Eating at the Bar in Silver Lake or Los Feliz
My husband and I are part-time LA-ers with a tiny place on Hyperion. When we fly in, often it's late, and we just want to go somewhere and have a drink and some food at a bar. Casita del Campo has become our regular spot, but the food there is not exactly stellar.
Can anyone suggest some other low-key spots nearby that might fit the bill (preferably with better food)?
Ye Rustic Inn, burgers and wings are excellent
Tam O'Shanter Inn Sandwiches and great Bar or you can dine in the dinning room
Blair's (on Rowena) has excellent food and serves their menu at their wine/beer bar. It is cosy and very nice.
Right across the street, Edendale Grill has a lovely full bar. Drinks and ambiance are great - food is decent. They have good crab cakes and upscale bar basics.
I hear good things about the new food/bar at Rudolpho's, but I can't make a firsthand recommendation. There is also the newish wine bar owned by the Farfalla people - I think it is called Tropicalia and it is open late.
I like Rudolpho's. Their new hardwood bar is big and comfy and their appetizers are great bar food. We usually get the chicken satay and calamari. Plus, they are the only place we've found in Silverlake/Los Feliz that doubles as a sports bar. We watched World Cup on their 3 plasma TVs. And their patio is really nice too. FREE PARKING!
I usually go to Blair's for some wine and appetizers, though they will serve their full menu at the bar. Malo is also good for some California-ized Mexican food and margaritas. Edendale has a nice bar but it gets very crowded early, and their food is so-so. If you want to go south on Western and go down to Wilshire, hit Opus for Baco Tuesday. Bacos are the chefs creation of "international tacos" and many on this board have raved about them. But Opus is good to go any night, especially since the chef recently debuted an entirely different menu for the bar only.
Cliff's Edge has a very small bar, and their food is quite good.
In addition to Blair's, try vermont on Vermont at Prospect, just above Hollywood Blvd. Nice bar area completely separated from the restaurant, with a decent wine list too.
These are all great picks. One more to try: Cliff's Edge, on Sunset and Edgecliff (next to the 99 cent store) has a nice bar, low-key atmosphere, and a big menu with lots of choices you can enjoy at the bar.
You could try Tropicalia Brazilian Grill which is adjacent to Vinoteca (a wine bar) on Hillhurst. You can order food from Tropicalia and then sit in Vinoteca, order yourself a nice wine with your food and hang out. Very low key and nice.
I think Cafe Figaro on Vermont has a very warm, charming setting - and there's a bar to eat/drink at.
Like others, I think that the dinner menu at Edendale is just so-so. However, they have a seperate bar menu with a couple of really good things. The menu changes periodically. Good things I have had include:
-onion rings with house made spicy ketchup
-grilled beef skewers with chimichurri
-blue cheese fries (menu says cumin fries, but they will do blue cheese if ordered)
Great drinks, heated patio.
I have always liked the food at Figaro. Their mussels are always cooked to perfection. They have also changed the menu quite a bit in the past year (maybe two). It's a great place to have a meal later in the evening because they serve real food later than most places, but I would never go there at 8:00 pm on a Saturday or anything.