Dear Johns on Culver
just came from there tonight.
i'd recommend sticking to the courvoisier.
after you've had enough courvoisier, and enough good conversation, you reallly don't care that the steak has some gristle and that the salad is smallish with bottled dressing.
Ahhh, Dear John's. Now this is Retro/Old School. It's a middle class piano bar/gin joint. Not groaty or lowlifey. It's for grown-ups and isnt where the construction guys stop for beer. Generally friendly, relaxed and polite. If you know the lounge scene at Billingly's then that's about what Dear John's is like. There's almost always a singer. They have about 5-6 booths and the same amount of tables (in the same room as the bar.) The menu is smallish and generally has a steak, some chops, maybe a pot roast or grilled chicken/fish--burgers too if I remember but leaning more towards multicourse dinners. Unfortunately I've only been for drinks in these last many years so I wont comment on the food but years ago we liked it. Not fantastic but pleasurably competent.
I wish I had more, but it's a start.
I have driven past Dear John's going to and from work every day for nearly 6 years and can count the number of people I've seen coming or going on one hand.
FYI - the currently lounge singer is Johnny Racine, who performed for years at the now defunct San Gennaro's in Culver City.