New SF Staple: Cafe Des Amis

Posted in Black Book, Sustenance on October 13th, 2010 by mdjusc

Bacchus Management Group is dominating the San Francisco  food scene.  Not only does their name inspire jealously in guys (wishing they had thought of it first), culinary staples like the Village Pub and Spruce are some of the best power meal places for men.  With their latest addition, Café Des Amis, Bacchus Management Group partners with Perry Butler (founder of Perry’s) to take their dominance to the next level. 

You will feel just as comfortable whether at the bar, sitting at a sidewalk table, or relaxing in a classic booth.  A deadly combination of charming ambiance, delicious food, and refined drinks have justified the restaurant’s addition to my “go-to” list.      

Café Des Amis is another great example of the Endangered Man.  It’s not trendy, it’s not a novelty; it’s simply classic and good.

Texas Beef Rib

Posted in Black Book, LAX, Sustenance on September 22nd, 2010 by adallal

Los Angeles’ culinary talents spread far and wide – from classic chefs like Wolfgang Puck to the talented Thomas Keller to the unsung “chefs” working the food trucks.  Among all that is often lost places like Baby Blues BBQ, who have achieved notoriety not by staffing Iron Chefs but by winning over crowds with incredible food.  Tucked away on a stretch of Lincoln Blvd. that includes a cornucopia of various shops, Baby Blues brings North Carolina-style BBQ to Santa Monica.  While they may not have the so-called Iron Chefs grilling the meat, the Food Network did in fact recognize them for their incredible BBQ:

Their menu is quite simple – all things BBQ.  Their pulled pork, beef brisket, Memphis-style ribs, and baby back ribs are all amazing, but their secret weapon is the Texas Beef Rib.  Easily the length and width of my forearm, the beef rib is unlike anything I have seen anywhere else.  At least 16 oz of lean, mean beef, Baby Blues slow cooks these babies for hours.  As a result, they have limited quantities each day, so if you’re planning on taking out and you want more than 2, you’ll have to call them in advance (this recently came up when I ordered 7 on a to-go order).

In addition to all the glorious meats (which you can mix and match in different combinations), Baby Blues also offers some incredible sides.  Baked beans, grilled corn, sweet mashed potatoes, and the mac n’ cheese are the highlights of the “fixins”, in addition to some incredible corn bread.  However, you won’t find a mixed greens salad or any type of green that doesn’t have butter lathered all over it.

As if the grilled meats and sides weren’t enough, Baby Blues offers a good selection of draft beer (including Shiner Bock for the local Texans) and some tasty dessert – making it an all-together complete dining experience.  Finally, southern comfort flows through the entire place – from the blues music to the cute girls with the southern accent to the guys who are sweating over the flame behind the bar.  Without a doubt, Baby Blues is the best BBQ in LA and a damn good local gem on top of that.

444 Lincoln Boulevard
Venice, California 90291
(310) 396-7675
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