742 North Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Parking: Limited neighborhood parking, $8 valet (behind the restaurant before 7 pm)
Time: 5-7pm (M-Th); 12pm-7pm (Fri)
Drink Deals: $5 Global cocktails, wines, and beer
Food Deals: N/A
Life on the Street… Susan Feniger’s Street has re-structured its Happy Hour menu by lowering the price points on its re-designed food menu and removing the Happy Hour-priced small plates. Happy Hour drink deals remain the same ($5 specialty cocktails).
The food prices are definitely more budget friendly if you’re having a dinner, but we are sorry to see the specially priced Happy Hour food items go. The good news is that the food + drink are still superb. Inspired by the flavorful cuisines of her international travels, Feniger has crafted an awesome menu of small plates from which we sampled the:
Edamame Hummus on Crispy Papadum Chips ($5) – Yay budget friendly Small Plate, nice Happy Hour style appetizer!
Mung Bean Pancake w/ scallion, kimchi, and shiitake ($8) – Savory and sweet and full of flavor, very tasty
Warm Halloumi Cheese Salad w/ with freshly grilled Treviso, Citrus, and Honey Thyme Vinaigrette ($9) – Terrific textures and flavors
Kaya Toast – Toast with Coconut Jam, served with an Over-Easy Egg, Dark Soy, and White Pepper ($12) – Apparently a Singaporean hangover cure, this terrific combination of sweet and savory is one of Street’s trademarks
Tataki Salmon – Marinated and seared Salmon Over Mixed Greens, Avocado, and Pink Peppercorn w/ miso Mustard vinaigrette ($12) – Flavorful and big enough to be served as an entree
The drinks are pretty swell too – for our first, JG tried the Cali Mojo, made from Red Wine + Coke, an afternoon pick-me-up drink from Spain, which we also heard is a great way to get rid of red wines that aren’t your favorites. The Cali Mojo wasn’t quite my cup of wine (+ coke), so I had the Tom Collins – here made with vodka instead of gin, and in this trip, made with oranges instead of limes. Very refreshing and probably went down a little too easy!
Cali-Mojo and her good friend, Sir Tom Collins
For our 2nd drink, we tried a secret cocktail not on the menu, the on-the-menu Arnold Palmer with the addition of Tequila. Even more refreshing and potent, a terrific warm, lazy afternoon cocktail!
Alcoholic Arnold Palmer (aka EctoCooler!)
The not-so-good news – the service was slow as molasses. Full disclosure: we were guests of Street’s PR company and even with that bonus, we still had a very difficult time getting served. The order above took about 2 hours to have served and other folks seemed to be waiting even longer. Granted, it was Tax Day and Street was offering a Tax Day (April 17th) special of Street Burgers for $4.17, but I don’t think that many of Street’s clientele would trip over themselves to save $8 on a burger.
Still, Street’s food is great and offers a nice little dining trip around the world in one airy setting in a central Highland Ave. location; we definitely think it’s worth a visit!
Rating: 3.5 Martinis