When Blue Cow Kitchen opened in Downtown LA’s Filast month, it wasn’t so much an addition as an evolution. The restaurant was created by Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen–the partnership that brought us casual artisinal sandwich chain (and DTLA catering mainstay) Mendocino Farms–and one can’t help but think of Blue Cow Kitchen as Mendocino all grown up.
The interior design is reminiscent of Mendocino Farms and the menu includes the requisite imaginitive sandwiches stacked with gourmet meats and toppings, and this restaurant clearly shares Mendocino’s tried and true commitment to organic, farm-fresh ingredients–a quick trip to their website confirms their dedication to supporting local, sustainable farms and artisans. There’s talk that it will serve as a sort of test kitchen, with the best sandwiches (created by a rotation of guest chefs) to be featured on Mendocino Farms menus.
It’s Blue Cow’s expanded menu–and full bar(!)–as well as dinner hours that take it into new territory–and what delicious territory it is. The dinner menu features classy mainstays like steak frites ($19) alongside two types of house-made sausage and a variety of soups, salads & sandwiches. There’s a wide (and creative) selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including a Root “Beer” Float (zaya rum, straffe hendrick quadruple ale, art in the age root liqueur, sasparilla whipped cream, $8).
From the looks of this menu and the enthusiastic reviews we’ve heard so far, Blue Cow Kitchen is going to be a great addition to Bunker Hill and the DTLA restaurant scene! Have you tried it? Let us know in the comments!
Blue Cow kitchen is ocated on the Lower Plaza Level of the Two California Plaza, Bunker Hill: 350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071.