Dan and I have been devoted viewers of the television show “Top Chef” since season 5 in 2008 and we’ve watched all of the spinoffs as well – including three seasons of “Top Chef Masters.” Not only is it fun to drool while the best chefs in the country whip up amazing food, but every once in a while we hear about a restaurant in Los Angeles that we want to try. So this weekend we made a trip to Border Grill in Santa Monica, which is owned by not one but two “Top Chef Masters” contestants – Susan Feniger from season 2 and Mary Sue Milliken from season 3. Santa Monica is kind of a pain to get to because the 405 freeway gets so congested at its intersection with the 10, but the delicious dinner we had last night was well worth the trouble. Dan and I decided to stick with appetizers for our entire meal so that we could try more items, and I had to consult with our waitress to make sure that I didn’t order anything too spicy for my wimpy palate. We ended up with six different dishes that gave us a great sampling of the Border Grill cuisine. The lamb tacos were definitely my favorite – I’d be happy to eat those every day. After we were done with our food Dan and I got an even bigger treat – Susan Feniger walked out into the dining room and started greeting patrons! When she came to our table I was too starstruck to think of anything to say except, “Dinner was amazing!” Oh well. I was so happy when we left Border Grill last night. It was a great meal with my wonderful husband and experiences like that never get old.
Quinoa Fritters – a “Top Chef Masters” winning dish
Adobo Chicken Quesadilla – slow roasted chicken, sweet adobo sauce, manchego, panela, cotija cheeses, mizuna salad, guacamole
Roasted Lamb Tacos – adobo roasted lamb, poblano chile, manchego cheese
Border Classics – two green corn tamales, two plantain empanadas, two chicken panuchos
Baja Ceviche – lime marinated sustainable seasonal fish, shrimp, cilantro, jalapeño, tomato, crispy handmade corn tortilla, cilantro aioli, avocado
Grilled Pear and Endive Salad – spiced pistachios, cabrales blue cheese, pickled jalapeño, chipotle honey vinaigrette
Some photos of our delicious meal