La Frite Café on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks is one of those local neighborhood restaurants that you’ve probably driven by a hundred times. With its yellow and black striped awning, welcoming outdoor patio and quaint French bistro décor, it’s time you paid this little Valley gem a visit.
A great excuse to stop by is their happy hour menu, which is served every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and features a variety of small, scrumptious plates. Priced from $5-$8 each, they offer a tasty sample of some popular main menu dishes, as well as some specials exclusive to happy hour.
Among the menu’s offerings are the tempura battered Halibut Beignets. Light, crisp and delicious, they are served with an herby, caper aioli for dipping. Two juicy top sirloin Sliders are offered with a choice of three different preparations; the “La Frite” style with spinach, mushrooms, and bacon is highly recommended. To accompany the sliders, you should definitely order the addicting La Frite fries, which are matchstick-style and perfectly cooked.
A popular dish among the La Frite dinner crowd is the Short Ribs, braised in a ruby port wine sauce and served over truffle polenta. During happy hour, you can indulge on Short Ribs Au Gratin, a decadent interpretation of the main dish.The tender meat is served over a creamy scalloped potato and topped with the luscious port sauce.
A trio cheese plate will round out your meal nicely, with a selection of fine cheeses, crostini, dried cherries and other accouterments.
All of the tasting-sized portions are reasonable and enough to share with another guest if you wish to order a variety and get a nibble of everything. And of course the full dessert menu, including their beloved Chocolate Soufflé, is available if you have any extra room.
But what would a happy hour be without drink specials? La Frite offers 50 percent off wines by the glass, ½ carafe and bottle, as well as $2 off well drinks, special cocktails and beer.
A family-owned restaurant, the service at La Frite is always exceptional. The hostess and staff are friendly and accommodating, aiming to make your dining experience thoroughly enjoyable. Whether it’s happy hour, lunch, dinner, or champagne brunch, you are sure to walk away smiling from La Frite.
La Frite Café, 15013 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA. 818-990-1791
Open for Breakfast and Lunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Champagne Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.
The restaurant offers Valet Parking. Metered Street Parking is also available.