Families love to come here because not only does it have a kid’s menu that includes a cheese or pepperoni pizza, penne with butter, penne marinara (with a meatball) and chicken and veggies, but the adult food is quite tasty and flavorful.
Even though sit-down dining will have to wait, this restaurant has savory, mouth-watering food on an extensive menu that offers numerous options and includes gluten-free and low-fat.
With more than 170 reviews on Yelp, the restaurant received five stars from one reviewer, who ate there in January and reported: “Beech Street is easily one of my favorite restaurants in the Palisades! They have a wide variety of phenomenal salads, a great lentil soup, great pizza, and the best brownie ala mode I have eaten in at least a decade!”
The restaurant lost some points because several people commented on the service, but everyone seemed to agree that the food was top-notch and tasty.
The goat cheese ($12) baked in a marinara sauce with warm bread sticks is one resident’s favorite appetizer. Yet another said the toasted ciabatta with the garlic sauce and mozzarella cheese ($11.75) was “the perfect way to start a meal.”
There’s a wide range of salads from the New York chopped ($15) and the Beech Street house ($13.50) to the arugula artichoke ($13) and the beet salad ($13.75) that includes red and golden beets, arugula, toasted walnuts and shaved parmesan. The salmon salad ($21) includes sautéed salmon on a bed of mixed greens, with tomatoes, zucchini, carrots and a balsamic Dijon vinaigrette.
Sandwiches, which are served on ciabatta bread with a choice of house salad, Caesar salad or pasta salad, range from the Chicken Chili Rocket ($14.50) with chicken breast and spicy Dutch chilies, arugula and brie cheese to the Italian Grinder ($14.50) capicola ham, genoa salami, prosciutto, provolone, lettuce, onion and tomato to the Sausage and Peppers ($14.50) with grilled sausage, roasted peppers and caramalized onions.
The pastas and risottos include the spaghetti Bolognese ($19.25), linguini and clams ($23.00), lobster ravioli ($23.75) and seafood risotto ($25.75).
The entrees are all tempting and include several chicken dishes, such as chicken parmesan ($25.25 and $21), chicken marsala ($25.25) and chicken picatta ($25.25). There are two salmon options ($30.50): sautéed wild-caught salmon or poached salmon with steamed asparagus, and a Fish of the Day.
When I dined there last, we split one of Beech Street’s yummy salads and ordered a pizza, which made for a perfect lunch. A typical Neapolitan cheese pizza is $22, but diners can select their own ingredients to satisfy cravings.
The calzones ($18) are also delightful and are large enough to satisfy a teenage boy’s appetite or provide a second meal for someone with a slower metabolism.
(Visit: beechstreetcafe.com or call 310-573-1940.)