Street Style Eatery
By Sari Anne Tuschman
Street features an array of eclectic libations: (CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT) Canton Ginger Kick; the classic Mint Julep; Ode to Audrey Champagne cocktail; cantaloupe-and-beet Aqua Fresca; Golden Lhassi, made with fresh turmeric; and The Godfather, made with Jameson, Maker’s Mark, and amaretto.
Susan Feniger has become famous for a creative—and delicious— spin on modern Mexican and Latin cuisines. She’s the owner of Santa Monica’s Border Grill and downtown’s Ciudad, and she makes up half of the cooking duo Too Hot Tamales (along with Mary Sue Milliken), known for their radio show, Food Network program, and cookbooks.
Now Feniger has launched her first solo restaurant and draws inspiration from an unlikely place: the street. Aptly called Susan Feniger’s Street, her new Hollywood eatery is based on foods from all around the globe. “For me, street food is probably the most inspired cooking out there,” says Feniger. “It’s a way in which you get this incredibly sophisticated cuisine and your experience is authentic.” The goal is for the diner to share several plates and go on a culinary world tour, all in the confines of a cozy, intimate space.
Eclectic menu choices include Indian paani puri (puffs of dough filled with spiced potato and sprouted salad), Moldavian meatballs in a sweet-andsour tomato sauce, and Turkish doughnuts simmered in cardamom-rose syrup. Don’t be surprised to see some classic American sidewalk fare on the menu as well—homemade bagels and hot pretzels come straight from a wood-burning oven.
Even the décor, with its graffiti-inspired murals throughout, evokes the theme. And if you just can’t bear the thought of eating street food indoors, head to the courtyard patio. But forget balancing your meal on your lap like you’re used to with street fare—this time, there are tables. Susan Feniger’s Street, 742 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, 323-203-0500; eatatstreet.com.