Ah, summer: balmy nights at the Hollywood Bowl, Malibu beach days and long plane flights. That?s a lot of prep, so we?re relieved to have someone else feed us on the go: star chef Suzanne Goin.
At the just-opened The Larder at Burton Way, Goin?s boxed lunches burst with Continental élan. The Young Frenchman ($24) was plenty for two: a thin ficelle baguette, which we opted to fill with creamy d?Affinois cheese, watercress and apple (it can also be ordered with prosciutto, butter and radish). It comes with spicy roasted cauliflower and marinated beet salads, sweet-potato chips and cookies.
There are other two-person boxed lunches: a serving of slow-roasted salmon and cucumber yogurt ($24), or a cheese and charcuterie assortment rich with walnuts, Marcona almonds and mixed olives ($29). Picking up lunch is a treat in itself--there?s free garage parking and a gourmet food shop where we ogled a two-pound block of Spanish chocolate ($25).
A budget tip: Save sommelier Caroline Styne?s more pricey wines for a special occasion--instead stop at the Trader Joe?s next door and pick up a bottle of affordable-but-tasty Two Buck Chuck.
The Larder at Burton Way, 8500 Burton Way; 310-278-8060 or larderatburtonway.com