Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rate-A-Restaurant #280: Atwater Crossing Kitchen

Atwater Crossing

Restaurant: Atwater Crossing Kitchen

Atwater Crossing

Location: 3245 Casitas Ave. (Atwater Village)

Type of restaurant: New American/ Pizza

Atwater Crossing

Atwater Crossing

We stipulated: We were looking for a new spot to ride our bikes to, and Maria had recently visited Atwater Crossing. We wanted something casual and kid-friendly for a Saturday night, and Atwater Crossing Kitchen delivered.

Atwater Crossing

They stipulated: Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., while flatbreads are served all day. Wi-fi is available as well.

Atwater Crossing

Atwater Crossing

What we ordered: Funghi wood-fired flatbread (wood oven roasted mushrooms, Fontina cheese,on site herbs; $10.50); Rustica flatbread (crispy pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, $11); sesame ginger kale salad (currant, pumpkin seeds, apple vinaigrette served on a bed of leafy greens, with salmon; $8.50)

Atwater Crossing

High point: The entire experience, from the friendly waiter to the excellent flatbread, was fantastic. But most importantly, it was a great place to bring the kids. Plenty of room for them to run around next to, but separate from, the dining area. The adjacent train tracks didn't hurt, although no train passed by when we were there. It'salso a big enough space that Glendale High Class of 2002 was holding a reunion event in the bar area, but we had room to spread out in the mostly empty dining area. Also, the salad was great, but the expertly cooked salmon made it even better.

Low point: I do wish the menu was a bit more diverse; the restaurant promises an "ever-evolving backboard menu," but if there was one, we didn't see it.

Atwater Crossing

Overall impression: Located next to the tracks in an industrial portion of Atwater Village. It gives it an added hole-in-the-wall (but really BIG hole-in-the-wall), "special-find" feeling

Chance we'll go back: Hopefully we'll be back, although I'm now concerned about rumors that Atwater Village Crossing has new owners. Could it be that we hit the restaurant right before it flipped into something different? Stay tuned.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

There were new owners a few months ago, I heard, but they fired all the staff last week. That's rumor. It was closed for a week or so, and is now back open.

What's fact is that their breakfasts are the real star. They have amazing pancakes, a wonderful polenta benedict, and amazing french toast.

site said...

Atwater Crossing is located on Casitas Avenue in South Atwater Village, along the train tracks between Fletcher and Glendale Boulevards.

We are conveniently located near the 2 and 5 freeways. Public transit is available along Glendale, Fletcher, and San Fernando. We are just off the LA River Bike Path. Come with proof of bicycle or public transportation and get a 10% discount!Casitas Avenue does not connect directly to Fletcher and Glendale, so you must enter from La Clede.

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