Who doesn't love bacon?
Chowder Fries
The best of both worlds!
Choice of mussels or clams, I opted for BOTH!