Southern California is abundant with farms, fisheries, and orchards that supply the restaurants on Melrose with amazing fresh and organic food. Now that we’ve gotten some much-needed spring rain to go with our beloved sunshine, the bounty is on full display and the spring menus are in full effect.
Taste the very best of the region at the very best restaurants in L.A., here on Melrose.
Chef Jason Fullilove hosts his American soul food celebration at Vinoteque every weekend. The celebration highlights the foundational ingredients and techniques of traditional African American meals, as well as incorporates local flavors and progressive presentation. Barbara Jean is serving dinner and a must-try brunch. Come for the BBQ short ribs, feel good about all the veggies, and treat yourself to the Hummingbird Cake.
BARBARA JEAN @ VINOTEQUE
7469 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
‘tis the season for jackfruit, and ‘tis the land of tacos. Hence, Chef Marcel Vignon gives us the jackfruit taco: light but satisfying, textured and flavorful, topped with fresh and unadulterated veggies. Jackfruit has become a unique yet sensical protein for plant-based eaters, and it serves the mighty taco perfectly. Beefsteak’s taco pairs nicely with any of its delicious juices (like the Tumeric Tonic) and especially with the Mexi-Melon tequila drink.
7661 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
There are no freezers at Blu Jam, so everything on your plate is going to be as fresh as you can get. Chef Kamil Majer is committed to taking advantage of not just seasonal foods, but also immediate local opportunities which is why Blu Jam gets addictive; the menu is full of daily surprises! Don’t miss the Kali Crab meat sandwich, generously full of crab meat, red radishes, avocado, daikon sprouts, and mixed greens. Seasonal soup and sammy, anyone?
BLU JAM CAFÉ
7371 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Frankie is passionate about classic Italian dishes and his menu maintains those consistently delicious standards, made fresh daily. So when there’s a special, you can bet it is special. With artichokes and spinach in season, Chef Jose created a hearty Italian branzino (sea bass) in a white wine/garlic/oil sauce over a bed of tomatoes with those spring green vegetables. All this generous portion needs is the perfect glass of wine, and you’ll find plenty of options on the list.
FRANKIE’S ON MELROSE
7228 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Pizza knows no season. It’s not, though, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about grilling. So Spartina’s Chef Stephen Kalt said “why not?” and added four fantastic grilled pizzas to the menu. The dough is made in-house, grilled over almond wood and oak coal, and finished with fresh, local, seasonal toppings. The tomato/basil/fontina is especially springy, and represents the Italy-meets-Cali cuisine at which Spartina excels.
7505 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046