1/30/2013 02:38:00 PM

Venice Report: Feed Body & Soul, Barnyard Open

Rotisserie madness at Feed Body & Soul
A couple of restaurants we're almost tired of hearing about opening will finally debut this week, both bringing farm-to-fork cuisine, organic-leaning, cocktails and more to the neighborhood. Feed Body & Soul, which takes over the former J's Kitchen space, throws open the doors on Thursday (Jan. 31). According to the website, "The vibrant restaurant is inspired by the belief that eating well can be a daily indulgence," which isn't exactly rocket science. Chef Matthew Dickson, whose resume, depending on which press release/blog/newsletter you read, includes places like Malo and the now-defunct Grace and Rockenwagner. The menu features dishes like seasonal fruit and granola bowls, market vegetables pickled, in salads and on rice bowls, and lots of rotisserie meats and seafood sandwiched or plated with more grains and seasonal vegetables. Cocktails have been concocted by Marcos Tello, so things like a Meyer lemon gimlet or persimmon caipirinha can be sipped, along with organic coffee, teas and smoothies (1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310-450-5550).

On Friday Barnyard begins serving rustic-refined fare like clams with white beans and fennel, cassoulet, chanterelles with peas, and lamb with seared escarole and salsa verde from chef Jesse Barber. Barber was the opening chef de cuisine at Tasting Kitchen and "trained" with Thomas Keller at the French Laundry. The space is farmer-boho-chic with many vintage flourishes (1715 Pacific Ave.; 310-581-1015).


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