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My LA to Z: Joe Morton
The Scandal star prefers cooking at home to going out, but the TV vet (we’re still not over his performance as an epileptic politician on House) gives us a peek into his top spots for fancy figs and seafood at sunset
I’m the kind of guy who cooks at home, so “going out” means hanging out or going out to eat with friends. And when I do that, I really like The Misfit in Santa Monica. They have delicious roasted figs—it’s that kind of meal. It’s really pleasant; it has the type of atmosphere where you can sit down and talk with friends.
I really like Coogie’s on Santa Monica Boulevard. It’s the place I go for breakfast. The herb omelet is really nice and very good.
Another go-to restaurant is Gladstones on PCH, a seafood restaurant on the beach. It’s mostly outdoors, and it’s surf and turf. There’s wonderful seafood, lovely wine, and great drinks. It’s a great spot to go and bask in the sun, and if you hit it at just the right time, you can catch the sunset.
The Getty Museum
Whenever I get a chance, I always go to the Getty Museum. It’s so beautiful up there. I like wandering around the landscape; it’s so peaceful and quiet. The exhibits change a lot, so I enjoy the atmosphere rather than any one exhibit. I’ve also heard the Villa is really nice, but I haven’t been there yet.
I just was there. My friend’s wife was having a baby, so I went there to buy some classic children’s books. They have a great selection. I know one of the guys behind the counter. His dad runs a theatre and he’ll let you know what’s going on there, too.
Black Women in Music
I was in L.A. for the Essence’s Celebration of Black Women in Music in a venue on Sunset, and I had a wonderful time. I got to watch Emeli Sandé perform, and it was fantastic. I don’t think too many people know her, but I think they will soon.
Photographs courtesy (in order): (1) themisfitbar.com, (2) facebook.com/CoogiesCafe (3) sbe.com, (4) flickr.com/Beatrice Murch, (5) booksoup.com, and (6)essence.com