Red Herring – Eagle Rock, CA

Following A Red Herring

Red Herring – Eagle Rock, CA

Visited: April 2017
Restaurant Type: New American

With so many interesting restaurants opening up these days, it’s difficult to decide which ones to try.  Through word of mouth, Tracy and I heard numerous positive comments about the great food being served in Eagle Rock at a place called Red Herring, so on a rather balmy Sunday evening we made the short trek to meet our friends Paul and Susan from Silver Lake.

Red Herring opened in the autumn of 2016 in the space formerly occupied by Petite Beaujolais and is led by the husband and wife team of Chef Dave Woodall (formerly of Blair’s Restaurant in Silver Lake and Mélisse in Santa Monica) and Alexis Martin Woodall, who I was told had also been a producer on the TV show Glee.  Fortunately, we didn’t have to join a club and sing for our supper.

The bar, lounge and kitchen are all located downstairs (together with a few dining tables), however the main dining area is upstairs (photo below is courtesy of Red Herring).

We had 6:15 p.m. reservations, and by 7 p.m. the restaurant was full up.

The upstairs dining room’s windows overlook Colorado Blvd. and open up on warmer evenings.  The nicest thing about this room was that even though it was packed with diners, the noise level was surprisingly low allowing us to actually enjoy our conversation, meaning we didn’t become hard of herring.

They’re not inexpensive, but the dishes here are very good. We dove in quickly.

The menu had recently changed from the one I had seen online, so although I was looking forward to trying the tomato soup as a starter, I switched to the Summer Squash Soup; patty pan squash, vadouvan (ready-to-use blend of spices), cilantro and mint oil ($9), which turned out to be a “Wow” dish for moi.

Susan started with the Baked Mac & Cheese with Bacon ($9).

The English Pea Salad; pea tendrils, mizuna carrots, radish, English peas, cacio de roma, lemon vinaigrette ($12) was shouting Tracy’s name, but on this evening the crab won out, as she and Paul shared the Blue Crab Cakes; lump blue crab, romesco, basil aioli, pickled mustard seeds ($18).

For my main course, I had the Braised Beef Short Rib; polenta, carrots, grilled leek soubise, bordelaise ($34).  This was a terrific dish.  Of course, I am a short rib fanatic.

Susan and Paul hiked in the morning and must have worked up an appetite as Susan elected to try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles ($24).  The chicken and waffles came with choice of a side, and Susan went with the Brussels Sprouts, Lemon, Dates and Cashews.

Tracy and Paul both swam toward the Snapper; English peas, confit mushrooms, house-cured bacon, buttermilk, mint oil ($28).

As if this wasn’t enough food, we also ordered a side of crispy French Fries ($6) for the table.  Other sides available this evening were:  grilled asparagus with béarnaise sauce; candied bacon; wilted kale with pine nuts; and heirloom carrots with caraway ($6 each).

For dessert, Paul and Susan shared the Slice O’Pie á la Mode, which on this evening was blackberry pie ($10).  It was a nice large slice, perfect for sharing.

Speaking of sharing, Tracy and I opted for the Chocolate Pots de Crème (calories, baby, calories); caramel bavarian, sea salt, shortbread ($9), which was also a large serving lending itself to sharing.  I might have had an extra spoonful when Tracy wasn’t looking (please don’t tell her).

We brought a bottle of wine, and Red Herring charges a $20 corkage fee.  Overall, we were very happy with our meal choices, and the service was top-notch. This is a place we would return in the future, and we were glad that all the good reviews we had previously read did not turn out to be a red herring.

Mai Tai Tom Rating: 4 mai tais (out of 5)

Red Herring
1661 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: 323.739.0004
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Closed Monday
Parking: Street (free)

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