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Long Awaited Train Car-Inspired Gardner Junction Opens With Modern American Menu

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The small plates menu will change every six weeks.

Gardner Junction
Gardner Junction
Wonho Frank Lee

Gardner Junction, the Spacecraft-designed restaurant that has been in construction on the corner of Gardner and Sunset for the better part of three years, has finally come to fruition. The train car-inspired restaurant, rife with plenty of leather and brass accents, officially began serving its small plates menu last Friday.

Former Monsieur Marcel executive chef Steve Brown went with farm-driven modern American cuisine for his hyper seasonal menu. Brown plans to fully rotate the menu at least every six weeks to reflect the best offerings of local farms, with smaller dishes changing daily.

So what's on the opening menu? There's all the popular LA dishes, like charred octopus with gazpacho, beef tartar with cured egg yolk and kimchi, and fried chicken with smoked heirloom tomato jam. However, the progressive menu that moves from super light starters like oysters with bush berry to heavier plates like rabbit sausage and 72 hour short rib features modern twists on the classic American dishes. Heirloom tomato with cashew bisque and foie gras with black waffle are certainly exciting dishes to look out for.

An updated menu for the restaurant is below.

Gardner Junction
1451 N. Gardner St.
Los Angeles, CA 90046