Friends With Bennies.

Today, April 16th there are two overlapping holidays; National Eggs Benedict Day & Day Of The Mushroom. While the second appears suspect, we embrace it. We choose Joy here. We understand that the fungus has a National day October 16 but sympathize in that maybe it deserves two? Mushrooms have lousy cred if you think about it. It takes pigs to find them in France. They have symbolized nuclear destruction. The growing process involves keeping them in the dark & feeding them manure. We welcome their day!

National Eggs Benedict Day is a little treasure too. Such a luxurious way to start the day. Poached eggs, English muffin, hollandaise, and ham are the traditional ingredients. But this recipe continues to evolve. Sometimes there will be spinach or asparagus added. It can be fantastic with crab or lobster in place of ham. A favorite from a long gone breakfast temple on The CT Shoreline, was the Martha’s Vineyard Eggs. Two perfect poached egged atop fresh picked lobster claw meat with crisp asparagus. Generously sauced in hollandaise, the MV Eggs came on a fresh baked English muffin that was flaky heaven sent yumminess. We came back often for plates of Martha’s Vineyard Eggs, not even blinking that it was the only thing we had ever eaten there. This Temple Of Breakfast actually boasted one of  my first head shots on the wall.

Side of Ham?

Side of Ham?

Obviously a talisman to “Come Hungry”, hopefully not a reason the place closed two years later.

Today in recognition of both holidays DIO! salutes two favorite foods with a tribute from Marmalade Cafe in Los Angeles! Marmalade’s Portobello Benedict is a new obsession of ours. The shroom has seized position from the English and there is spinach aplenty, Popeye. The sauce is always delicious, the cocktails are too. Marmalade has many locations to find your Bennie at, so there’s no need for the Le cochon francaise mentioned afore. (Dish! You spoke French…) We frequent the Sherman Oaks location and usually order the same thing every time. Funny what becomes a creature of habit most. We should probably send them a headshot.

Our go-to for Mushroom/Bennie at Marmalade Cafe

Our go-to for Mushroom/Bennie at Marmalade Cafe

Marmalade Cafe

Sherman Oaks, CA

14910 VENTURA BOULEVARD

Located at the corner of Ventura Blvd and Kester
tel: 818.905.8872

Bar Melody, Westchester

DIO fan Matteo has long boasted of the burger at Bar Melody out by LAX. It’s his go to spot pre travel. We make no pains about research for our show. Burgers and dogs could be our thesis. Today we had to make an airport run & have found our way here. Burger ordered, stay tuned…….

Please know that Westchester CA is not the most scenic area of Los Angeles. It’s kinda, urban.  Let’s say it’s Up And Coming. Amidst metro squalor is a hole in the wall. Bar Melody has red velour wall paper, tin roof and dimpled upholstery on the bar facade. It has a lobster claw tank that you would find in a carnival. Only this has real lobsters. I was sure some one had stolen the sawdust from the floor. And yet there was more beneath the surface. On one corner of the bar top two soccer moms discuss the price of avocados over a reasonable priced Sauvignon Blanc.  Opposite them car salesmen claim that ciabatta makes a better sandwich bread. Over their heads is putty filling in bullet holes. A cross section all walks of life. Los Angeles.

The planes going in and out of LAX rattle the roof like a train would a roadhouse saloon. I was certain that I heard landing gear graze the roof. That loud. Loud. All part of the charm.

Hood winked

Yummo

The bartender is extremely amiable, and pours a great PBR. Discussing the menu and the recent turnabout of the dive to dine attitude of Melody, he had me at “farm to table”. The menu had rice bowls, bacon wrapped dates, pot stickers, salmon tempura and ingredients making a Foodie google. It offers entrees, sides, starters and smart salads. We were focused on the sandwiches. Mmmmmm. Salmon Club Sandwich with pesto mayo. The Melody Burger! Carmelized onions await, on a pretzel bun to boot. We mowed down a plate of steak fries with bacon, gorgonzola and truffle oil. Sriracha on hand to assist. We hit the lobster mac and cheese hard. Wait a minute, isn’t there a tank by the pool tables that……forget about that. The burger was all I was promised. Sweet potato fries and house special aioli on the side, ooooh, Mercy. Bar Melody has all the comforts of a dark east coast bar with the food sensibility that Angelenos regularly photograph.

Matteo was right. This place is fantastic. Like much of the City of Angeles, what’s revealed beneath belies the exterior. You’d drive right by Bar Melody on the way to the airport  but you’d really be missing out. Great burger, great bar. Happy Lunching.

9132 South Sepulveda BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90045(310) 670-1994

http://www.melodylax.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Melody.grill

@melodylax