What to Eat at Post & Beam, Grand-Opening Tuesday

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Govind Armstrong Photo: Melissa Hom

Already soft-serving sporadically since late December, Post & Beam, the Baldwin Hills restaurant that marks a return for L.A. chef Govind Armstrong, grand-opens Tuesday, January 10th, in a stand-alone stunner parked in a southern corner of the lot at Crenshaw Plaza in Baldwin Hills. The dominant theme here is "homegrown." Armstrong was himself raised in nearby Inglewood, part of the reason he jumped to join restaurateur Brad Johnson in a mission to bring real food in a casual setting to South L.A., while an on-site herb and veggie garden will be backed up with produce from the South Central Farmers Collective and drafts will be Cal-centric, with ales on offer from Stone, Eel River, Sierra Nevada, and Eagle Rock, among others.

Armstrong's farm-foraged dishes here will take advantage of an open heart broiler and wood-burning oven, with a menu loaded with turkey meatballs, deviled eggs, hand-cut pasta, beer-grilled pork chops, roasted salmon in smoked tomato butter, "sticky little" ribs, salads of braised fennel and small plates of procured vegetables, wood-scorched, hand-stretched pizzas, cast-iron chicken, and apple tarts for dessert.

The restaurant is obviously a huge departure from the type of restaurants currently crowding Crenshaw Plaza and a vital option in a swath of town often pointed to in each and every food desert story that rears its head. Find out if it Armstrong's seasonal stewardship and grounded approach is a bigger hit than Downtown Buffet next Tuesday at 5:00 P.M.

Post & Beam plans to open its bar from 5:00-10:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday, 5:00-11:00 P.M. Friday and Saturday, with the kitchen open at 5:30 P.M. daily. See the full current menu below.

Post & Beam, 3767 Santa Rosalia Dr. Baldwin Hills. 323-299-5599.

Earlier: Govind Goes Back to Cali, Will Take The Reins at Post & Beam [GS]

Brad Johnson Bringing Post and Beam to Baldwin Hills [GS]

MENU

Intros

Warm Garlic Crust
with choice of: sea salt & green olive oil, house ricotta, marinated olives, smoked eggplant puree

House Spiced Corn Nuts

Deviled Eggs with house smoked whiting

Turkey Sausage Meatballs spicy wood roasted tomato sauce

Wood Oven Baked Mussels with grilled bread and paprika butter

Grilled Octopus with garbanzo, preserved lemon and cracked olive

Sticky Little Ribs with roasted potato, braised fennel salad

Classic Caesar Salad with focaccia croutons

Wild Arugula, Roasted Beets, Ricotta Salad with hazelnut sherry vinaigrette

Local Lettuces And Endive with braeburn apple, shaved fennel, yogurt

Oven Roasted Penne with short rib bolognese, arugula and shaved parmesan

Hand Cut Pasta with turkey sausage meatballs and crushed tomato sauce

11" Hand-Stretched Pizzas

Crushed Tomato, Local Mozzarella, Snipped Basil, Unfiltered Olive Oil

House Made Sausage, Fire Roasted Peppers, Grilled Onion, Cheese Blend

Wild Mushroom, California Goat Cheese, Nettles

Turkey Meatball, Cheese Blend, Roasted Tomato Sauce, Fennel Pollen

Charred Broccolini, Roasted Olives, Balsamic Onion, Sweet Garlic

Larger Plates, served with two small plates

Boneless Beef Short Ribs
fresh horseradish

Roasted Salmon
smoked tomato butter

Grilled Beer Brined Pork Chop
charred onions

Cast Iron Natural Chicken
poached garlic and sage

Certified Angus Beef Sirloin Steak
beef butter

Small Plates

Long Cooked Greens, House Smoked Ham Hock

Mashed Potatoes

Charred Broccolini with homegrown chili and garlic

Grilled Cauliflower, Braised Chickpea, Salsa Verde

Grilled Asparagus, Preserved Lemon Aioli

Roasted New Potatoes