My Quest to Make Starry Kitchen’s Friday Fish & Chips A Permanent Menu Item Starts Today


I know this will sound crazy to anybody who works near 4th & Grand, but I wish I worked near 4th & Grand!  And the reason is simple. It’s been way too long since the last time I ate at Starry Kitchen, the apartment restaurant turned Downtown lunch mecca in the California Plaza whose homey Asian dishes cycle through the menu like Bruce Willis movies on AMC.  At one time their green crisped rice covered tofu balls, which incidentally are now a permanent option on the menu, were a personal obsession of mine.  But they have now been replaced by Starry Kitchen’s Friday only fish and taro chips special. Presumably they’ll only be offering this special through the end of Lent, but it has now become my personal mission to get it added to the rest of the year rotation. At the very least they should start putting those addictive taro sticks on top of sandwiches (Starry Kitchen frita, anyone!?) If it worked for the tofu balls, there’s no reason it can’t work for this.

But wait. There’s more…


I don’t know how long dan dan noodles have been on the side dishes menu (like I said, it’s been awhile) but this might also be my new favorite Starry Kitchen side dish.  It has a bit more in common with sesame noodles (or that Pad Thai noodle salad from Essan up the street) than with traditional dan dan noodles, but that’s just semantics.  The dish is delicious and would pair perfectly with another personal favorite of mine, their crab cakes, which returned to the menu this week.  Like I said, it’s a good time to be working near 4th & Grand.

Starry Kitchen, 350 S Grand Ave. 213-617-3474


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