BLD on beverly blvd.
I looked BLD up and saw no particular posts. my friends all raved and raved about BLD......"wait until you go, oh my god, it's so good, the same owners of Grace.... etc, etc"
I went for lunch last week and either it was a bad day at BLD or it's just a decent neighborhood cafe.
I ordered the ceasar salad (good) and a turkey burger that was overcooked and hard and useless(bad). The fries were tasty but not something to rave about. I do give the cupcakes a big thumbs up.
I didn't have the heart to tell my friend my real opinion but I am sure she knew I wasn't overly impressed. The service made it all the worse...our waiter seemed spacy, stoned and lacking sleep. It took a good 15 minutes to track down our check. so annoying!
Similar experience here for brunch - over cooked eggs, dry muffin, spotty service with a busser who kept wanting to take our plates while we were holding forks mid-air. Nothing special at all.
Dinner, on the other hand, was a very nice affair. We sat at the counter and the bartender was an excellent server, offering sugestions on food that would pair well with our wine selections from the better than average list. The steak was flavorful, succulent and perfectly cooked, and the greens were fresh and delicately dressed. Brunch C-, dinner B+.
I have only been for dinner and also sat at the bar. The bartender was very helpful, even steering us from wine that he didn't think was good. The cheese and charcuterie were great. The steak was flavorful and perfectly cooked. The chicken was surprisingly good and juicy.
I've had pretty good luck at BLD, generally getting very nice food and good service. As stated above, one of the bartenders is a gem, though, really nice and knowledgeable.
I thought the food was OK, but the wait (Sunday lunch) was interminable. Not an experience I am rushing to repeat.
I've always had great experiences at BLD for breakfast lunch and dinner. I've often sat at the bar, but I'm often just a single diner so getting a table doesn't lend itself to dining area efficiency. I even managed to bypass the Sunday line as a result.