Saturday, September 14, 2013

"Naanstrami" And Comfort Food at The Belmont (West Hollywood)

The Belmont on La Cienega has a long history but now there's a new ownership and a new chef in charge, and things are looking pretty fun. Sports fans can sit inside with the large screen TV and enjoy some beers, or you can sit outside for a quieter dinner. Either way, these days the beer selections are getting more interesting and so is the food.

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They now have items like the Naanstrami (pastrami, swiss cheese, spicy chipotle slaw, naan bread - $14) - yes, that is a pastrami sandwich on naan bread!
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The naan makes a pretty good vehicle, as you can taste more of the pastrami, but there's still that nice char. I liked the little kick from the spicy slaw here also.

It's not all new menu items here, they kept the popular Original Belmont Mac n Cheese (crab, scallion, bacon, tomato, cheese - $13)
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I mean, it's crab mac and cheese with crispy, crumbly top. I don't think I have to say too much about it, do I? It's rich but so good!


For a lighter fare, get the Brussels Sprout Salad, spinach, apple, applewood bacon, parmesan, radish, almond, cider vinaigrette ($12)
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This shaved brussels sprout salad is a nice, simple salad with a light dressing. I find that these days brussels sprouts tend to be overdressed and too salty, so this is a nice change.

Grilled Mahi Sandwich, housemade tartar sauce, marinated tomato, bibb lettuce, brioche ($14)
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When I was growing up, I would only eat the Filet O' Fish at McDonald's. This evokes some nostalgia, but of course it's much better than McD's. The fish is nicely cooked and moist.
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Both the naanstrami and the sandwich comes with choice of side so I chose fresh cut fries for this and sweet potato fries for the other.
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So, beers. If you're coming here to watch a game you might want some beers. Well, they have 8 beers on tap with a pretty good selection including La Fin du Monde and Old Rasputin, along with a good bottled beer selection. They also have a limited supply of special releases. I got a Lemongrass Saison from Maui Brewing Co from this list ($8)

The Belmont
747 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 659-8871
http://www.thebelmontcafe.com/
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1 comments:

Bobbie Seacrist

That sandwich looks like perfection on Naan. I love Pastrami sandwiches and that just made my list as a must try! Thanks for the post, I enjoyed reading it!

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