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Reviewed: Brunch at Terrine

In typical fashion, I arrived at Terrine about 15-minutes prior to our noon reservation, as I like to take that slice of "me time" to pony up to the bar and order a drink, study the menu(s), chat with the bartender, and absorb the restaurant's atmosphere, vibe, and design...
With an impressive space large enough to boast a full bar - plus a sizable outdoor patio - Terrine offers a dining enclave for everyone. Exposed brick, an expansive copper-topped bar, high ceilings giving way to two walls of windows, plus shabby-chic mismatched silver and tableware truly evoke the feeling and aesthetic of a France-by-way-of-California "brasserie."

With 10-minutes to spare, I snagged a highly-coveted bar stool and ordered a Winter Champagne Cocktail. Crafted with hand-chipped ice, bubbly, and a "winter fruit" liquor, the beverage was crowned with a fragrant slice of orange rind prior to presentation.

Carmen arrived promptly at noon and we were immediately whisked to a table.
To begin, we chose to split an order of the Avocado Toast. Heavily-buttered, grilled country bread was liberally topped with chopped avocado, briny capers, tarragon "salsa verde," crunchy Maldon sea salt, olive oil and Meyer lemon, and paper-thin radish slices. The potpourri of contrasting flavors and textures was absolutely incredible!

While awaiting the arrival of our entrees, my second cocktail arrived. The Lime Daiquiri's famous trinity of fresh ingredients - sugar, rum, lime juice - melded together in perfect harmony.

With so many delicious-sounding entrees on the menu, I was completely overwhelmed and asked that our server "surprise me" with one of her favorites. She presented me with the Spicy Fried Chicken + Grits.
Encircled by a sweet and savory moat filled with butter-thinned maple syrup and coarsely-ground grits were two pieces of "spicy" fried chicken. While I thoroughly enjoyed the accoutrement, I did not find the batter on the fried chicken to be spicy in the least and, to add further disappointment, there was barely any edible meat/flesh.

From their cocktail program, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great indoor/outdoor atmosphere, and food, I was very impressed with Terrine...and I say that aside from the disappointing fried chicken and the fact that I walked away from our meal slightly hungry! In all seriousness, though, I have not experienced such intense flavors (fried chicken aside) since dining in San Francisco and NYC!

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Lindsay, www.TheLunchBelle.com

Feb 26, 2015
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terroni

Hence why I prefer the downtown location. Beverly was beyond loud and the service sucked.

Dec 05, 2014
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terroni

The downtown location is quite lovely and very different, aesthetically, than Fairfax. I much prefer it, actually.

Dec 05, 2014
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terroni

Which location did you go to?

Dec 04, 2014
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LA's Oldest Still-Thriving Restaurants

LOVE Nate 'N Al!

Dec 04, 2014
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Birthday Recommendations?

Ah ok, you're in Vegas. You guys have pretty much EVERYTHING, so I will defer to my fellow 'Hounders for the best local recs.

Dec 03, 2014
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Birthday Recommendations?

Where are you "coming back home" from? What are your cuisines of preference? Happy early bday!

Dec 02, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

Lolololololol!! Oh MAN. I seriously don't know what I would do if one of those shops was by my office. It would be worse that it already is!!!!

Dec 01, 2014
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Is Sotto still great....I'm hearing pretty mixed comments?

I wasn't *that* impressed with Sotto. I enjoy Terroni for their pizzas and pasta, though their stringent "no modifications" policy gets super annoying.
Are there any particular dishes you're looking for beyond pizza?

Dec 01, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

Damn - I wish I had seen this earlier! :/ I ended up grabbing a pecan pie at Bristol Farms while I was there picking up my bird.
I will say, though, that I had a cherry pie earlier last week from "Sweet Lady Jane," and it was off-the-charts amazing. I have to try Cake Monkey next!

Dec 01, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

...and I love the name "Homeboy Bakery!" Thanks!

Nov 18, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

Thanks!

Nov 17, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

Thanks!

Nov 17, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

Thank you!

Nov 14, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

BRILLIANT idea! Thank you :)

Nov 14, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

Thanks everyone!

Nov 14, 2014
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Best pecan pie in LA?

Help!!
I'm hosting Thanksgiving at my place this year and won't have enough time to make a pecan pie. Please lead me to the tastiest one in town.
Thanks in advance...

Nov 13, 2014
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Lunch in Newport Beach

The Bungalow

Sep 22, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

What did you order? Thanks Oracle!

Sep 19, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica location)

Yum! No, but I will put it on the list. Thanks Kevin!

Sep 19, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica location)

Encinitas, down by San Diego.

Sep 19, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica location)

Thanks for the rec, jesse! Will do.

Sep 19, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica location)

Thanks jesse. I'm looking for hard shelled tacos similar to a place in Encinitas called "Juanita's Taco Shop." Not sure if you're familiar but, damn, they're solid.
This picture doesn't do the taco justice, but you should be able to kind of get the jist...

Sep 19, 2014
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Tacos Por Favor (Santa Monica location)

After enjoying a few too many cocktails, I was craving some sober-me-up fare. As Mexican is my comfort food, I headed to the closest "hole in the wall" spot I could find. With the positive reviews I had read about Tacos Por Favor, I figured that I was in good hands...
Service aside - because everyone who worked there was lovely - I was pretty disappointed with my meal. Granted, the hard taco shell was homemade, but the beef that it enveloped was cubed; not shredded, like the employee who took my order had promised. The red sauce on my cheese enchiladas tasted like ketchup, and the jamoncillo was dry, as was the cinnamon/sugar cookie. Sigh, at least the Mexican Coke was satisfying.
On to the next!

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

Thanks, will do. I moved from NYC about 3.5 months ago, so I'm always on the prowl for good Italian and pizza!

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

What did you order, JL? Did you have a pizza, by chance?

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

Thanks, Haeldaur! It was quite a tasty meal.

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

Yes, I totally agree. It's not "destination worthy" if you don't live/work near the restaurant. But next time I'm in the area and craving pizza, I will definitely return. I look forward to trying Factory Kitchen; I've heard really good things!
Thanks yogachik :)

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

Agreed, pizza was really, really delicious. But the fact that we had to cut it ourselves made for some sloppy slices and uneven portions.
I look forward to trying Bestia in the future!
Thanks for your response, John!

Sep 19, 2014
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Terroni (downtown) reviewed

I thought the pizza was pretty dynamite. What have you had there?

Sep 18, 2014
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