Muddy Leek, a new restaurant by Bon Melange Catering owners Chef Whitney Flood and Julie Retzlaff has opened in Culver City. Melange and Whitney are known for staging rotating, underground dinners together, but Muddy Leek is their first independent restaurant venture.
Muddy Leek focuses on farm-to-table fare, thanking their "favorite farmers" on the menu. Everything is made in-house, showcasing ingredients locally sourced from farms and markets.
The restaurant decor is a mix between an E. Stewart Williamshomeand a gastropub, with sleek, large floor-to-ceiling windows and fabric chairs, marble tabletops, peach napkins and vintage looking bar stools.
Menu highlights include the chicken fried bacon with tomato chutney ($7); juniper venison with braised bacon-sweet potato hash ($28); Paso Prime flatiron steak with grilled celeriac and New Zealand spinach ravioli ($27); winter squash gnocchi with sage brown butter ($8); and cardamon panna cotta with orange cookie, coconut crumble and rose essence ($8).