Patina Goes Paleo; Tortilla Republic Gets Gluten-Free
Because macrobiotic is sooo five years ago.
Tortilla Republic, one of West Hollywood's sexier Mexican spots, wants diners to know that they can accommodate those on a gluten-free diet. Over twenty menu items, including Camarónes en Pipian (tiger shrimp, pumpkin seed sauce, herbed rice); Enchiladas Suizas (pulled chicken tinga, creamy tomatillo sauce, and melted Monterey jack cheese); Relleno Poblano (stuffed with eggplant, mushrooms, spinach, pine nuts, raisins, and goat cheese); and Fajitas of all kinds are gluten-free. Mexican food is generally low in gluten (with the obvious exception of wheat flour tortillas) but those with a true allergy to the wheat protein may feel safe knowing that they can dine on a menu full of corn and rice based dishes without having to worry. Tortilla Republic, 616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood.
Downtown at Patina, which is one of L.A.'s few fine-dining institutions, EC Charles Olalia has introduced a four course prix fixe menu tailored to the Paleo set. While vegan, vegetarian, and macrobiotic options are found across the country at higher end restaurants, Patina's appears to be the first entirely Paleo menu from a Relais & Châteaux institution. The menu includes a salad of vegetable ribbons from Windrose Farms with avocado; broiled calf’s liver with onion soubise and whole grain mustard; grass-fed New York Strip with bacon, persillade, sweet potato, whipped beef fat (!), and sauce Bordelaise. Finish the meal off with a flourless chocolate cake with coconut and sesame. It's $45 per person and available each evening at dinner, Tuesday through Saturday. Patina, 141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, (213) 972-3331