The Chilled S'mores at The Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey Have Us in a Holiday Mood
What better way to kick off the holiday weekend than by sampling a chilled s'mores concoction on the waterfront? That's what we did today at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey in Los Angeles.
The hotel recently opened a brand new, farm-to-table restaurant concept called Cast & Plow. Previously, this space was home to the stuffy JER-NE restaurant. But the entire dining room, as well as the extended lobby space, was gutted to create a light, airy and breezy social setting, complete with flat-screen TVs and communal tables with outlets.
Cast & Plow prides itself on locally sourcing ingredients and the menu even shows you exactly where the food comes from in California. The shareable dishes like a cheese plate ($14), kale chips ($7) and avocado & chips ($12, the avocado is mixed with blue cheese and sriracha) make Cast & Plow a great place for a quick bites while larger entrees like the chicken sandwich ($17), a local cod with grilled corn ($24) and an all-natural prime beef hamburger ($19) give you an excuse to linger and admire the incredible view. Boats, boats, and more boats!
Oh and how can we forget dessert? The s'mores you see here are made with 39 percent chocolate pudding, Italian meringue, sea-salted marshmallows and house-made graham crackers. Clearly, three crackers was not enough. So we just ate the rest of the pudding out of the jar. #classy.
Rates at the Ritz-Carlton start at $429 a night. Cast & Plow is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, starting at 6:30am. For more on the menus and the times of service, go here.