Quote of the Day - The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn, and violets bathe in the wet o' the morn.
Right off The 10 freeway in Los Angeles at Centinela and Pico is a startling surprise: Violet restaurant. You might otherwise expect a fast-food chain in that location, but luckily, you'd be wrong. Instead, there's a wonderful neighborhood haven for foodies with a decor somewhere between post-modern and avant garde.
In fact, you might be lucky enough to be dining when the artist shows up and starts to add to his collection on the wall. He drops in when inspiration hits and paints. And you're just as likely to be greeted by one of LA's hottest chefs, Jared Simons, who opened Violet in 2004. It's a charming and intimate setting for about 60 guests, full of soft colors and a relaxing venue.
Inspiration is also a good word for the service and food. We dropped in late last night as most area restaurants were closing, but Violet was going strong, with a full crowd and bustling waiters. The food was quickly delivered to the table and was spectacular. The menu is varied and reasonably priced, especially when considering the outstanding quality of the food. MIPTC gives Violet a big thumbs up!
Plus, it's right off the freeway and easy to find.