Chef Jordan Kahn's bad-boy rep lives on in the name of this minimalist, Nordic-inspired cafe in Culver City, where he's cooking up a daily-changing menu of unique breakfast and lunch dishes. The 16-seat space matches the surrounding neighborhood -- an industrial area turned design district -- with its carefully curated furniture, ceramics, and menu that's featured raw oatmeal and fried kale (a first for LA). San Francisco's Coffee Manufactory and Portland's Roseline supply caffeine and bring a sense of familiarity to an otherwise unpredictable menu.
If the thought of ordering a breakfast dish with no idea of what will actually arrive excites you, Destroyer is your spot. Chef Jordan Kahn’s Culver City cafe applies his signature futuristic fine dining techniques to breakfast standards, yielding wild new takes on french toast, oatmeal, waffles, and more. That oatmeal, for example, may come out raw, with a roasted almond praline, red currants, and the Icelandic yogurt skyr. French toast may come deconstructed, a slice of sweetened bread accompanied by a ring of ripe peach around a circle of whipped ricotta, with a sidecar of birch syrup to drizzle over the top. The Loaded Avocado Confit is as far-out a take on avocado toast as you’ll find; the coffee and pastries are perhaps more familiar, but no less thrilling for it.
How to order: Walk in or order ahead through their website.
At Destroyer, you get a fine-dining experience for half the cost. Food is a visual art here, but it’s also downright delectable. Take the Raw Oatmeal, which has everyone waxing poetic about, well, oatmeal: a creamy, chewy bowl of grains that conceals hidden fruit and textured nut butter, all topped with a frozen yogurt disk. Even the Beef Tartare (a dish done to death everywhere in LA) feels surprisingly fresh, served buried beneath thinly sliced radish and mixed with pickled mushrooms and grains.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome or order online for pickup or delivery.