“Let’s go to Pink’s after dinner, if we’re still hungry,” I told Catboy, knowing that there might be a possibility that we might have some room left in our bellies after a fancy dinner at Providence. I knew there would be about a 50/50 chance. Does anyone else ever do that? What is it about going out to a fine dining restaurant to eat overpriced fancy food that sometimes leaves more to be desired in the end, and then wanting to hop on over somewhere for a quick, cheap, fast foodish type of meal? Maybe it is a combination of the fact that fine dining is all about fancy presentation and tiny portions coupled with a subconscious need to restore normalcy. Unless you’re a baller shitting out money, a dinner at Providence isn’t an everyday meal. Plus, I was curious to try the Dodger Blue hotdog at Pink’s, back when Dodger fever was going on when they were on their way to losing the World Series.
But surprisingly, I ended up feeling full in the end and there was no need to go to Pink’s after. When I made that suggestion, it kind of reminded me of my youngest brother. One time, after we went to a somewhat upscale dinner for my dad’s birthday. At the end of dinner, he was left still hungry and went to Mcdonalds to gorge after.
Providence has been named “Best Seafood Restaurant” by Los Angeles magazine, has been #1 for the past four years in Jonathan Gold’s 101 (but has moved to #2 this year), has two Michelin Stars under its belt (Michelin doesn’t do LA anymore), and has been on my list of places to try forever.
Parking was difficult to find that evening, so we had no choice but to valet for $8. No matter how many times I have done it, I always curse to myself when I have to valet. I just hate doing it. Maybe it’s a Taurus thing? It’s a typical Taurus thing to hate people touching anything of ours. I have never had a negative valet experience as of yet, but just the thought of giving up my set of keys and car into the possession of total strangers is always going to make me feel uneasy. I almost get a violated feeling. I FUCKING HATE HAVING TO VALET! #sorrynotsorry …Oh well, it’s a part of LA life sometimes, I suppose. But I’ll never like it.
There are a few different tasting menus to choose from. We opted for the signature tasting menu. It’s recommended that everyone in your party order the same menu.
Chef Michael Cimarusti’s name was still on the menu that evening. On the same day, an article about his new restaurant, Best Girl, was featured in LA Times. I am so looking forward to going there soon.