Some restaurants rely on the known, their kitchens defined by specialties that, at their best, evolve into unchanging icons. That consistency is both comfortable and admirable, and is what defines the best neighborhood restaurants and many of our famed temples of fine dining. But then there are restaurants that are guided by the seasons. These are kitchens that constantly iterate, producing ever-changing menus.
Such is the case at Anaheim’s Poppy & Seed. The greenhouse restaurant is ringed by an on-site garden that provides its kitchen with herbs, vegetables, and fruit. From week to week, dishes evolve with each harvest. In fact, the restaurant itself is something of an evolution, guided by Michael and Kwini Reed, the husband-and-wife team behind L.A. brunch hot spot Poppy and Rose.