Fall Food Notes

A.O.C. is back; Ocktober fest Strudel Fizz at Spoonfed; and Double Ice Cream at Salt and Straw (photos from A.O.C., Spoonfed and Salt & Straw)

Here’s some Fall foodie notes that we thought we’d pass along this weekend as we officially transition into Fall.

A.O.C. is reopening Monday (photo from aocwinebar.com)

First, there’s good news for A.O.C. fans, the restaurant is re-opening on Monday, October 1st, following repairs made after a small electrical fire forced the restaurant to close.  According to an email sent to supporters, owners Suzanne Goin and Hancock Park resident Caroline Styne note they’ve taken the opportunity to spruce things up a bit with new trees and lots of polish on the interior to celebrate Goin’s new autumn dishes. It will be nice to have A.O.C. – and its cozy fireplace – back online.

Spoonfed (photo by Paul Vu)

Now that Fall is officially here, it’s time for Oktoberfest events. Check out the Midwest Oktober fest at Spoonfed, a new restaurant featuring California fast, casual cuisine with a midwestern influence. Owner Sean Loeffel, originally from Chicago, is a longtime front-of-house lead at various places across the LA, most notably Alcove in Los Feliz, according to  Easter LA, which wrote about Spoonfed when it opened earlier this summer.  Loeffel described the menu to the Buzz as “Nouveau California meets Midwest, which we call “familiar with a twist,” where the fresh produce and diverse ingredients of California meet the comfort and classic of the Midwest.”

Now through October 7, Loeffel and his Beverage Director John Neumueller from Madison, WI  bring all the kitsch & nostalgia of a Midwest Oktoberfest to Bar Joe at Spoonfed featuring German Beers, Johnsonville Brats, Wisconsin Old Fashioneds, Crispy Cheese Curds, Underberg shots, and three special cocktails — an autumnal Apple Strudel Fizz made with apple brandy and sherry, a modern take on the Wisconsin Old Fashioned made with brandy and a Sprite reduction, as well as a refreshing Shandy made with Underberg.

We discovered Spoonfed when developer Jerry Snyder gave us a tour of his Hollywood Media District development at 959 Seward Street. Spoonfed doesn’t look like it belongs in an office building. The restaurant has room for 200 seats, and was designed by James Beard award-winning designer Tom Nahabedian,​ who created a lush green patio surrounding the dining areas creating a garden dining in the middle of Hollywood, with plenty of parking to boot. And, because it’s an office building, the parking is just $1 with validation, so you can skip the pricey valet. Spoonfed is open from 6:30 am – 11:00 pm every day.

Salt and Straw offers double ice cream for $1 (photo from Salt & Straw)

Finally, if ice cream is your favorite way to celebrate Fall, Salt and Straw is offering double ice cream for just a dollar more, from now through October. Check out late Late Summer Harvest flavors, soon to be replaced with Spooktacular Seasonal Flavors on October 5.  To redeem this deal, tell your cashier the secret password: DOLLARDOUBLE

 

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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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