Before coming to LA, one of my biggest worries was how I would get around without my lovely hybrid- I’m still a total mess when it comes to attempting public transportation in this city. As fate would have it, I woke up with an email from Lyft in my inbox, and all of my problems were solved! Lyft is an awesome ridesharing service, where you can request a driver, get a ride and pay all through your phone- the process is incredibly simple and streamlined. My lyft credit proved to be a lifesaver during my weekend in LA- from going out to running errands to getting to meals (clearly the most important), I had friendly lyft drivers there (complete with the telltale pink mustaches on their cars!) every step of the way. On my last day I used a lyft to get to one of my go-to stops in LA- Taste on Melrose. My friend and I were meeting up for a very, very late lunch (3 pm) and almost everything was closed, but Taste was kind enough to let us start their happy hour menu an hour early! Taste has a wonderful array of cocktails- the mango mojito I started with was refreshing and sizeable, and their sangria is always a hit. We split several dishes between the two of us- white truffle mac & cheese, grilled artichoke, pommes frites, and chicken salad sliders. The mac & cheese is covered in a thick, delicious layer of cheese, but could be a little creamier; however I always enjoy how the truffle isn’t too overwhelming. The artichoke was nicely cooked, but the aioli could have had a bit more flavour to it. The pommes frites were deliciously thin and the portion was HUGE- great taste and even better value. The chicken salad sliders were a surprising hit- I loved the clean flavours (especially in contrast to the heavy pommes frites and mac & cheese) and the pickled fennel served on the side ended up being the star of the meal for me. I’m definitely going to try and recreate that at home- it would be an awesome side at a BBQ. Taste consistently delivers good, homey food at reasonable prices, and is good for brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner- basically an all-around winner! And as for Lyft…I have an awesome promo for all of you SF & LA readers!! Simply download the lyft app on your iphone or android, and use the promo code BMEETG20 to score $20 in Lyft credit! Valid for new users only, unfortunately. Perfect for making sure you get home safe from those boozy holiday parties we all love so much this time of year.
truffle mac & cheese with smoked mozzarella
grilled artichoke w/ white balsamic tartar sauce
chicken salad sliders with pickled fennel