Gjusta in Venice, Los Angeles

smoked fish plate, chef’s choice at gjusta in venice, los angeles

If Russ & Daughters ever packed her bags for a new life in California, her West Coast version of herself would be Gjusta, a laid-back deli and bakery in Venice. Gone are the high strung New Yorkers fighting for a table, replaced by people who don’t seem too stressed about anything, much less finding a place to sit down and eat. Maybe it’s because a lot of them aren’t working, as I noted on a Friday afternoon the large number of people who were here and not working at some sort of day job. No wonder everyone is so happy out West.Read More

Russ and Daughters Cafe Re-Review: Still Good

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Whenever I want to bring out-of-town guests to a very “New York” type of restaurant, I always take them to Russ and Daughters Cafe. It’s historic, having operated since 1914, and they preserve the look and feel of that era with the attractively retro decor that looks like something out of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” or “Mad Men”. And more importantly, the food is great–think traditional Jewish deli foods like latkes, matzo ball soup and smoked fish spreads. The only downside is that for brunch, the restaurant only takes walk-ins, and you’re guaranteed to wait for at least an hour. But I say it’s worth the wait. Suck it up, put your name down, get coffee somewhere else, and come back when you get that wonderful text saying your table is ready.Read More