Hot New Restaurant -- Muddy Leek
THR’s pick of the week for industry dining brings fresh takes on farm-to-table fare to Culver City’s Arts District.
The Quick Pitch: This clean-lined, organically inclined culinary destination – along the corridor of eastern Culver City studded with so many galleries and architecture firms – makes all of the right-thinking moves. Ingredients are sourced locally, seemingly everything is conjured in-house and the on-trend gastropub grub isn’t afraid to go global. (See: the Koreatown-inspired spicy chicken jjigae soup served with kimchi and poached egg.) Thus far mostly under-the-radar, the cooking is reliably precise and on-point, whether juniper-venison medallions with braised bacon-sweet potato hash or winter squash gnocchi.
The Insider’s Dish: Co-owners Whitney Flood and Julie Retzlaff previously built a following with underground dinners, as well as their catering company Bon Melange, which has worked with clients ranging from Steven Bochco’s production banner to Google.
The Must-Order Item: An offering of chanterelle mushrooms and eggs with pan-roasted Kabocha squash and pomegranate molasses.
The Industry Neighbors: Sony Pictures and Anonymous Content.
8631 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.838.2281, muddyleek.com