If you love cherries, then it’s time to go on a cherry spree for the best cherry dishes in Los Angeles. Cherries are a good source of fiber, help reduce muscle pains and are filled with the antioxidants your body needs to protect itself from free radicals in your body. They are usually freshest during the summer, but can always be found every February when Cupid strikes. Whether you’re looking to take your sweetie on romantic date this month or want to plan a quiet night in, these options of cherry dishes will be sure to set the mood for a great evening in or out.
Sweet And Sour Kebab
10962 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
For a unique and adventurous twist on classic cherry dishes, try eating them with kebabs. Mantee Cafe offers an Mediterranean-infused entree dish prepared with charbroiled ground beef topped with a special cherry sauce. The Sweet and Sour Kebab is a staple dish of the family-owned restaurant, which has received honorable mentions by food critic Jonathan Gold as one of the 99 most notable restaurants in LA. Mantee Cafe does have vegan options available for those who don’t eat beef.
9669 Little Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Esquire Magazine’s top choice for hottest restaurant in 2012 offers one of the best kept secret desserts that finally made its way onto the menu. It’s called the Cherry Ricotta and comes marinated in dried cherries, lightly-salted pistachios and a drizzle of chocolate. The man behind this sweet and savory cherry dish, and other fine Austrian cuisine, is Chef Bernhard Mairinger, who loves cherries. In the summer time when cherries are freshest, Mairinger likes to mix it up cherry strudels and other tasty cherry desserts.
Sour Cherry Pie
Short Cake LA
6333 W 3rd St., Stall #316
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Price: $5 for a miniature pie, $30 for nine-inch pie
Made with organic Straus creamery butter and cherries from the local farmer’s market, the Sour Cherry Pie is a summertime favorite at charity events. It’s not usually available during the winter but head baker Hourie Sahakian will be making this tasty delight available on special in honor of National Cherry Month. All pies are made “short” and miniature for individual consumption but are also available in full size. Short Cake LA uses seasonal ingredients of the highest quality and even makes gluten-free cakes as well.
Sweet Cherry Pie Filling
If you want to make your own restaurant-style cherry dish, Chukar Cherries is your online resource for some of the best cherries in the Pacific Northwest. Chukar Cherries come from Yakima Valley in Washington and can be used to make cherry strudels, a cherry coffee cake or a classic cherry pie. The Sweet Cherry Pie Filling has a thick texture but doesn’t taste sweeter than it looks. You can even use this pie filling as an ice cream topper.
Sour Cherry and Peanut Butter Bread Pudding
6593 Collins Drive, Suite D-4
Moorpark, CA 93021
Custom Melt may be located outside of Los Angeles, but it’s worth the drive to a place known for its sweet bread pudding desserts. Custom Melt serves different flavors of bread pudding at any given point in time, but the Sour Cherry and Peanut Butter Bread Pudding is the one your heart should be set on during the month of cherries and love. It’s a tasty treat made with the sticky sweetness of cherries infused with peanut butter in a bread pudding that makes your mouth water just looking at it. At this specialty grilled cheese shop, you’ll definitely want to make sure to save room for the sweets.
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