SPOONFUL RESTAURANT… “Bringing Southern Cuisine & Moonshine to Los Angeles!”

On our last visit to Spoonful in West Los Angeles, California, my husband and I arrived late in the evening. We had been entertaining friends, and felt the urge to leave our abode after the final goodbyes had been extended and last guest had departed from our front drive. There’s no doubt that it was fun. However, we decided to drive over the hill to a little casual and comforting establishment on Cahuenga Boulevard called Spoonful for a cocktail at the bar and see what we could find out about the place.

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The former Henry’s Hat location had been transformed into a comforting casual space filled with dim lighting and graced with industrial-esque décor with hints of the South seamlessly intertwined. Inviting window tables allowed for more private conversation or an intimate dinner overlooking the Boulevard. A chalkboard covering a door behind the bar displayed the daily cocktail special, and the exposed brick and angled mirrors in the restaurant revealed how truly charming this local eatery had been crafted into. Private rooms tucked away revealed almost romantic drinking areas as well, however, we chose to sit right up front and center at the bar.

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The Pig Skin Cocktail

The Pig Skin cocktail was one spectacular beverage. For under $8, I indulged in this eye-catching, flavorful, unique libation hand shaken in front of us by our bartender. Made with Red Label Johnny Walker, ginger ale, and lemon juice, this tasty liquefied treat was then rimmed with crushed bacon creating not only a visually appealing adult beverage, but a tasty one as well.

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Midnight Moonlight Cocktail

My husband tried the Midnight Moonlight cocktail. Hold on to your hats with this concoction of apple pie flavored moonshine, Stoli Vodka, and ginger beer! That’s right! We said moonshine! (This one’s legal!) We loved the method of serving this potent drink in a mason jar with a slice of Granny Smith apple as a garnish!

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Speaking of garnishes…and infusion ingredients, the plethora of bright and vibrant colors from the stunning yellows of lemons to the unending shades of green from okra to green beans to halved limes to fresh basil created an array of vibrant colors across one side of the bar. There’s nothing quite like an establishment that prides itself on fresh ingredients used in house to dazzle customers. It makes for a beautiful display as well.

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When driving down Cahuenga Boulevard in the Studio City area of Los Angeles, stop at Spoonful for a few custom cocktails and tasty bites along the way to your destination. You’ll be happy you gave it a try, and you’ll more than likely be back for more once you give it a chance.

  • ESTABLISHMENT / DECOR: Suttle signs of the South touch every part of this eatery. From the larger than life silver spoon hanging predomenently above the bar to the fresh libations being crafted with multiple variations of moonshine, to the comforting and casual seating arrangements and dim lighting throughout the locale, you will feel as though you’ve left L.A. and escaped somewhere to the southern portion of the country where lazy rivers drift past and ages old oak trees are cause to stop and take a moment or two to just enjoy the moment.
  • FOOD / DRINK: We indulged in drinks only on this visit to Spoonful, however after speaking with General Manager, Mark Turocy, we discovered that some specific favorites of the eatery are the Braised Pork Belly, the Fried Chicken Dinner with Mac & Cheese (the best around according to Mark), and the Shrimp and Grits, all of which we will try on our next trip in.
  • LOCATION: Spoonful is located at 3413 Cahuenga Boulevard in West Los Angeles, CA 90065 in the former Henry’s Hat location.
  • HOURS: Spoonful is available for service Monday through Thursday from 11:30 AM until 11 PM, on Friday and Saturdays from 11:30 AM to 12 Midnight, and on Sundays from 10 AM through 11 PM. Weekend Brunch is also available Sundays from 10:30 AM to 4 PM, while Happy Hour is offered daily in the bar area from 4 PM to 7 PM with an ample selection of $3 beer, drinks, wine, and food. (*The Spoonful kitchen closes one hour prior to the posted closing times each day.)
  • SERVICE / STAFF: Friendly and personable, always a smile on everyone’s face at any given time, and pleasant customer service with a helpful influence.
  • PRICE / VALUE: Fair pricing during Happy Hour with great deals on both drinks and food daily, and reasonable prices listed for main courses.
  • CORKAGE FEE: $15 per 750mL bottle.
  • PARKING: We took advantage of the metered street parking available along Cahuenga Boulevard.
  • PRICING: The Pig Skin cocktail came in at an easy $7, while my husband’s Midnight Moonlight Cocktail was a pleasing $12.

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* Menu and prices subject to change without notice.

MARSHSIDE MAMA’S WATERFRONT CAFE… “Rustic Dining On the River!”

Have you ever traveled to your dining destination via a relaxing cruise with friends on a pontoon boat? Also known as ‘party boats’, these leisure vehicles are very popular in the south and allow for hours of fun under the sun with friends and family or cruising along just before sunset to take in the evening’s palate of colors. We recently accompanied friends on a ritual ride to Daufuskie (pronounced ‘duh-fuss-key’) Island in South Carolina ourselves and enjoyed a local eatery called Marshside Mama’s!

