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Sometimes you get the feeling that the owners of Nook are running less an American bistro than a joke about an American bistro. As faithfully as they reproduce the fundamentals of the kinds of fancily unfancy restaurants that pepper every urban neighborhood from San Diego to Augusta, Maine, they are also poking fun at them with every dried-cranberry garnish and each day-boat scallop, each obscure Belgian beer and each boutique Oregon Pinot Noir, each crusty roast chicken and dish of iconic macaroni and cheese. Almost every aspect of the restaurant, from its double-height communal table to the admonition on the menu that cell-phone use interferes with the controls on the deep fryer, is as ironically pitch-perfect as the Neil Diamond songs on a Silver Lake DJ’s iPod. See full review.
Hidden in the SE corner of a strip mall on the "ugly" stretch of Santa Monica Blvd that runs through West LA, Nook would be easy to miss. But if you're in the area, I highly recommend trying their foodie, seasonal menu. The small plates and sides are larger portions than you would expect based on their prices. Great dinner salad (greens, beets, rosemary, goat cheese, candied pecans and cranberries), mac & cheese, and pork belly, among others.
Photos by Anne FishbeinAt Nook, a newish bistro in the badlands west of the Nuart, tiny bowls of boiled peanuts show up at the beginning of the meal where you might expect bread and butter, and there is no getting over the shock of the things —... More »
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