Sunday, February 8, 2015


10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tel: 310.553.3636
$$$ ($30-45)
Fri, 02/06/2015, 10:00pm walk-in
    (4 Piglets)

The Los Angeles based Hillstone Restaurant Group is comprised of multiple restaurants that include Houston's, R+D Kitchen, Bandera and Gulfstream. Majority of these restaurants provide a casual, yet seasoned atmosphere delivering good quality dishes. The ribs are grilled to your preference, oysters are shucked to order, and the burgers are moist and juicy. 

Gulfstream is a seafood-focused restaurant. The fishes are fresh and are usually served within 24 hours of being caught. The menu offers a few non-seafood dishes, but the seafood is the highlight of this establishment...and quite possibly the artichoke.

2 Heavenly Biscuits ($2.00): "worth the wait" The biscuits were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. They were flaky and made with rosemary to enhance the flavor. Butter and honey were served on the side and definitely made the biscuits taste a whole lot better (in my opinion, butter makes everything taste better). The biscuits were served warm, but I preferred if they were served piping hot. 

Mesquite Grilled Artichokes ($14.00): My favorite dish. Served with Creole remoulade. This dish is the highlight of the restaurant and the Hillstone Group. The artichokes are seasoned well, the mesquite grill gave the artichoke a smokey flavor and the creamy, tangy remoulade sauce (which resembles a rich tartar sauce) just sealed the deal. 

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($36.00): Served with Pommery mustard sauce, coleslaw, and french fries. The crab cakes were quite succulent with a crunchy crust and delicate interior. The cole slaw was a bit refreshing. The fries were no Heston's triple cooked chips but they were good nonetheless. 

Gulfstream Cheeseburger ($17.00): Fresh ground chuck, Jack cheese, marinated onions, and arugula on an egg bun with haystack fries. At first glance, everything about this burger was enticing. The burger was juicy, rich, and full of flavor. The bun to meat ratio was perfect. This was a pretty darn good, fancy yet, simple burger. I ordered it medium-rare, which is how most burgers should be ordered. 

Overall, Gulfstream brings good food with simplicity. The portion sizes are fairly large. If you're looking for good ribs, a good burger or just good seafood without being overly constructed, this might be a great option. For those who reside in Orange County, there is a Gulfstream restaurant in Newport Beach, but the menu is slightly different. Word of advice: Order the artichokes. You won't regret it. 

Notable dishes: Mequite Grilled Artichokes and the Gulfstream Cheeseburger

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