as we drove around, we realized that we were pretty close to au fudge - and the bean squealed with excitement at the idea. and too bad for us again - jessica biel's kid-friendly restaurant is no more. the signage was still up, but there was a "for lease" sign and all was dark and quiet inside. boo.
instead, we ended up snagging a quick reservation at catch l.a., which worked out because the hub had been wanting to go there anyway. we left the car with the valet and walked around the corner to the entrance:
this place is super trendy and fabulous.
as he stood at the bar waiting for our drinks, the hub heard a familiar voice and realized that one of the guys that we both used to work with back in the day was sitting at a table and went over to say hello. it's always so weird to run into people you know when you're out and about. a small world indeed.
we were seated at a table outside. it's a covered patio and there were heaters going with a pretty view of the surrounding area. i didn't snap pictures because there were lots of people around and you wouldn't have seen anything anyway, plus i didn't want to be that weirdo. heh.
the menu was chock full of delicious-sounding goodies.
the prix-fixe menu looked good too, but it was available only if the whole table ordered from it.
we decided to share a small seafood tower, especially since the bean has been wanting to try oysters and mussels for the longest time. she finally got her chance, and we'll just say that the chances of her ordering them again are pretty slim.
that kind of seafood isn't my jam, so i stuck to the top layer of the tower. everything was delicious - king crab leg, lobster tail, salmon and hamachi ceviche, shrimp cocktail. yum.
and of course, i washed it all down with a couple of these.
the bean had also ordered two specialty rolls, which she was much happier with.
this was my mushroom toast - goat cheese, mushrooms, arugula, hollandaise. so delicious.
the hub stuck to his keto diet and opted for the grilled mahi mahi. he let me try a bite and it was perfectly cooked and seasoned.
we decided to take a walk around the block and found ourselves here:
the bean was one happy camper, with a waffle cone that held a split scoop of chocolate gooey brownie and salted malted chocolate chip cookie dough.
so while our day out on the west side didn't turn out to be what we'd set out for, it was still a pretty successful outing. and we passed a bunch of other places to add to our list of spots to try in the future. we used to spend so much time out there, so maybe we'll get back to that again this year. we always have so much fun when we venture out of our little comfort zone. we'll see how that goes.