Mostly meatless meals are all the rage right now, a combination of California's exceptional produce and the healthy-eating mindset that continues to retool the American diet. Newcomer Beefsteak is here to add fuel to the trend inferno, firing up a menu of salads, bowls, and snacks in what might be one of the brightest restaurant spaces on the block.
First announced back in 2014, chef Marcel Vigneron's vegetable-focused Beefsteak concept has been a long time coming. It seems to have been worth the wait, however, as the new eatery on Melrose lands at precisely the perfect time in Los Angeles.
The light, inviting space is about as on-trend as you can get, from the reclaimed wood look to the hanging greenery that washes down from a few high shelves. Even the dried out driftwood and those overstuffed pillows that run the length of the long, padded benches feel like something we've seen before. But in truth, this is an awesome reimagining of the former 8 Oz. Burger Bar space, and serves as a sunny, almost beachy hideaway right in the heart of Melrose.
In many ways, Beefsteak is also something very new (despite the obvious overlay with DC's own Beefsteak by way of Jose Andres). Vigneron has been working on a meatless restaurant idea for years, in hopes of marrying technique and ingredients thoughtfully across a menu of bowls, wraps, salads, and snacks. And while there are some animal proteins to be found on the chalkboard menu — including eggs, Korean-style short ribs, and Scottish salmon — they certainly aren't the focus.
You'll also find juices, smoothies, teas, coffee drinks, and a whole host of wine and booze on offer at Beefsteak, making it a strong addition to the building and sister concept to Vigneron's much meatier Wolf next door. The full menu for Beefsteak is below.
Beefsteak opens for all-day service tomorrow, keeping daily hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (they close at 3 p.m. on Sunday).
7661 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA