Willie Jane

Restaurant in Los Angeles

Southern & Soul Food Restaurant

So you’ve fed at FEED and you just can’t Gjelina today, something inside is seeking a southern sojourn with spot of soul.

So you continue your meander down Abbot Kinney, that sea-centric boulevard that boasts a disproportionate amount of artsy-indie trendsetting torchbearers and as of late, an explosion of destination defining culinary chops.  Keep going north.  Stop at Willie Jane.  And land at true south.

In the late Lilly’s layout, a parade of parlours string together, bar to back porch, cultivating an altogether charmed, albeit low-lit setting.  Expect nothing cliché, hokey or honkey tonk, but a refreshing southern salute with a modern mix.  Mercury glass mirrors and mason pendants mingle with moonshines, muscats, and jalapeno mac n cheese.

Though no southern touting stomping ground is legit without a biscuit to boast of.  The burnt orange honey butter that accompanies Willie Jane’s spin on the southern staple, served with the steam still rising from the breadboard, is a warm citrus dream.  Slather liberally.

Libations take a liberal spin on classics, my “Garden” blended Citron Geranium vodka, fennel dill gin, and lime Lillet.  Herbal, clean, delightful.

The devilled eggs deliver a deliciously smoky flavour – a light but ample beginning.  But that cast iron natural chicken with grilled lemon and poached garlic, with that crispy skin – it’s show stopping.

And that warm golden raisin oatmeal cookie finish, with the mascarpone inside?  Who knew Little Debbie grew up?

Undenying details right down to the vintage floral china and grandma’s mismatched silver, Bon Iver in the air, a scene both hip and historic results.  The produce is picked from the Cook’s Garden next door (it shares the crop with fellow phenom Tasting Kitchen), and talks of bottomless mimosas at brunch echo within the walls.  Southern comfort has arrived to round out the booming Abbot Kinney collective.  Come on out and drink in the drawl.

Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles

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Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine American
Need to book Advisable
Clientele Southern fare seekers, Venice locals, those who frequent the latest in up and coming hot spots
Restaurant good for Couples, Bar scene, Large groups, Meeting up with friends, Outdoor seating
Cost per head High
Dress Code Casual
Dining Options Brunch, Dinner

Additional Ambience Information

Looking forward to coming back in the summer and taking advantage of the patio.

Additional Price Comments

Sunday prix fixe dinners are a great approach to experiencing Willie Jane at a lower price point. Menu changes weekly, but at roughly $26/pp you’ve got three courses and money left over to peruse Abbot Kinney. Appetizers from $6 to $18; Entrees from $18.00. Sunday Prix Fix from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Last updated on 07-04-2015

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