The other day we went on a double date with 2 of our best friends Loee and Joel. We opted to stay local and check out the new bread shop which had started to serve pizza and beer.
Lodge Bread is located on Washington Blvd just west of the 405 in Del Rey. We had been hearing about their amazing bread and figured the pizza (and pizza dough) must also be amazing.
We went on a Saturday afternoon and were greeted with a small crowd. The inside of the restaurant was cramped but I loved how the back kitchen areas were totally exposed so that guests could watch the bread and pastries chefs all day long. The prices were a bit steep [warning] so we all opted to share our pizzas and salads. Jeff and I chose a burrata pizza and a chopped salad. The food tasted pretty awesome and the service was fast - but I am not sure it was totally worth the price. I would definitely suggest that you share the entrees.
After we ate, we decided we needed something sweet. Instead of opting for a pastry at Lodge Bread, Loee suggested we check out the ice cream shoppe down the street - Ginger's Divine Ice Cream.
Ginger's is amazing and offers ice cream by the pint, as well as gelato pops and hand dipped cones. They have an excellent flavor range and were super great about samples (this is a big deal to me - unlimited samples amiright?). I opted for Panacotta and it was so good...almost as good as Salt & Straw which is still my personal fave.
There was plenty of seating in and outside the shoppe. I loved the bright yellow patio and how the entire facade brings life to a relatively plain area of Washington Blvd. I so appreciate when newer business invigorate an area of the city that could benefit from it. The fact that we all live so local also makes me happy as I often drive past this bright yellow corner.
We enjoyed our treats in the sunshine and made our next double date plans.
Life is sweet.