A California chain…serving The Grove, Sherman Oaks, and others.
There’s something about Marmalade Café I just can’t get behind. Maybe it’s the fact that it suffers from the same problem at La Piazza (which itself is not too far away in the Grove). It’s got a fantastic location (right at the mouth of the Farmer’s Market), but it suffers in comparison to other places in the Grove and Farmer’s Market. I mean would you rather be here or go to The Gumbo Pot, Whisper Lounge, Ulysses Voyage, or even Wood Ranch. Me? I’d rather go to any one of those places.
But if you’re with someone who’s…maybe not as food adventurous as you are, maybe this is the place to go. It will give you a nice…I guess…California centric meal for a nice price. You’ll probably be able to get in on reasonably short notice. No one in the Kitchen or Waitstaff will embarrass themselves.
But if I’m there, I’ll be thinking of someplace else the whole time.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Oh, I see. It’s a chain. A local chain, but a chain nonetheless. So I’ve been here before to both the Grove and the Sherman Oaks locations (and dragged there both times).
Last time I was there, I was with a lovely young lady (couldn’t get her to dive into the Gumbo Pot), and wound up having a nice enough time there. (Company more than the food). I had the Filet Mignon Chili Bowl, which was…all things considered a very nice bowl of Chili…
…but dammit, Gumbo Ya-Ya was jut a few frickin’ feet away. Dangit!!
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: There’s nothing really to warn you about. It’s here. It’s got food, and…meh.
PARKING: Since its technically in the Farmer’s Market, you can try the Farmer’s Market Parking Area. Good luck that. More certain parking accommodations are to be found in the Grove’s massive Parking Garage. But we warned, since Marmalade is technically a part of the Farmer’s Market, they don’t validate for the Grove’s Garage.
Look, stop by Barnes and Noble pick up a magazine, get validated there, you’ll be fine.
6333 W. 3rd # E17
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (323) 954 – 0088
Monday-Thursday: 9:00am – 10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 9:30pm