Sunday, February 1, 2015

Twisted Mind

A La Brea bakery that’s anything but bland


Yeah, twists are awesome. The Empire Strikes BackFight Club, and The Usual Suspects would be nothing without them.

Not surprising that Hollywood's tricks are rubbing off on our food, too.
Introducing Twist, a former La Brea auto body shop turned eatery smack dab in the middle of the healthy lifestyle gentrification movement (Clover is next door and yoga, Crossfit, and pilates studios abound).
The first twist: Where you once took in your flat-tired lemon, you can now walk into a lemon-yellow-splashed happy place with sky-high ceilings.

The second twist: You're going to want eat dessert first, choosing your favorite from a counter that’s Utopia for pastry lovers. Look no further than the Twist Tops, made from a secret French recipe, in flavors from dulce de leche to fudge cream cheese. Cue your flashback of Elaine Benes’ obsession with muffin tops.
More twists from the kitchen: the salmon bowl gets amped up by Moroccan spices, the pulled brisket sandwich is topped with roasted tomatoes and horseradish crème fraiche, and the chicken sandwich is marinated in a mustard-tarragon sauce, then slapped with Havarti and onion jam.

Yup, it's the best of both worlds. Twists aplenty, yet not an M. Night Shyamalan in sight.

Twist Eatery
344 S. La Brea (at W. 3rd), Mid-City
(323) 938-9478

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Metered street
Scene: Models-slash-yogis, local suits on lunch break, neighbors
Best bets: Chicken sandwich, twist tops
Hot seat: One of the two two-tops outside
Nearby: Clover; Tinga; Sycamore Kitchen

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