LOS Angeles — It has been years since I had visited the state of California. Despite family living out this way, I was a kid the last time I had experienced the Cali lifestyle.
So, I was not totally surprised how much the place has changed. Yet, I wasn’t prepared to see more L.A. Clippers’ gear in stores than Lakers. It was a shock and that was before I even left the airport.
Once I got over that jolt, I got down to the business at hand of getting out into the world. The Hertz employee who rented me my vehicle told me of several places I have to visit while I was in town.
Aside from some landmarks, club venues and locales for great views, she said she knew about all of the great places to eat. She called them L.A. standards. I almost laughed when she said In-N-Out Burger. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that you can find those near any strip mall in Dallas.
Instead, I chose to have my first meal at Superba Food & Bread. It’s a small restaurant located in Venice Beach. It’s so out of the way it doesn’t even have a sign out front. Which is why I missed it three times going back and forth.
But the food was healthy and great. The appetizer include levain toast covered with white asparagus sorrel, baconaise, trufflebert and hazelnut. I have no idea what most of those ingredients were, but it was good. As was the leg of lamb.
I thought the place would be kind of pretentious and snobby. Glad I was wrong.
My waiter was a gentleman named Ian who told me he was born and raised in Seattle. When he found out I covered the Thunder, his smile dipped a little. Even after all these years, he says he can’t let go of the fact the Supersonics are no more.