Walk-up Windows Are the New Food Trucks
Humble holes-in-the-wall are serving cheffy cuisine across L.A.
Seems like just yesterday we marveled at the novelty of standing in a crazy-long line, anxious to eat fusion cuisine from a four-wheeled purveyor. But lately, we’re following hungry foodies to walk-up windows for great dining.
Is this is a reflection of Los Angeles’s desire to prove itself as a pedestrian-friendly urban hub? Perhaps just a way to inject some edginess into lunches and dinner? We don’t know--but we’re loving everything--from morning coffee to spicy kebabs--that’s coming from these windows on the world. Check out five of them here.
Red Window Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee comes to the Valley at this little brick hutch on the side of the road. Walk over and order a flat white from the Aussie owners and take your drink and Gruyère pastry ($4) to a nearby wire-spindle table to enjoy.
Red Window Coffee, 12953 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; redwindowcoffee.com
Outside her sit-down restaurant Mud Hen Tavern, spice-loving chef Susan Feniger has this takeout window. Check out its delicious Asian street food menu right now, because everything?s $7 for six months only, and then she?ll introduce a whole new cuisine. But until February, get the whole Goghu chicken wings with hot sauce and scallion cream and the albacore-tuna poke with avocado.
Blue Window, 742B N. Highland Ave.; mudhentavern.com
At this takeout window, delectable paprika- and cumin-seasoned lamb, chicken and Halloumi cheese skewers (from $11) are cooked over hot coals; try them in a sandwich, or with some mejadra, a lentil, rice and yogurt mix ($6). Hours will expand, but for now it?s open only Wednesday through Saturday.
Moruno, Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St.; morunola.com or 323-933-9211
Not so much an actual window as a glassy box where there’s no place to sit, this spot offers next-level breakfast dining. The menu is a mix of sweet and savory pastries and a standout waffle piled with a strip of bacon and a poached egg.
Dinette, 1608 ½ Sunset Blvd.; 213-278-0301
Silicon Beach types can enjoy Rustic Canyon alum Samir Mohajer’s farm-to-table food at this Playa Vista spot. You order at one window and pick up from another. Don’t miss the daily special sandwiches, such as the albacore-tuna-salad sandwich ($13), the tomato and feta salad ($8) or the house-made mint iced tea ($3).
Cabbage Patch, 12531 Beatrice St.; 310-305-1547 or cabbagepatchla.com