Vermont Kitchen & Bar – Los Feliz

Ahi Tuna Tacos

I just love getting out of the San Fernando Valley.  It’s been my home for over thirty years, but there is a wonderful world that exists beyond Ventura Boulevard. One of my favorite neighborhoods to go to is Los Feliz. It’s like being in a 1940’s film noir. A place where you might have expected to find Robert Mitchum walking the streets wearing a felt fedora. I love the architecture of this neighborhood, original 1930’s and 40’s buildings mixed in with 1970’s strip centers. I was spending the afternoon with my friends Amy and Gail and we decided to try out a place for lunch called Vermont Kitchen & Bar.

Vermont Kitchen & Bar

The restaurant has a very cool and funky vibe. The building is from the early 1940’s and had originally housed Sarno’s Bakery & Italian Restaurant. The interior has so much character with it’s exposed brick walls, arched ceilings and columns. For lunch they have a fairly large menu offering sandwiches, burgers, brick-oven flatbreads, salads and both large (entree size) and small plates. To start with, our server Cody suggested that we try the Ahi Tuna Tacos ($13), with cumin-avocado puree, jicama slaw and served in taro root shells. The dish comes with 6 small tacos which was perfect for three people to share.  I loved this dish; the ahi had tons of flavor and the taro root shells were a delicious departure from the more conventional tortillas. I will order this dish the next time I return.

Veggie Burger with grilled red onion, tomato, avocado and roasted red pepper sauce

For Gail, the vegetarian diner, we ordered the veggie burger ($11) with grilled red onion, tomato, avocado and roasted red pepper sauce. I split this with her, and I definitely did not miss the meat. The veggie patty was moist and the onions added a great layer of flavor. It also came with a little side salad.

Wild Forest Mushroom with sauteed leeks, cheese sauce, white truffle oil and parmigiano reggiano

Cody suggested that we try one of their brick-oven flatbreads and we chose the Wild Forest Mushroom ($14), with sauteed leeks, cheese sauce, white truffle oil and Parmigiano Reggiano. We all enjoyed the fresh and earthy combination of ingredients and they nailed the flatbread. It was a very satisfying dish.

Sweet Potato Fries & Hot and Skinny Fries

If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, then you know I order fries with every meal. We ordered the combination of sweet potato fries and hot and skinny fries ($6). These had a real kick to them, and I gotta say I loved ’em!

Vermont Kitchen & Bar 1714 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027 323-661-6163

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3 thoughts on “Vermont Kitchen & Bar – Los Feliz

  1. This sounds like another great adventure…I love your descriptions not only of the food, but the restaurant environment. If I get to Los Feliz I certainly will stop at the Vermont.

  2. My mouth is watering from your amazing photos and your delicious description of the food!
    Another beautiful review that shows how passionate you are about your blog.
    Love it!

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