Year ago, when Kitchen 24 first opened on Cahuenga Blvd, many a stomping ground for late-night revelers, I vowed to go just to be able to get breakfast food w/ a Bellini or Bloody Mary after hours (It's open 24 hours). Then, of course, life threw its diversions at me (and I learned how to make a Bellini & Bloody Mary). When Kitchen 24 moved location closer to me in West Hollywood and I was invited to the tasting event for their friends & family, I rejoiced.
Last Saturday, I met up with friends to peruse the new location. I've spent many hours of my life (stuck in traffic) on Santa Monica Blvd so it's comforting to know that Kitchen 24 will be there for me if I ever decide to pull over and wait it out. Kitchen 24 commands prime real estate- it's within walking distance of Starbucks, Cake & Art (a beloved cupcake joint), Trader Joe's, Plaisir (a French bakery), & Tender Greens.
My dining companions & I chose the cozy outdoor patio which had heat lamps. Purrrr-fect. From the patio, we could see the cozy bar through the glass doors. Over the bar, hung fun, rectangular lamps with metal etched utensils in the covers. The ladies ordered drinks off the happy hour menu, a red for me, and an "Oh Girl" cocktail for my friend. The gent ordered a Chivas scotch neat. Evidently, happy hour here continues after 7:15pm. The Oh Girl was everything the waiter promised...a cupcake in liquid form.
Our group shared a Smac and Cheese with ham and peas. This consisted of Elbow Macaroni and a three cheese blend (Cheddar, Mascarpone, and Gruyere) topped with a Basil Herb crust. This was comfort food at its best. When I'm taking a break from making Lobster Mac N' Cheese (Cheddar, Fontina, and Asiago cheese) with mushrooms and white truffle oil topped with a Panko crust, I'm likely to head here for a different version. The Mascarpone in this version, balanced the firmer texture of the other two cheese. This added to the creaminess of the dish. The peas added great color (and the nutritional benefits of greens) to the dish. The ham was in bite-sized pieces, which is always preferable.
The next appetizer we shared, was the Artichoke Spinach with 3 cheese dip accompanied with blue corn tortilla chips. Again, the color palette of this was gorgeous. The dark green and the dark blue juxtaposed against one another was a feast for the eyes. The consistency and texture of the dip was creamy without being overwhelming. I'm happy to note that it was not too watery (yes, it has happened many a time at other restaurants).
Always one to subvert the order of conventional meals, I was ecstatic to order the K24 Breakfast sandwich...for dinner. Oh the irony. This consisted of a toasted English muffin with Egg, Applewood smoked bacon, Grilled Onions, Spinach, Pepper Jack Cheese, and Sliced Tomatoes. The English muffin was toasted to perfection: crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The bacon was delicately smoked and added complexity to the soft and subtle spinach, and piquant Pepper Jack Cheese. Did I detect any over-charring on the muffin or bacon? Zilch!
My friend ordered the The Big Baller Sandwich which consisted of Jumbo meatballs cooked in Marinara served open faced (like a Tartine) on Foccacia bread with Provolone cheese. With such a cheeky name for a sandwich, how could I not smile? I was having enough trouble tackling my sandwich so I did not try this one. I did, however, try the skinny fries that came with the sandwich. They were freshly made (no twice used oil here!) and the perfect texture which is more difficult to obtain when making thick, Belgian fries.
The service was attentive: these people really put a lot of heart and effort into their menu, what works, what doesn't work...and it shows. I'll be happy to support this establishment, time and time again.
8575 Santa Monica Blvd,