Part of the charm of Marshside Mama’s is just getting there. Accessible only by water if you don’t live on the island, our group left from one of the Hilton Head Island marinas and crossed the Calibogue Sound anticipating the traditional southern fare served here. Daufuskie Island is an undeveloped residential sea island located between Savannah, GA and Hilton Head Island, SC that still maintains its natural charm. Roughly eight square miles of southern tranquility, the island offers a lighthouse built in 1873, rare tabby ruins, historic graveyards and many more unique sites one can visit while here. Daufuskie Island happily welcomes visitors and tourists alike to tour the island.

I snapped several photos of the view on our serene boat ride from one island to the next. I really enjoyed the untouched attributes this island has to offer. Also serving as inspiration to local artists and writers alike, Daufuskie Island gained national recognition as the setting of Pat Conroy’s novel The Water Is Wide in 1972. Additionally, the island was named a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places due to its Gullah and Civil War history.

Once we docked our watercraft, we walked along the dock and arrived at Marshside Mama’s. Massive moss-strewn oaks hovered overhead and the view of the surrounding marsh was just stunning from our table. We met a few visitors and chatted with several locals we knew as well. After our party enjoyed a few refreshing cocktails, we were ready to dine at this casual boater-friendly locale.

The menu at Marshside Mama’s is simple. There are no frills here. But then again, there don’t have to be. The enchantment and fascination of the environment is enough extravagance for anyone. The above poster board sized sign is given to the table and passed around for diners to choose their selections. This menu changes daily, and offered us many items from Shrimp and Grits to fresh Carolina seafood choices to BBQ Baby Back Ribs.

How huge is this salad! This was great. Comprised of crisp lettuces, locally-grown tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, sliced carrots and a delectable vinaigrette, this basin of happiness was devoured in no time as we waited for our remaining orders to arrive…

Marshside Mama’s House Salad

The Spinach and Artichoke Dip was sensational. Creamy and lighter-tasting than other traditional dips of the same name, I literally could have eaten an entire bowl of this myself…

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Behold…the BEST gumbo I ever remember having in my entire life! Having lived in the South for most of my life, that’s saying a lot.  I’m not sure what went into this dish besides tender loving care, but whatever it was I would like the recipe please! Seriously.

Seafood Gumbo

When in the South, Shrimp and Grits are a popular favorite. There are several variations to this southern delight. This version above was by far one of my favorite preparations that I’ve had in a long time, however…

Marshside Mama’s Shrimp & Grits

The Grilled Mahi Mahi & Shrimp plate was another alternative. Cooked to perfection, this moderately-flavored flaky fish was enhanced with fresh jumbo shrimp, a side of white rice, a lemon wedge and garnished with a sprinkling of green onions…

Grilled Mahi Mahi & Shrimp

Goodbye, Daufuskie Island! Above, the wake behind our boat as we headed back to the Hilton Head Island marina as I watched Daufuskie island slowly disappear in the distance. Below, the evening’s approach as the sun began to set.

We really enjoyed our visit to Marshside Mama’s. It was nice to let our hair down, settle back and to not have to be concerned about just being ourselves with good friends, great food and the sound of the tide washing against the banks of Daufuskie Island.

  • ESTABLISHMENT / DECOR: The beachy decor will force you to relax and remember that you came here to do just that! Don’t expect white tablecloths and a sommelier’s wine suggestions because you won’t find that here. What you will find is a local boater’s abode with a friendly essence and an overpowering sense of island life. Plastic chairs and tablecloths at the tables, hovering southern oaks overhead, a couple of canines from local residents roaming around and a full bar attached to the main building all combine to equal one thing…fun! Don’t let the relaxed casual ambiance discourage you, because you would only be missing out a great and memorable experience!
  • FOOD / DRINK:  Marshside Mama’s offers a full bar and a southern-style menu with local favorites and traditional choices. You just can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here.
  • LOCATION: Marshside Mama’s is only accessible by water for non-residents, and is located at 15 Haig Point Road on Daufuskie Island, SC 29915.
  • HOURS: Don’t forget to call for reservations at this island eatery. Despite what you may think about it’s casual ambiance and laid-back feel, the restaurant does book up for lunch and dinner quickly due to it’s popularity. Closed on Mondays, Marshside Mama’s is open for lunch Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 3 PM and on Sundays from noon to 5 PM. Dinner is served Wednesdays through Saturdays from 6 PM to 10 PM.
  • SERVICE / STAFF: Efficient, friendly and they seem to enjoy what they’re doing.
  • PRICE / VALUE: Price concerns are not an option here. We were very satisfied with what we paid for what we received.
  • CORKAGE FEE: $15 per bottle.
  • CONTACT INFO: Phone: (843) 785 – 4755, Website: www.marshsidemamas.com. (Don’t forget to call ahead for reservations, to see what’s on the menu board and to check if there are any private parties going on before you visit.)
  • PARKING: Just pull your watercraft up to the dock outside of Marshside Mama’s, tie up and forget about everything!
  • TOTAL BILL: Our total bill came in just over $70 (including tax) for three main entrees, the Spinach and Artichoke Dip, a large salad for the table and a few drinks. Not bad at all!

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