#MinaMoments: Bourbon Steakhouse at The Americana at Brand


I was excited to be invited to Bourbon Steakhouse at The Americana at Brand which opened only five months ago. Chef Michael Mina and his collection of fine restaurants have won so many awards; I could not wait to see what it would be like. I enjoyed starting the evening with the special bubbly from White Horse which made the whole evening feel like a celebration!

As you enter, notice the Wall of 234 vintage spoons from all around the world. This restaurant has a travel theme for Glendale because it was where the first transcontinental flight took off.

Our wonderful server, Tony, brought us a trio of sauces with our trio of fries. He was extremely knowledgable about the restaurant and the food. He tempted me to try a different type of steak and our multitude of food issues were no problem at this establishment.

Wondering what to start with? Our Appetizers included Octopus a la plancha with romesco, fingerling potato, lemon, and almond; Roasted eggplant & avocado dip with the most incredible chickpea fries, and heirloom vegetables and my favorite: Heirloom tomatoes with garlic aioli, onion rings, lovage, cucumber. I could eat a whole dinner of chickpea fries.

Between the three of us, we ate a Rib cap 8oz, Bavette 8oz, and the special Wood grill fish of the day, ahi tuna. The bavette was excellent, the rib cap was out of this world and the ahi is fresh and seasoned really well. Additionally we added the Delta asparagus with 7 treasures and the baked potato with accompaniments. I love a good baked potato.

Chef Joseph Conrad moved from Seattle to open this restaurant and his modern steakhouse menu includes steak, fish, pasta and vegetarian options. Gluten free, or dairy free are available here just talk to your server. The meat is Domestic black angus and there is also three types wagyu beef available here: Japanese, Australian rib eye (1 in 4 restaurants in Los Angeles to offer this) and a Prime black angus with a one-foot long bone dinner for two! Chef also recommends the Maine lobster pot pie.

Dessert is decadent here:
Devil’s food cake: dark chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate cream, peanut butter powder and peanut butter ganache
Butterscotch toffee pudding: Macallan 12 toffee, with madeleines and
Michael Mina’s signature root beer float. Huckleberry and root beer sorbet are available.

What will you eat first? What do you want to try? Let me know your favorites!

A special thank you to my dining companions: Laura Koleniak and Betsy Flanagan as well as the marvelous team at Bourbon Steakhouse.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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