The flavors of fall are some of the best: rich, savory, spicy. The meals are hearty and comforting, the drinks are warm and soothing.
The restaurants, bars, and cafes on Melrose Ave. are making incredible meals and drinks with autumn’s bounty. These are the take-your-time experiences, so settle in at whichever place you choose, and enjoy the chill in the air and early sunset on Melrose this fall.
The chefs at Blu Jam Café have created some amazing specials that feature seasonal vegetables and flavors. The Cubano Chicken Omelet layers pulled al pastor chicken, mozzarella cheese, and pineapple salsa. Garden Hash is a filling combo of sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberries, and carrots. The Kale and Turkey Salad is just that, plus pears and pomegranate.
BLU JAM CAFE
7371 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Cool autumn nights, sitting around the fire, snuggled in a warm blanket underneath the star-studded Cali sky is the perfect time for the eternal favorite treat – s’mores. But we’re in fire season so don’t burn down the forest! Just go to Cold Rolled and get chilled version – the S’Mores Tonight (blanket not included).
COLD ROLLED ICE CREAM COMPANY
7266 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Coffee for Sasquatch recently unveiled some new seasonal drink specials, and they are indeed special: an elevated Pumpkin Spice Latte, Brewchata (cold brew + horchata…mmmmm), and a Cardamom Latte. They smell as great as they taste with those rich spices warming the taste buds, tummy, and soul.
COFFEE FOR SASQUATCH
7020 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
Sweet, savory, spicy, creamy – all in one dish! The Dates Farcies au Chevre Frais are stuffed in-season dates, goat cheese, applewood bacon and a turmeric béchamel. It’s an appetizer, but with a bottle of wine (and maybe another great side dish), this rich, delicious experience can stand as the star of a meal.
L’ASSIETTE STEAK FRIES
7166 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
It’s hard to think of an ingredient that would suck on pizza. So when Lucifer’s Pizza is puttin’ stuff on the pie you might not think of putting on a pie, it’s all good. Very good. Try pumpkin two ways: roasted with prosciutto, garlic, and spinach and/or the Zucha with olives, feta, zucchini, red bell pepper, and spinach.
7123 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
The environment of Melrose Umbrella Company is warm and woody, and always smells of some kind of comfort food or another. One of the most comforting of those is the Wild Mushrooms Grain Bowl. With butternut squash, wild mushrooms, farro, hazelnuts, and a soft egg, it is a soothing start to a crisp autumn day.
MELROSE UMBRELLA COMPANY
7465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Whiskey is the ultimate fall alcohol: ambery color, rich woody/spicy/caramely flavor iterations, and compatibility with other seasonal flavors. Snake Pit serves hundreds of whiskeys solo or in warming cocktails. Try Bukowski’s Demise (bourbon + cabernet + cranberry bitters!) or A Little Old and A Little Nutty (sugar cube w/black walnut bitters + rye + Luxardo cherry!!).
SNAKE PIT ALE HOUSE
7529 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Yes, you can walk into any eatery on Melrose and have someone prepare, then hand-deliver a wonderful meal directly to you. You can also go to Standing’s and buy high quality, ethically-raised, sustainably-sourced, and handcrafted sausages. The flavors add some sweet, some spicy, some savory, and take advantage of the heartiness of fall meal making.
7016 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90036
Mmmmm, dumplings. Pretty much every culture has some form of dumpling as comfort food. Melrose has them, too, at Stuff’d. Filled with local, gluten-free, and organic ingredients, these little pillows of yum are so satisfying. The Spicy Potato dumpling has the seasonal sensations of sweet potato and carrot with spicy sage and garlic oil.
STUFF’D DUMPLING SHOP
6909 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
When the sun is going down (and so is the temperature), scoot into Wolf and cozy up to some of the most interesting and delicious food on Melrose. Lil Rizzo features oyster mushroom, heirloom shelling beans, maitake chips and a dusting of parmesan. It is warm and filling, looking and smelling like the best parts of the season.
7661 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046