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Blue Cow Kitchen

Upscale farm-to-table haven

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An affordable ($11-30) new american restaurant with organic meat, flexitarian, vegetarian, & vegan options in (Downtown)

Mon-Fri: 11:30am-10pm Sat: 5pm-10pm

213 621-2249

www.bluecowkitchen.com/

350 S Grand Ave.

Review By Laura Mordas-Schenkein

Blue Cow is the slightly more formal, sit-down sister restaurant to Mendocino Farms gourmet sandwich shop, and since we’re keen on their organic, artisanal approach to sandwich-making, we were thrilled to experience a wider menu.

Blue Cow’s inventive sandwiches don’t disappoint—the droves of office lunch breakers who migrate here from the surrounding high rise buildings for their gourmet sandwich fix are a testament to that. But we’re equally excited by the salad, entrée and veggie side offerings, which change seasonally.

Take, for example, the scrumptious curried cauliflower, which pairs roasted cauliflower with Singaporean-style curry, garbanzo beans and curry pickles on house-made naan. It’s a vegetarian dish good enough to make carnivores envious.

Meatier plates like roasted chicken, grilled salmon and braised short ribs come with a choice of hot or cold veggie side. With seasonal cocktails and craft beers, it’s no wonder those lunch breakers return for happy hour.

CLEAN BITES

Transparency is king here: Check out Blue Cow’s website for a full list of farms it sources from.

Special dieters at ease: The menu denotes dishes that are vegan and gluten-free or can be requested as such.

The staff is super-knowledgeable about the menu.