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The Local Peasant

If you are looking for chef-driven comfort food The Local Peasant is your perfect restaurant destination. With two locations, Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills, this delicious eatery is a true American bistro.


Owners Karl Makinen, Chad Henderson, Mario Guddei and Sal Aurora have a ton of experience in the restaurant business, and they wanted to bring local and delicious tastes here to the Valley. They started the Sherman Oaks location 9 years ago and the Woodland Hills location is currently celebrating its 6th year.


The atmosphere of The Local Peasant is family friendly along with a cool vibe. It's a nice gathering spot for a night out or celebrating a birthday. The restaurant is perfect for sizable groups with numerous large communal tables. "We hit all zones – whether it's the kids with mom and dad, couples out for a night out or our vibrant late-night crowd," says owner Chad Henderson.


The whole concept of the spot is based on "peasant" food – a local pub with simple and tasty dishes. One of the most popular items on the menu is the Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with tomato, red wine vinegar, chili flakes, lettuce and buttermilk jalapeno dill spread on a cheddar jalapeno pretzel roll. Another favorite is the Fish & Chips, mini beer battered red snapper, hand cut fries, tartar sauce, lemon, chives, house sauce, and malt vinegar.


To celebrate their 6th year in Woodland Hills, every customer is getting a free delicious bite! This includes the Bacon & Eggs, which is deviled eggs with brown sugar-chili Applewood smoked bacon and the Tuna Ceviche Tostada, with Ahi tuna, avocado, shaved red onion, jalapeno, lime, and cilantro.


The Local Peasant has some amazing, as well as rare craft beers. "We have craft beers that not everybody gets and we take a lot of pride in that," says owner Karl Makinen. Try the Fremont Lush out of Seattle, Modern Times Ice from San Diego, Yorkshire Early Doors from Torrance, or Anthem Pear of Salem.


They also have some delicious and unique cocktails on the menu. "We don't use mixes or canned juices. We use fresh juices and we make our own simple syrup," says Karl. "It's basically like the way cocktails used to be done."


Try the Old Fashioned – made up with Knob Creek Rye, simple syrup, Peychaud's bitters, and orange peel. The Watermelon Cocktail is rum, fresh watermelon, lime, simple syrup, and mint, and the Slushie Frosé is Rosé, Sipsmith gin, St. Germaine, and strawberries. A brand new addition is Passionfruit Margarita! Delish!


Try the Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.! It features appetizers such as Buffalo Chicken Tostada, Point Reyes blue cheese w/shredded lettuce on a corn tostada, or Peasant Minis with skinny fries. Craft beers included are Modern Times Ice, Fremont Lush and Cigar City Florida Cracker, and cocktails are Sunrise Fresca, Moscow Mule, and Old Fashioned as well as a selection of wines.


There is also a late night menu sold from 11 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. It's perfect for those late night cravings with an upscale vibe. Menu items include the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque, German Style Pretzel or a Mezza Plate with hummus, roasted peppers, cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, vegan feta cheese, radishes and corn chips, drizzled with lemon.


And don't forget to come by for brunch. The Local Peasant features a make-your-own Bloody Mary Bar. There are various hot sauces, homemade tomato juice and condiments like lime and lemon juice, shrimp and kimchee, blue cheese olives, bacon, jicama, carrot, celery and all different kinds of spices. On the food side, there is the wonderful Chicken Chilaquiles, which is crispy tortillas and shredded chicken breast tossed in salsa verde, with two eggs, black beans, queso fresco, cilantro, sour cream, and pickled red onions.


The Local Peasant is located at 14058 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks and 22901 Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills. For more information log onto www.thelocalpeasant.com

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