Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cozy Comfort at Tart Restaurant

Tart Restaurant on Fairfax had been around do a while but I've always looked over it. Upon walking in for the first time I was pleasantly surprised at how cute the place is.
Both the indoor and outdoor dining areas are charming
IMG_9574Owl lampshades!

Biscuits and butter to start
From the appetizer (they're rather big appetizers) we tried the Shrimp 'n grits (beer braised white shrimp with andouille sausage, okra, cheddar grits, topped with sunny side up egg - $12)
They flavor is pretty different than the usual shrimp and grits, but mmm... cheddar grits and runny egg!

I really wanted some red meat, so for my entree I ordered the Hanger steak with salsa verde ($24). At first glance the entree prices seem a little high, but they actually each come with your choice of two sides!
The steak was quite good. It was a well prepared medium rare steak, see that beautiful pink in the middle? It had a nice flavor and was tender as well.

As I said, the entrees come with your choice of 2 sides. For mine I chose Black eyed peas with slow cooked collard greens and bacon, and Mac n cheese (white cheddar, garlic cream sauce). Oh I also tagged on some purple potatoes.
The mac n cheese was really rich: cheesy and buttery. My favorite was actually the black eyed peas. I didn't think I really liked black eyes peas before but I was kind of addicted to these. Must be the collard greens and bacon..

Some more sides: Crispy fried brussels sprout tossed in chili vinaigrette. Grilled asparagus in hazelnut sage brown butter.
Shop Eat Sleep who came with me got the Meatloaf (recipe from the chef's mom - $16)
I thought the meatloaf was ok but Shop Eat Sleep enjoyed it. The flavors were good but I like my meatloaf more moist. 

We also tried a couple of cocktails which were ok but nothing special. I'd stick with wine and beer. Tart is a nice neighborhood restaurant with really charming decor, good food, and reasonable prices with big portions to share. 

Tart Restaurant
115 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 556-2608
Tart Restaurant on Urbanspoon


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