Published on January 5th, 2013 | by Janet Dickerson0
Not your Mom’s grilled cheese sandwich
With my family visiting in Los Angeles for the first time this past holiday, I was eager to take them on an epicurean excursion to remember. For this foodie, variety is everything and LA is a nothing if not a goldmine for great grubbing. Of course you have your predictable tourist foodie hot stops, like the famous Pink’s Hot Dogs (get ready to stand in line — a long one), Jerry’s Famous Deli (love their Rueben’s), and the always delightful Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles (no elaboration needed). But the meal that made my holiday most memorable came in the form of a childhood sandwich favorite creatively revamped by a chic eatery nestled on a Venice Beach side street.
Now, I must preface this by saying I’m not in the practice of ordering items that, I feel, could just as easily be made at home (people who order cereal in restaurants? I’m looking at you). But after experiencing the gooey goodness that is Larry’s (24 Windward Avenue, Venice Beach, CA) short-rib grilled cheese sandwich, I will happily make the occasional exception. So gratifying that no given name could do it justice (the website lists it simply by the ingredients under “Burgers and Sandwiches”), this sandwich boasts a flavorful combo of Chantal cheese melted over braised short ribs packed between two pieces of lightly-toasted raisin bread and served with a side arugula salad. I was even impressed by the cast iron skillet in which it was served and have since been scoping the internet in search of my own cast-iron serving set. If you have any leads, give a sister a shout!
Anyway, if you’re looking for a beach-side treat next time you’re on the Left Coast, definitely pay Larry’s a visit. Tell them Off The Beaten Plate sent you
P.S. — They also have a Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich — you heard me — that I’m also dying to try. If you beat us to it we’d love to hear your review.