In honor of National Dessert Day and strengthening a new friendship, I tried a new restaurant. And it was a lot of fun!

Wednesday, 10/14/2015

I think I’ve made Wednesday my night during the week when I hang out with friends. It’s one of my days off from working out, and it makes me feel like a real adult to go out on a weeknight. This particular Wednesday, I met up with my friend Maria at “Granville” in Studio City! Maria has made some appearances in some of my past posts, and I’m sure she will pop up in many in the future as well!

Now, I had been to Granville once before a few months prior to this experience, however the last time I wasn’t very hungry, and I didn’t love the dish I ordered. I knew I needed to give this place another shot, and I’m so glad I did! We both ordered one of their signature cocktails, I their “Tipsy Lemonade” and Maria their “Ginger Julep.” Both were great, and we toasted to new friendship! We caught up about each other’s lives as we waited for our appetizer to come. We ordered their “housemade hummus,” which was lemony and delicious; after having lived in Israel, I feel like I can say that I know what good hummus is!

After just 10 minutes of enjoying our appetizer, our dinner was brought out. We were both super impressed with how fast their service was! (I had actually just made a joke about how people complain that 10 minutes is a long time to wait for food and a minute later the food was brought out to us). And the entrees were just as good as the starter! I ordered the “Santa Barbara Chicken Sandwich” and Maria got the “Bacon Avocado Melt,” and both came with their homemade potato chips. The sandwiches were hearty and tasted amazing! We were both very satisfied.

Now normally, I would’ve stopped there. I’m not really one to order a dessert at a restaurant unless it’s a special occasion, like someone’s birthday. However, it was National Dessert Day, so we just had to indulge a little bit (we both agreed that we’d work off the calories the next day in Taekwondo class). One particular dessert caught our eyes, and the server even recommended it: the “Brulee’d Banana Brownie.” It was a dense, pecan-filled brownie topped with brulee’d bananas, caramel, and whipped cream. Heavenly. We each finished about a third of it before we felt like bursting open (please excuse the graphic description).

Overall, a really delicious meal and a really great time getting to know a newer friend! I will definitely return to Granville: good food, fast and friendly service, and free parking in a nearby lot when you get a validation–such a rarity in LA! But more importantly, I’m sure I’ll have many more fun adventures with Maria, so stay tuned for those!

-Girl in Los Angeles 🙂

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