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Ringing In Fall With Napa Valley Grille

Ringing In Fall With Napa Valley Grille

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I always love visiting Napa Valley Grille. I have fond memories of the eatery since it's the first place I had a kale salad that I couldn't stop thinking about. Plus, it's right next to UCLA where I did my undergrad where it was a Westwood must-visit. Who knew something healthy could taste so good? Seriously, if you haven't had NVG's kale salad stop what you are doing and go there right now! Because Napa Valley Grille constantly changes up their menu to use the freshest seasonal ingredients available, I find myself constantly returning to see what new dishes are in store. When I found out that NVG brought in a new executive chef, I knew I had to pay another visit.  As usual, I was not disappointed. Napa valley grille

Among this season’s new additions at Napa Valley Grille, Daou Vineyards Estate Mayote paso robles and Soul of a Lion cabernet sauvignon join the restaurant’s select California-centric wine list while blood orange margaritas made with house-infused tequila and exclusive four-glass flight from Asombroso tequila are highlights among new cocktail selections. The classics NVG is known for like their like the kale chopped salad are still on the menu and favorites like the braised short rib and scallops are complemented with seasonal produce. Their Happy Hour specials are still amazing. $4 for kale salad! Sorry I'm a bit obsessed. IMG_9039Napa Valley Grille has some of the tastiest bread a restaurant could offer. I could have eaten the bread as my entire meal. IMG_9095Just as I was about to order my trusty kale chopped salad, sous chef Kenny came to chat with me and hang out for a bit. He recommended trying the wedge salad. I was apprehensive. What could possibly be better than my kale chopped salad? Then he told me there was bacon on the wedge salad. Sold! I folded and I folded fast. The wedge salad with maytag blue cheese, heirloom cherry tomatoes, pickled red onions, and one manly chunk of grilled nueske bacon was spectacular. I could smell that piece of bacon from the next table over as the server as bringing it to the table. I'm also a blue cheese lover so it was perfect. The kale salad has some serious competition now. IMG_9063Since I opted to try a new salad, I really wanted to grab the NVG burger. The burger was packed with Snake River Farms kobe, smoked cheddar, brioche bun, and chimichurri fries. Yum! I'm drooling thinking about it right now. The best part of the burger was my burger was cooked to perfection! IMG_9087I know it's not for everyone, but I like my burgers and steaks cooked rare. I love the juiciness of the patty. Cooking something perfectly raw is a hard taste. It is really a testament to the chef's skill to be able to cook a great patty like this. At this point, I was so full. I had really wanted to order a cheeseboard. It sounded delicious. The cheese is served with truffle honey, strawberry mustard, and quince paste. Their Charcuterie Platter with house pickled vegetables, mustard, bresaola, chorizo, prosciutto, and finocchiona also made my mouth water. I guess I'll have to order it on my next trip. At this point Chef Bice came over and insisted I at least try some dessert before I left. He really twisted my arm. IMG_9104I ordered the Valrhona Chocolate Pudding, which was a brand new seasonal dessert that was just added to the menu a week ago! If you're a fan of chocolate, you will love this. The layers of chocolate are topped with salted caramel. The orange biscotti goes perfectly with it. 

If you haven't been to Napa Valley Grille yet, you need to get to Westwood Village stat! The restaurant has a rustic charm. It's like taking a mini vacation to Napa Valley without having to leave LA. To check out what I ate at my last visit, click here.

NAPA VALLEY GRILLE
1100 Glendon Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-3322

 

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