#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 is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 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. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.7 million views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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