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Photos: Neighborhood Eats at Eagle Rock's New Little Beast
A new neighborhood restaurant quietly opened up in an early 1900s Crafstman over in Eagle Rock this week. At the helm of Little Beast are husband and wife team Sean Lowenthal and Deborah Schwartz. Lowenthal was last seen over in the kitchens at Chateau Marmont, and Schwartz a photo agent, hence the gorgeous photos.
The restaurant, which serves homey, market-fresh California fare, is named after Schwartz's son, who the family refers to as their 'The Little Beast'. Thankfully, the South Pasadena couple managed to tear themselves from the grips of their kid to do a brief pop-up at Le Petit Beaujolais in July, and it was really well received by the neighborhood. So successful that the decided to open up an official brick-and-mortar restaurant.
The new location is on Colorado Boulevard, and features lovely outdoor seating perfect for sipping some of their eclectic wines. There are three main dining areas: the front porch, inside dining room and back patio with lavender, sunflowers and strung up white lights. The wooded backyard is scented with herbs like lemon verbena, various vines, and a lemon tree.
As for the food, think small plates and American fare with a fresh California twist. Dishes that jump off the menu include duck liver mousse, a burrata and peach salad, English pea risotto, and a charred cantaloupe and arugula salad.
Of course, no L.A. restaurant would be complete without a fancy burger, especially one with a name like Little Beast. Their burger keeps things on the more traditional side with charred red onions, butter lettuce, heirloom tomato slices, and a Worcestershire aoli served with fries on the side. There's also a small but affordable list of beer and wine, and desserts like a warm fallen apple pastry or a chocolate pot de creme.
Take a peek at the pics and see for yourself.