Olive & Thyme

I recently stumbled on a little slice of New York masquerading as a gourmet market and wine bar right here in LA: Olive & Thyme, in Toluca Lake.  I'd been for breakfast and adored their yummy breakfast paninis (particular the Farmhouse Panini with applewood smoked bacon and white cheddar), but it wasn't until a Friday night that I experienced the true heart & soul of the place ... which feels influenced by Manhattan.  

With its marble bar, sweets display cabinet and eclectic epicurean pantry, it feels like the kind of place you end up at after a long day of walking the city — like Casellula in NYC, only more casual and rustic Californiam.  Having popped in after a disappointing meal nearby (I wish we'd just gone to O&T first), my friend Lisa and I decided to get a glass of wine and something sweet to round out an exhausting week. 

It was burger night, we learned, and from the smells and happy, boisterous patrons, it seems they do burgers right (next time I'll skip the crappy Mexican and head here instead).  As for us, it was a glass of Prosecco and Strawberry Rhubarb pie.  Tart, sweet, flaky, amazing.  I would go back in a minute for it.  That or their selection of fine cheeses, salts and flavored oils.  Eatery + market = genius.


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