When I first moved to LA in 2006, I lived on Blackburn Avenue right behind W. 3rd street.  Little Next Door was always one of my favorite go-tos for a quality coffee or brunch on the patio.  I have lived in several neighborhoods since, but always think fondly on my first LA stomping grounds.  I recently had a great reason to go back for a visit: Little Next Door has debuted their winter menu.  I was delighted to give it a try and report back to you!

For Starters...

Baby Kale and Quinoa Salad
Pomegranate, Persimmons, Candied Ginger
Hello, I would like to introduce you to the only salad I want to eat for the rest of the Winter.  I am the first to admit I'm not a Kale worshipper, but, who ever massaged these greens did a tremendous job because I could not stop scooping them into my mouth.  Persimmons definitely don't get enough time in the spotlight and this salad was the perfect way to showcase their meaty flesh and sweetness.  The dressing coated each bite with lemon and earthiness.  So, so tasty.  More please!

Roasted Curried Cauliflower
Currants, Toasted Almonds, Organic Yogurt
Anything that's prepared with curry will most likely be something I'll love.  It's my very favorite spice.  I was excited to see it on this menu.  I'm not one that gravitates toward cauliflower, but eating it this way was something I could get used to.  The tart yogurt was a nice addition.  I loved swirly each spicy bite through its cool creaminess. 

Potato Gnocchi
Gorgonzola Cream, Walnuts 
This sounds like a dish that you could take one bite of and be full.  The truth is, it's so good that taking one bite is impossible.  For me, gnocchi offers the same comfort as Macaroni.  This dish was like a very sophisticated, rich, and adult Mac n' Cheese.  The walnuts added great crunchy contrast to the soft gnocchi.

Main Dish...

Roasted Organic Chicken
Cornbread-Wild Mushroom Stuffing, Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Pecan, Sage
I couldn't get enough of this stuffing...the bird was good too, but the stuffing really stood out to me.  Sage was the perfect herb to blend in.  I really just wanted to ask for a big bowl of stuffing to eat with a spoon, but I restrained myself...maybe I won't next time...

Roasted Pork Chop
Mustard Smoked Garlic Sauce, Olive Oil Potato Mash, Brussels Sprouts
This was the dish that stole my heart.  It had been awhile since I had eaten a nicely prepared pork chop on a restaurant menu.  I feel like you don't see it as often as you used to, unless you're at a chop house obviously.  The pork was so full of flavor, especially those nibbles clinging to the bone.  Tender too, and juicy.  It was the most comforting plate I had eaten in awhile, hitting the spot on that chilly night!  If you order this, you will have no regrets.

Before the temperatures rise to above sixty-five degrees, take advantage of this menu.  You will feel warmed up, soothed and well-fed throughout your body and spirit.  Don't forget to save room for the delicious pastries.  Macarons anyone? 

Rating: XXX

Little Next Door
8142 West 3rd Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323.951.1010
www.littlenextdoor.com

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