The Blvd – Beverly Hills, CA
There’s no better place in Beverly Hills to eat well and have the best people watching right in front of you. Located in the timeless Beverly Wilshire at the tail end of Rodeo Drive, The Blvd comes with a high price tag but it’s THE quintessential Beverly Hills experience.
Almost every time I’m there I get the Seafood Salad. It’s changed over the years but is never disappointing to me and comes with the highest quality of seafood one would expect for a $33 salad. My husband started with the Lobster Salad which was divine. I especially loved the green apple. It added such a lovely acidity and made the dish perfectly balanced. For his entrée he got the Veal Schnitzel…whoa…I had a tinge of order envy but luckily he was nice enough to give me a couple of bites. The veal was pounded thin and cooked to perfection. So tender and full of flavor…this was definitely a success. My only advice is to add a good squeeze of lemon juice on top. It brightens the dish and makes it not as heavy tasting.
Just to name a few, Bob Green, Mariel Hemingway and André Leon Talley were all dining there the last time I was there for lunch. Does it get much better than that?! Go!
Great selection of breads
Maine Lobster Salad – green apple, avocado, jicima, lemon oil vinaigrette
Seafood Salad – pickled butternut squash, octopus, prawns, lobster, scallops, white port and hazelnut oil
Veal Schnitzel – fingerling potato salad, red radishes, lemon butter
Madeo – West Hollywood, CA
This was my first time dining at the popular Northern Italian restaurant Madeo and I can tell you that it won’t be my last. It was one of the best Italian meals I’ve had. I normally opt for fish dishes (and I still did this time) however I always rely on my husband for a bite of pasta. He chose wisely and went with the classic Spaghetti alla Bolognese made with a veal meat sauce and honestly…it was probably the best we had both had. Simple and far from fussy, the tender meat and perfectly cooked pasta intensified with every bite. It was sad when it was gone. My sister-in-law went for the special Veal Meatballs which I think we all assumed would be coming with pasta however it didn’t BUT, these meatballs were melt in your mouth good. Perfect from start to finish. They were delicate and soft not over mixed, hard or dry. They (aside from my Cafe Lago meatballs) are the best meatballs I’ve ever tasted. Next time I go if these are on the menu I’m getting them! Another dish in the mix on our table was the Osso Bucco which was also to die for. The veal shank was cooked the way it was supposed to be with the meat falling off the bone. Absolutely delicious. I guess what I’m getting at is that you can’t really go wrong at this restaurant, or at least that’s what my first impression has led me to believe. The ambiance won’t blow you away but there’s something nostalgic about it and you’re bound to find some famous faces in there which is always fun:)
Carciofi e Parmigiano – baby raw artichokes and Parmigiano cheese and rucola *SO good! A light dish that got eaten quickly…everything about it was well balanced and seasoned perfectly.
Prosciutto e Melone – Parma ham and melon *Classic Italian dish…how can you go wrong?
Fagioli e Aragosta – Italian Cannellini beans with diced lobster and Rucola salad in a lemon dressing *This was such a beautiful flavorful starter. Plenty to share but honestly something I could eat everyday. DE-lish!
Calamari Affogati – sautéed squid in tomato sauce *Some of the best calamari I’ve ever had! you need a spoon to get some sauce with every bite:)
Branzino di Mare al Carciofi – filet of wild sea bass baked with white wine and artichokes *On the special menu…VERY good!
Vitella Arrosto – sliced roasted leg of veg from the cart *We didn’t order this but as we were paying our bill…STUFFED…we all salivated while the chef started carving this beautiful meat and then carefully coated each delicate piece with some au jus. Thankfully our waiter saw our oh-so-descreet drooling and had the chef make us a plate. I can’t describe how flavorful this was. It was on the special menu but seriously if you go and it’s on there and you have enough people to share with…GET IT!!!