Supporting our local eateries one restaurant at a time. This month’s chapter of sustainable eats focuses on Forage, a small but mighty farm-to-table restaurant located in Los Angeles, California. Explore today’s “To Eat: Forage” restaurant experience below.
Forage is a small family owned farm-to-table restaurant. The Forage Family team up with local urban growers and farmers to get their fresh produce each season. Their food features specialty cafeteria style dishes with more than cafeteria inspired ingredients.
Walking into the restaurant you are enveloped in its fresh, sunny, and tranquil atmosphere. The place is heavily brighten with natural lighting and the big windows allow breathing space in the small dining hallway.
Now the menu; the menu is very small and simple. You can order ready-made dishes (cafeteria style) by the portions behind a glass divider or made-to-order dishes on their ever-changing menu. If you cafeteria style it, you pay for each side you get with protein being at an extra cost. I love that each meal was specially made with fresh seasonal produce. It made for a very healthy and delicious meal.
I got the ready-made Grilled Salmon with the kale salad and a portion of grilled broccoli. Vivian got the made-to-order Salumi Eggs Benedict.
JENNIFER: “Veggies and fish. What could be so special about that right? Everything. I’m not a huge fan of kale, but for some strange reason, my stomach called out for it that day — and I’m glad it did. The kale was seasoned with an addicting lemon dressing, topped with copious amounts of feta cheese. It was the perfect combination to my light and flaky grilled salmon (as all salmon should be). And the broccoli! I like my vegetables slightly cooked and extra crunchy. Somehow, Forage got it just right with the perfect balance of texture and taste. I left feeling full and happy (and healthy!). Getting your kids to eat their veggies should be a breeze if you eat here.”
VIVIAN: “When I was looking at the dishes behind the glass divider, the salumi Eggs Benedict immediately caught my eyes. It was only a display, but I was already drooling looking at it. I eagerly waited and when the plate came out, the presentation was beautiful: two french breads topped with corn avocado mash, slow-cooked eggs and salumi (Italian cold cut), drenched in a chimichurri hollandaise sauce. Everything tasted amazing together. It had the perfect mix of tanginess from the sauce, saltiness from the salumi, and crunchiness from the french bread. My favorite part? Cutting into the eggs and watching the yolk ooze slowly down the entire dish. What sets this upscale Eggs Benedict apart from the rest is the unique ingredients and preparation that Forage puts into it. Somehow, they manage to fully compliment each different flavor so well together. It really showed the level of care and expertise that Forage puts into their food. In the end, I was definitely one happy, satisfied customer.”
Besides the food, another thing we loved was the use of glass cups rather than plastic or styrofoam cups for self serve water. This definitely stood out to us since a lot of restaurants don’t offer that. Another plus for dining at Forage!
Overall, I really enjoyed my meal here at Forage. Every dish here is simple, fresh, and healthy — but each dish was carefully crafted to bring out the natural flavors of the ingredients. It was even better tasting knowing that we were helping to support local farmers — which is good for the planet and our body. Although on the pricer side (sigh, cons of living in LA), the next time you find yourself in Los Angeles, consider giving Forage a try.