Food & Drink | Bon Appétit

Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop

By Jean T. Barrett | Photos by Vanessa Stump

Published September 2016

Chef Anthony Jacquet and pastry chef-baker Lea Newton pooled their talents to open Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop, a farm-to-table café that aims to be Encino’s go-to food and drink spot all day and into the early evening (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends). Claudine is named after Jacquet’s late sister, who encouraged him to defy parental wishes and pursue his passion for food. That family spirit permeates Claudine, a warm and welcoming eatery serving some of the tastiest home-style cooking in the area.

The restaurant does most of its business during the day, so Jacquet and Newton are courting the early-evening crowd with an array of tidbits for happy hour (4:59–6:59 p.m.), most priced at $4.59. In fact, you can feast for a pittance on the happy-hour offerings, which might include one of their signature “naan-zzas,” individual pizzas on house-made naan bread with flavorful and cheesy toppings. The more substantial dishes from the all-day menu include a killer short rib grilled cheese sandwich, just as sinful as it sounds, and a well-sauced, crisp-fried chicken sandwich with a pillowy bun. Lighter eaters can tuck into the K-Town veggie salad, full of chewy brown rice and impeccably fresh farmers market produce and tossed in an Asian-style dressing.

Claudine has become a local favorite for indulgent breakfasts featuring sweet temptations such as malted milk pancakes and cinnamon crème brûlée French toast, but I would steer you toward the savory chilaquiles with chicken and a sunny-side up egg, napped in a tangy green tomatillo sauce.

Whatever time of the day or evening, Newton’s fresh-baked pastries and desserts, ranging from browned-butter Rice Krispies treats to raspberry toaster pastries, will fill any empty spots.

Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop

Location: 16350 Ventura Boulevard, Suite F, Encino

Info: 1-818-616-38381-818-616-3838

Setting: A bright and cheery space with a blackboard mural of favorite ingredients on one wall

Service: Order at the cash register and staff members bring food and beverages to your table in short order

Best dishes: Briana’s short rib grilled cheese sandwich, K-Town veggie salad, chilaquiles, browned-butter Rice Krispies treats

Dinner prices: Starters, $3.59–$6.59; entrées, $9.59–$14.59; desserts, $3.50–$7.59

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