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Church & State – Lunch

Apparently it doesn't matter what day or time we show up. It doesn't matter if you tempt me with this wonderful view throughout the meal.

Giada De Laurentiis lunching at Church and State
Giada De Laurentiis noshing at Church & State

Sorry honey, it doesn't matter that you're famous and beautiful, you have to deal with the same haphazard service the rest of folks had to deal with.

Service aside, the kitchen continues to delivers kick ass food. More importantly, we were able to pig out and turn into pigs thanks to the 30% discount from Blackboard Eats.


The baguette, good enough that my colleague and I wanted to take some home. Need to find out where they bake this magical stuff.

Moules Marinière
Moules Marinière with white wine, pommes frites, aïoli

I'll leave the expert analysis to Noah Galuten, but this starter was excellent. The broth, the baguette, ugh, I think I'm going to have to go back for lunch, again.


Can't forget the fries. Golden, crispy, and addictive. What was once an afterthought, good fries can now be found all over the city.

Soupe Gratinée à l’Oignon
Soupe Gratinée à l’Oignon

The primary reason why I lunched at Church and State: French onion soup. 1/3 cheese, 1/3 onion, 1/3 bread, and heavenly, definitely not for the faint of heart. Rumor has it Mercantile makes a mean ass french onion soup as well. I'll need to check it out.

Croque de Bœuf
Croque de Bœuf - braised beef short rib, caramelized onions, Cantal cheese

I didn't get to try this during lunch, but I did take home my colleague's half for leftovers that evening. Dinner...was good.

Bouillabaisse - Provençal fish soup, prawns, mussels, clams

My other colleague had the bouillabaisse. I didn't have a single bite of this so I really have no idea what it tasted like. My colleague liked it.

Poulet Rôti à la Bourgeoise
Poulet Rôti à la Bourgeoise - roasted chicken, carrots, pearl onions, bacon

Juicy, tender, with crispy skin. I have this irrational fear of that roasted chicken ends up being dry. Not the case here though. And with the crispy skin, yum. Can't we just call this fried chicken? Whatever, I'm calling it fried chicken. On an aside, I'd love to see someone put together a fried chicken competition.

Pot de Crème au Chocolat
Pot de Crème au Chocolat

Les Tartes du Jour
Les Tartes du Jour -Chocolat

Citrus Shaved Ice
Citrus shaved ice

Got dessert? We all stuck to our own desserts, and I stuck with the shaved ice I had at Sunday supper. All excellent choices, whatever your weakness might be.

Church and State satiates the appetite, again.

Church and State Bistro
1850 Industrial Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 405-1434

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  1. Good job with the 30% discount, and nice pics as usual =). The chocolate tarte looks magical–did you get to try it? The soup looks delicious, and so does that chicken. I have yet to try this place; I’m so behind right now with trying restaurants!

  2. Great pics, as usual. Still amazed at the shots you’re getting from the S90! I’m going back to C&S for lunch tomorrow.

  3. Daniel – Loved the chicken and the soup. Didn’t try the chocolate tart. I was too distracted looking at Giada. :p

    Gastronomnom – Thanks man. The Canon S90 is powerful little P&S. Sorry to hear that your lunch experience wasn’t as good as your previous meals there.

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