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Meals best eaten from a bar stool.

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Winding down after a hard day or recovering after an evening of sin.. possibly watching the game... what are your favorites that are best eaten from a bar stool?

Joe Josts - Long Beach - One of the greats. Serving since 1917 in the same location, with the same (pretty much) menu. A "special" - polish sausage sandwich, Pickled eggs (they serve over 600 a weekend - for good reason) and an ice cold PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon). Im leaving now. Beer only, seriously - Only beer.

Coach's - Seal Beach - A great grill menu. Ive had the two echilada and fresh halibut filet plate and asked for seconds, I still dream about that meal, but the standout is the Halibut Melt. Basically a tuna melt, but with lighter, fresh halibut meat grilled with Swiss. Beer and Wine.

Ye Old Kings Head. Santa Monica - There are some places that make better fish and chips, I agree. But the atmosphere and ability to have a Guinness (served correctly) makes a big difference.

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  1. Best food: JAR

    Best atmosphere: THE LOBSTER

    Best bargain: McCormick's & Schmick (happy hour)

    1. As I often dine alone, I actually prefer eating at the bar as it makes me feel less isolated than occupying half of a two-top.

      My favorite bar stool dining of all is at the Brigantine's down in San Diego County, at the oyster bar overlooking the Del Mar Racetrack.

      In the LA area, my favorite bar stool dining is at BLD. My most frequent barstool dining is at Crown & Anchor, a British pub in Thousand Oaks. And just today I had lunch at the bar at Monsieur Marcel in the Farmer's Market and had a decent quiche-of-the-day.

      1. Black bean soup, dry martini, Parkway Grill. Hands down, instant therapy.

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        1. re: Local

          I forgot about that. I actually had a great dinner next door at Arroyo Chop House at the bar.

        2. Father's Office is Santa Monica. Has the best burger and great beers, Problem is, it is very small and usually packed. Try to get there when it first opens. Find a seat, and park your butt for th rest of the night.

          1. Robin Hood English Pub.

            3rd Stop

            Lucky Devil's

            Naja's Place Hummus Platter in particular (this may be because of the amount of beer I drank.)

            The WORST was at Father's Office andLibrary Alehouse respectively. Follow ups include BJ's, wolf creek brewery,

            1. Agree with Joe Josts; actually established in 1924 not 1917. Get their fresh roasted peanuts.

              1. The Amusing Ribeye burger with sweet potato fries at Beechwood's bar.

                A cheeseburger at Hinano in MDR.

                1. Actually, the best meal I had ser ved at a barstool is in SB, not LA. Or, at a sushi bar stool, not a drink bar stool.

                  1. Casual = Joe Josts... by a country mile. Multiple "specials"... actually, I like it with just one piece of rye... this version is called a "taco". One small correction, you can get a soda there. No ice though. And they now have several brands of beer on tap, but pickled eggs, with a special or taco, or 6, and a schooner of fresh COLD PBR. Absolutely killer.

                    Finer dining - Opus... I've been going there fairly regularly and at least 3/4 of the time I'm alone, so I eat at the bar. Perfect place for that. In fact recently I went with a couple of other people and we still sat at the bar. As stated many times on this board, the food is awesome and bar is a cool place to sit eat and people watch.

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                    1. re: woojink

                      Bacos at Opus are my favorite bar food ever!

                    2. I will probably get mauled for saying this, but I love to sit at the counter at Mako on Vermont and have teriyaki squid and California rolls. I've been doing it since I was a teen and I suppose it still holds a special place in my heart.

                      This past summer, I had two amazing bar stool experiences (not sure if this will get moved to another board - yikes!) Nepenthe in Big Sure and Big Sky in San Luis Obispo. Two wonderful meals had in perfect solitude on a wonderful road trip.

                      1. Lucques (especially for the steak frites), A.O.C., and Mozza.

                        Does a sushi bar count? If so, let's add Hirozen and Nishimura to the list.

                        For out of town meals eaten at a bar stool, L'Atelier du Joel Robuchon in Paris can't be beat -- check the blog later on tonight for a full report on the Vegas version. www.infinitefress.blogspot.com

                        1. A dozen oysters or two and a couple of beers at King's Fish House are great after a day of work.

                          1. Some of my barstool dining faves are Stanley's in Sherman Oaks, the Oyster Bar in Studio City, Frankie's on Melrose and Wood Ranch, near the Grove. All convivial and all pretty good grub to varying degrees, but in some cases the 'experience' overshadows the food and so makes it a fun evening.

                            1. CHINOIS ON MAIN is quite a good show from the bar stool. I also enjoy MOZZA and the IL FORNAIO in Beverly Hills. I just sat the bar stool perch at IRV'S BURGERS in Weho this past weekend. The burger was mediocre (to be generous), but the enthusiasm and friendliness of the lady behind the counter almost made up for it.

                              1. Also, Dan Sung Sa in K-town. Great all-around experience.


                                1. Oysters and beer on a barstool at the Water Grill.

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                                  1. re: slacker

                                    Good meal - for me, sub the beer with a nice muscadet... which they do serve by the glass there (one of the REALLY FEW places that do).