Health food with cocktail chasers in Venice
Love dining out but weary of finding anything within your dietary restrictions? Prepare to have your organic cotton socks blown off. Abbot Kinney?s new Feed Body & Soul has delicious options for everyone from vegans and gluten-free types to pork lovers and cocktail snobs.
Even before you get to the food, the look of the place satisfies, thanks to designer DeeAnna Staats's airy interior. It?s Parisian chic, including a square marble bar and a covered back patio with distressed mirrors and black-lacquered surfaces.
Chef Matthew Dickson (formerly of Malo) hews to the fresh-and-local orthodoxy but in an especially creative way. Small plates include handmade pickled veggies--we devoured the sunchoke, garlic, rosemary and lime ($5). They complement the sampler platter ($12) of vegetable spreads featuring cauliflower-sweet-onion-walnut and sweet-potato-pecan-squash, each served with flatbread crackers. These items, like 30 percent of the menu, are labeled ?GF? for gluten-free.
But it?s not all virtue here. French rotisserie chicken and pork loin entrées are juicy and delicious, and mixologist Marcos Tello (formerly of the Edison) crafts cocktails like the Bee?s Knees, made of liquor distilled from honey and organic lemon ($12).
Feed Body & Soul, 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-450-5550 or feedbodyandsoul.com