Best U.N. on a Plate - 2011
Leave it to the Turks to prove how well we really can all get along via a single plate of food. As perfected at House Cafe on Beverly Boulevard, the Turkish breakfast kahvalti has something for everyone, seemingly from every nearby country. The composed dish has small portions of French-style jam, Bulgarian feta, Greek yogurt, Turkish simit bread (a sesame-seeded toroid), tomatoes with Italian basil, Spanish olives, a softly poached egg and undressed arugula presented with a small carafe of lightly sweet Turkish tea. Unexpected, beautiful, delicious. Open to being treated separately, but so much better all together, this meal is what the United Nations aspires to — pan-European harmony. And as an added bonus, it's a quality, low-fat start to your day. Really, what the world needs more of. If these international ingredients placed together on a round white plate can create an absolutely united moment, there's hope for us all. 8112 Beverly Blvd., Mid-City. (323) 655-5553, housecafe.com.