I was lucky enough to discover the Prep Kitchen in Little Italy at a business lunch (not appropriate to take photos so none for you, sorry). Then I took Mike to the one in La Jolla on our date (too dark for photos - sorry once again). The restaurant ambiance is night and day difference between the two. I strongly prefer the Little Italy location. The food was excellent and somewhat unique. Also a focus on locally sourced food. I have to say that I absolutely LOVE when you know what farm the food comes from. As farmer's market shoppers it's even more fun when we know the farmer and can make that connection.
The Prep Kitchen is worth a visit for lunch or for dinner. The Kale salad with pumpkin is yummy. Even the standard spinach salad with apples, bacon and blue cheese was out of this world. We shared the Porter Braised Short Ribs which were just melt in your mouth. Even though that is not something normally on our food list, when we get to know the farm where meat comes from we make allowances :-) What a difference too.
Definitely visit the Prep Kitchen - it's in the same restaurant group as Whiskandladle...
Keeping it real!