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Auntie Em's Kitchenette

Auntie Em's Kitchenette

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New comers from the land of Eagle Rock, Auntie Em’s Kitchenette graces the Historic Core with high-grade home cookin’. Simpler fare here, they focus on premium but simple comfort—breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Downtown delivery via motorcycle is available, but go see the space founder Terri Wahl has created. Rustic and raw, the Americana-esque interior pairs well with her handcrafted desserts. Sounds of roots rock to Ty Segall hang in the air, emanating from the 1970’s living room record player.

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“I wish I lived on a farm. Definitely not a total city girl, but I love being down here. I love the people’, Terri says. She decided to set up shop in the Historic Core, once co-founder Brandi Lazano found the perfect spot. You might know Brandi from Two Bits Market. Terri you might (should) recognize from Red Aunts, a punk rock band who spent the 90s blowing the sails off the headlining act’s ship. But all good things move toward their end, so we welcome the new the era of Terri’s creativity.

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The Avocado Toast is sublime, with beautiful beet hummus and super fresh carrots, the bagel-like roll has the perfect bite. The tender braised short rib is smothered in gooey cheese and sandwiched between fresh baked bread - rough around the edges and a squishy middle. The savory flavor balanced by spicy pickles is heavenly. Surrounded by pie and cupcakes, it’s impossible not to start planning dessert before deciding what to start with. It’s hard not to like it here.

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Auntie Em’s delivers organic produce throughout LA, so add a bit of Auntie Em’s at home. The Kitchenette offers jams, coffee, and cookbooks (look for Terri’s), furthering the genuine, down-home feel of the menu. Denizens of the Core now have a new home for homemade.

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Written by:
Scott Meisse
Photographed by:
Alyse Gilbert

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