I’ve never seen L.A. Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila go as instantly crazy about a restaurant as she did in her review of Lazy Ox. And she did it after her first visit.
After my first lunch at Lazy Ox I understood why. My lunch mate and I ordered four small plates – two off the menu and two off the specials board. I had the grilled octopus on a bed of greens with fresh green peas and a breast of veal. My friend had the salmon crudo and the pot roast. All four were home runs.
Two other friends lunched there the same day and walked out swooning.
Lazy Ox is a magic place that presents a trim menu with only 10 or 12 items – all small plates. Then there’s the authentic old fashioned black board that carries a couple dozen daily specials written in chalk.
The Lazy Ox web site boasts of showcasing local ingredients at value-conscious prices. Couldn’t be more accurate. An ever-changing and menu and a knock out beer and wine selection make Lazy Ox as close to perfect as a restaurant can be.