It’s always hard to be the last one to post, but better late than never, right? Since my friends Olga and Steven covered a lot of First Friday @ Abbot Kinney I’ll keep this pretty short.
We got to First Friday much later than 6 but had no trouble finding parking. First Friday is supposed to be about art and local businesses, they say, but for me there seemed to be an emphasis on food trucks. There were at least four food trucks per block and a special parking lot full of them! Now I have been a big fan of The Grilled Cheese Truck ever since I tried them last month at Downtown LA Artwalk (to be covered next month!), so naturally there was no competition as to what I was craving that night. Even when we saw the line below…(30-40 minute wait, at least!)
I highly recommend the Caprese Melt (Fresh Mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic syrup) but Friday I tried the Brie Melt (Double Cream Brie, Smoked Pork Loin and Peach Preserves) and it was delicious. There’s a bit of a kick along with a fruity peach taste. It’s a pricey $7.50 and your time in line, but totally worth it. We saw a lot of other good food choices there. I wanted to try the Ice Cream Sandwiches ($5) but it was pretty cold that night so we opted instead for the spiral cut potato with cinnamon sugar. ($6) Yum! It’s a bit hard to pull off yes, but a great sweet treat.
While we didn’t really have time to hit the bars (there were some lines), I hear The Brig is a great one to check out. They have food truck hours daily, and DJs everyday from 10pm to closing. There were a few cool art galleries here and there as well. Overall it’s a fun event to check out the food, the music and the art and meet a few new friends as well. Venice is always a great spot to observe and people watch.
Until next time,