The other week we found ourselves at a tasting at Monsieur Marcel surrounded by the likes of the editors/contributors to ThrillistLA, FeastLA, EaterLA, WhereLA, and the DuoDishes. Needless to say, we felt out of place on a number of levels. First off, all these blogs have been around MUCH longer and are FAR more famous/notorious than ours. They are legit blogs, where their writers get paid to…write, unlike our half-assed money-sucking ‘hobby’ here. Also, we are queens of the cheap and easy. Don’t get us wrong, we love a fancy meal and a classy joint, but usually to enjoy one we have to make a decision between paying the bills and eating a delicious meal (often the meal wins.)
Anyway, Monsieur Marcel spoiled the holy bajezzuz out of us the other week and gave us this amazing 400 course meal (really, it was 5 courses) that left us so fat, so drunk, and so incredibly happy – and it was just a Tuesday night!
The best part is – we don’t have to feel guilty telling you about it because not only are MM’s normal menu prices pretty reasonable (especially for a spot that makes you feel like you’ve somehow escaped the hectic obese tourist crowd of the Farmers Market and stepped into a little bistro in France), but also because they have happy hour! A great one at that!
Monsieur Marcel Happy Hour
Mon – Fri , 3-7pm
ALL glasses of wine 50% off, $5-$7 Plates of Delicious European Style Apps (think Pate, Chorizo, Salamis, etc…)
When you’re done with happy hour, you can stop by the market and do some boozed up perusing of all the wonderfully amazing goodies that Monsieur Marcel stocks. MM tries to keep the most authentic and hard to find items from around Europe and Africa – with over 80 different types of chocolates (most of which you won’t find anywhere else), colorful and specialty flavored pastas, a huge assortment of jams and jellys, fancy bottles of brandy, tequila, and even some genuine absinthe. On top of this, there is an amazing cellar of wines from around the world, including the mothership of Bordeaux selections. And, while many things can be rather pricey, there are some items at the store that are actually quite the steal – like the fresh packaged spices that come in around $3 a container (larger, less expensive, and fresher than the stuff you’ll buy in the glass bottles at Ralphs) or the fresh cheeses – you can have them slice off as little or as much as you need.
Also, and please forgive us for not reporting this sooner, the Farmers Market has a summer concert series with live music from an eclectic assortment of groups every Thursday and Friday through September (please read the list of band names, some of them are freakin strange and hilarious).
We’re thinking: bottle of happy hour wine + a ton of brie + a plate of salami + live music on the patio is the perfect way to spend every single Thursday and Friday for the rest of the summer. Don’t you agree?
Monsieur Marcel / 6333 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA / 323.939.7792 / www.mrmarcel.com/home.aspx (Open Mon-Sat, 9am – 9pm. Sun, 9am – 7pm)