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Avocados are in season now, and farmers?-market tables are heaped high with them. Ninety-five percent of the U.S. crop is from southern California so for us, this healthful, satisfying fruit is plentiful and affordable.

Lately, we?ve been obsessing about a dish that makes the most of these green goodies: avocado toast. (We?re not the only ones who love it--Gwyneth Paltrow includes a recipe for it in her new book.) We?ve discovered it at Goldie?s, a new West Third Street restaurant with a casual ambiance and simply prepared, delicious fare. Operated by Aussie restaurateur Nick Mathers of French-inflected Eveleigh, Goldie?s feels like a cool Bondi Beach café, with a whitewashed patio, sunny interior and midcentury-modern-influenced decor. 

But back to that toast: It?s gently charred French bread, baptized with lemon and topped with an inch-thick layer of avocado dusted with chili flakes ($8). Other delights include an egg-and-sun-dried-tomato breakfast roll the size of your head ($6) and a chicken salad with mâche and chicken confit ($14). Dinnertime brings leg of lamb with yogurt ($24) and hand-cut tagliatelle with crab ($16). And weekend brunch is a fun scene right out of La Dolce Vita

We?ll toast to that. 

Goldie?s, 8422 W. Third St.; 323-677-2470 or

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