Cooks County

Best Picnic Boxes, August 2014

They’re not just for the Hollywood Bowl anymore. L.A.’s astonishing lineup of outdoor summer movies and concerts means restaurants must battle food trucks with boxed fare. In a supertight race Cooks County comes in first with its handsome prix fixe cardboard carry case ($38 for one person, $70 for two) packed with cold buttermilk-brined fried chicken or cedar-smoked rainbow trout, cabbage slaw, green bean-egg salad, and blueberry hand pies so sweet and tart, you’ll be bowled over at the Hollywood Bowl. Eco-friendly utensils and a butcher paper place mat are included.

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