1420 East 18th Avenue
You will find bone broth on the drinks menu as a specialty item at this City Park West eatery. Owners Terese and Mark Nery tap into their Chinese-American and Filipino roots for their original recipe. Each batch is made with bones from roasted, free-range chickens and turkeys, which simmers overnight with roasted onion, ginger and star anise. The next day the broth is finished with Red Boat fish sauce and salt.
"I haven't had bone broth at any restaurant in town, but have had some store-bought," says Mark, who also uses the broth as the base for the restaurant's congee. "What makes ours different is that we use a lot of bones, which give body, not just meat, which gives flavor. Plus, ours will solidify when cooled because it has more collagen."
Next time you're in for breakfast or lunch, you absolutely should add it to your meal in either a 12-ounce or 16-ounce mug, for $3.99 and $5.99, respectively.
Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe
3326 Tejon Street
3350 Brighton Boulevard (inside the Source)
If you could drink velvet, it might taste like the luscious bone broth from this butcher shop, and we mean that in the best possible way. The liquid coats the tongue with creamy fat, while remaining restorative and satisfying. The reason this bone broth proves so darn good is because of, well, the bones of the operation. Each batch simmers for at least 48 hours and is made with two pounds of roasted, 100-percent grass-fed, local beef joint bones for every quart of water. The smallest dash of apple cider vinegar is added, which, says Kavanaugh, helps release the minerals in the bones.
"When you're using 100 percent grass-fed beef bones, it means that any fat in the broth is also going to be high in Omega-3s," she says. "It's one of those foods that fires on all cylinders, a sort of catch-all to help your body function at its best." Not only that, but it's delicious. Get it year-round at both the LoHi and RiNo butcher shops for $15 a quart or $6 a cup. When you buy the latter, you can also add a booster such as lemon-ginger-turmeric or mushroom-thyme. Or, for $1 extra, throw in a cube of rendered bone marrow. Just don't be surprised if it comes in the shape of a Star Wars character.