I’ve been wanting to check out Auntie Em’s Kitchen since they opened up on 5th Street between Main and Los Angeles Streets a few months ago. I never made it to that location because they just moved a few blocks down 5th Street between Spring and Broadway to the old Two Bits Market location. We did go to the new location the other night. When we walked up to the restaurant there was a small group of people blocking the entrance. We thought as we grew closer they would move out of the way so we could go inside, but that was not the case. We finally had to say “Excuse us” so we could get inside. It was quite odd. More on them in a minute.
Once we got inside we were greeted by the friendly guy behind the counter where we placed our orders. One of the reasons Auntie Em’s moved locations was to be able to serve alcohol. The old Two Bits Market had a liquor license and Auntie Em’s inherited it when they took over the location. Because of this, I decided to try Uncle Em’s Lemonade ($12) which is described as “a nice big pint of our lemonade of the day with a double dose of vodka.” Quite refreshing!
There are vintage board games scattered around the restaurant. We sat at a table with the game Connect Four and played until our food arrived. Side note: I sucked at Connect Four as a child, and I suck at it as an adult.
I ordered Short Rib Melt ($11). It was slow braised beef, pickled red onions, pickles, Havarti cheese on toasted bread. I really enjoyed this sandwich. My husband ordered Emelia’s Farmers Market Chop Chop Salad ($11). It was a bowl of kale, chopped hard-boiled eggs, teardrop tomatoes, sesame seeds, garbanzo beans, shredded carrots, shredded beets, avocado with a pesto vinaigrette. He added tuna for an additional $3. My husband really loved this salad.
Okay, remember the people who couldn’t be bothered to move out of the way to let us in the restaurant? Apparently, one of them (guy with Mohawk) works there and the others were his friends. I have no idea why he would block the entrance to paying customers at the restaurant where he works. With the exception of this employee and his friends, everyone and everything about Auntie Em’s Kitchenette was great. I look forward to eating there again soon and trying some of the amazing looking desserts, but if the guy with the Mohawk is working, I will keep walking and go back another day.
Auntie Em’s Kitchenette 210 W. 5th Street (between Broadway & Spring) 213.627.2636