For our weekly girls dinner this week, I let go of being the control freak I tend to be and let my girlfriend Arielle pick the spot. We all have different eating styles (Arielle is a vegan, Naomi is pescetarian, Jess loves meat and Ashlee and I eat just about anything), so it’s always interesting to see if we can find a place that everyone can enjoy.
Arielle chose Cooks County located on Beverly Blvd. between Crescent Heights and Fairfax. Cooks County is an American cuisine restaurant whose goal is to be “as Californian as possible” and their menu changes daily since they are also trying to be as self-sufficient as possible (growing their own produce, curing their own meats, etc.).
We started with homemade bread and butter and an order of fried oysters. The bread was so fresh and perfectly baked and the fried oysters were delicious (very similar to calamari).
For main courses, I chose the Tagliatelle with Chantrelle Mushrooms, Parmesan Breadcrumbs and Lemon Zest. The pasta was homemade and light and the dish was filled with flavor.
Ashlee got the Pacific Clams Steamed in Vermouth, Celery Root and Lovage. The clams were extremely fresh and the garlic bread on the side was melt in your mouth good.
Naomi, our pescetarian, ordered the Fish of the Day, the Snapper which had Asian spices and was served over roasted yams and some greens. It was healthy, perfectly flavored and a great fish option.
For dessert, we ordered a few choices (of course). We got the Sweet Foccacia with Roasted Grapes, Muscat Zabaglione and Spiced Almonds, the Pumpkin Bread Pudding and the Beignets au Chocolate, Cinnamon, Wildflower Honey and Chocolate Sherbert. The only real winner for me was the beignets. They were light, filled with chocolate and topped with sugar (a perfect dessert!). The other two needed a little work, but what’s great about this menu is that since it changes daily, you can order a different dessert every time you eat there!
Overall, I loved this restaurant. It has a great vibe, impeccable service, a large wine list and delicious and fresh food. I love the ever-changing menu because it means the quality of the food will always be high. I will definitely be coming back and think I am going to bring Q when he is here to visit!