Du-Par's Bakery & Restaurant

When Mr. Borscht and Tummy feel like a no-hassle dinner out they usually end up on the busy corner of 3rd and Fairfax at Du-Par's Restaurant & Bakery.  Part of the Grove's Farmer's Market they find it an especially nice place to eat and then stroll, in a busy city such as LA sometimes it can be pretty helpful to consolidate activities, driving around in the city can be such a hassle.

On such a night where a 'no-hassle dinner out' was exactly what Mr. Borscht and Tummy were looking for, they found themselves sitting in a booth in what can be very well called the restaurant of their choice.  It's no 5-Star restaurant in food nor service but there's ALWAYS a seat, the service is casual and so is the atmosphere.  The booths are booths and comfortable just like their food, a menu of comfort food made up of chicken-pot pies, corned beef sandwiches, onion rings, breakfast all day, the best fluffiest pancakes, cobb salad and so on.

A place where one can sit down and relax, talk of everyday things with a smile and an interest that one couldn't find anywhere else, here is where it is all okay- this is the reason Mr. Borscht and Tummy come here.

Tummy has been on an Arnold-Palmer stint and so again here is the Arnold-Palmer, this Arnold-Palmer Tummy noticed was far better than the last she had at Black Cat where the Arnold-Palmers seem to vary with the waiter, here at Du-Par's the Arnold Palmer is always 1/2 and 1/2, looks beautiful and tastes fabulous.

Mr. Borscht has a new found love for the 1/2 and 1/2 deal (he's had it the last three times he's been here) this deal includes half a sandwich of your choice, a bowl of soup of your choice, with a side of your choice of french fries, bread or coleslaw and also a slice of your choice of pie for desert!  Today his 1/2 and 1/2 started with a bowl of yellow-split-pea soup which was absolutely delish!  slight texture, creamy, soupy, flavorful, I wonder if they put bacon into it?  But Tummy can surely taste there this ham?  Tummy believes it to be ham, but there is some kind of bacon taste there which wouldn't be all too odd as most split-pea soup comes with crumbled bacon.  The yellow-split-pea which to some may not be that attractive is really great at Du-Par's.

Then out came Mr. Borscht's entree, he opted for 1/2 a corned beef sandwich on rye bread with coleslaw.  The sandwich is fresh and delicious, the coleslaw is fresh with not too much sauce on it which makes it really lovely.  There's no fancy work here- but that's the beauty of this place, it's home comfort cooking and Mr. Borscht and Tummy love it for exactly what it is.  It's just that kind of place.

Tummy always wanting to try something new decided to go for the chicken-pot-pie which Tummy has never had here, a side note on the menu next to the chicken-pot-pie says, 'made fresh daily and so sometimes we run out' - or something of that sort was printed, so... naturally, Tummy wanted to try it.  There were only two chicken-pot-pies left, Tummy ordered one with a side of banana-nut bread.

In an attempt to save the best for last lets begin with the banana-nut bread which was slightly stale, yes a little disappointing especially since Du-Par's is known for it's bakery which makes fresh daily a variety of pies and... DONUTS!

Now for the Chicken-pot pie... First bite, buttery semi-flaky crust, the filling is too hot to tell.  By the third bite Tummy is really liking this dish, the filling tastes like chicken-pot pie, fillings include bits of carrots, peas, potatoes, celery and of course.. chicken!  Needless to say, Tummy ate the whole bowl and can feel it going straight to her thighs.

Du-Par's chicken-pot pie is very yummy indeed, and chicken-pot pie will almost always be yummy no matter where you order it, it's just one of those dishes where deliciousness is just part of it's DNA, if it had DNA that is.  Regardless of Tummy's loyalty to Du-Par's, Tummy will say for the sake of honesty that Du-Par's chicken-pot pie doesn't have anything on a home-made chicken-pot pie and Tummy knows this first hand, because Tummy makes home-made chicken-pot pies.  When Tummy took those first few bites of Du-Par's chicken-pot pie she knew that the ultimate test would be to compare it to her own home-made pie, and it just didn't compare, but that was okay with Tummy because chicken-pot pie will almost always be yummy no matter where you order it.

Mr. Borscht gets a slice of pie with his 1/2 and 1/2, today we see that the pie of the month is PEACH!  so of course we're completely on that and of course it was delish!  Not the best, Tummy won't lie, but still tasty, pie is pie afterall.

And of course we ate every single bite except my one slice of slightly stale banana nut bread.

1 Arnold-Palmer
1 1/2 and 1/2 meal
1 Chicken-pot-pie

The Damage: $27.38

Mr. Borscht is very adamant about not having his face on this blog, he is a shy one indeed, so naturally I tried to take his picture, but to my dismay his hiding abilities are far greater than my lightening fast finger pushing button skills.

Du-Par's Restaurant & Bakery
6333 West 3rd Street
LA CA 90036
(323) 933.8446

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