For the love of Mondays
I love Mondays. Not just because I don’t work Mondays. But for the same reason I love the dawn. Everything is in a calmer state (besides traffic) and is attempting to find equilibrium from the happenings of the weekend.
But most of all, I love Mondays because I get to be with myself. And I feel less pressure to be social. It is also just very challenging for me to not be social.
This Monday I had some quality me time with my coffee and then before I knew it I somehow had lunch plans and dinner plans. Oh, the life of a Libra.
But I have to share my new favorite spot with you all. From the food to the ambiance to the decor. It is on point. And it is hidden so it needs the press.
It was a beautiful mild sunny day in Los Angeles,. Yes, mild as in 60 degree temperature. My lovely friend Caroline ventured to the East side to finally see my new place and do our favorite thing… EAT!
I stumbled upon Momed one Sunday thanks to Yelp when most other places were closed. I had a long day of motorcycle training and needed to feed my falafel addiction. I was just picking up a carry out order, but was stopped in my tracks as soon as I walked in. I was initially shocked that a restaurant existed on this random street, but floored by the gorgeous outdoor seating with perfect lighting and clean, yet sophisticated bar. I knew I would have to come back.
When Caroline and I first arrived it was just as I remembered.
Momed is tucked away in the the creative space area of Atwater Village. And you wouldn’t even know it, but behind the green wall are train tracks, that is until a train goes by. Momed is a full service restaurant, but also has a cafe area where they serve Wrecking Ball coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. The cafe is open 8am-6pm during the week and 9am-6pm on weekends. The full services restaurant is open all day, but the kitchen does close for a couple hours before dinner service starts at 5pm. Check their website here more info. While writing this post I also learned they have a location in Beverly Hills and it’s their original location.
What you all have been waiting for
We started with Momed chips; a combination of fries/chips served warm with ketchup and aioli. They taste just like you would think. Definitely a safe pick and free if you check in on Yelp.
We spilt the Momed Plate, but subbed out the tabbouleh for muhammara. First off, their avocado is incredibly creamy and delicious. There is definitely a hint of citrus. The falafel is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside filled with fresh herbs. Wish I had a picture of the inside!Lastly, if you have never had muhammara you are missing out. It is mix of red pepper, walnuts, and other spices. The pita bread is served warm and quite tasty. I do really love bread. And they will give you more if you ask nicely.
We also split the Organic Three Grain salad filled with arugula (my favorite), farro (my other favorite), wild rice, quinoa, avocado, shaved radish, and topped with a basil vinaigrette. Its pieces come together to make a satisfying and fresh salad. This is definitely a salad worth paying for. I have been craving it ever since.
Momed starts Happy Hour early at 2:30 spanning until 6pm. On Mondays, all bottles of wine are 50% off. Yes, I know I have to take advantage of this. I haven’t indulged into any of their alcoholic beverages, but I am looking forward to it. We had iced tea and mint lemonade, but it was nothing to write home about.
Overall, Momed is must try. I personally enjoy that it is off the beaten path, but well worth it for its atmosphere and tasty food.
Let’s make it a thing… Momed Mondays.
What are some tucked-away restaurants that deserve more press in your opinion?
There’s no better time than now,