Marty's in Highland Park - Menu
So far I've only had the Sweet Potato Fries.......very good........only offered ketchup though.
Hand-cut Steak Tartar 12
Crispy Calamari w/Spicy Tomato Chutney 9
Table de Queso w/Black olives and Apple-Mint Jelly 9
Charcuterie Plank, Whole Grain Mustard and Tiny Pickles 11
Caprese Salad w/Aged Balsamic 8
Classic Caesar Salad 7
Kobe Burger w/Garilc Aioli 13
Crusty Macaroni and Cheese 11
Pizza Du Jour 10
T-Bone Stead w/Green Peppercorn Sauce 19
Broiled Chicken Sandwich w/Green Apple Slaw 12
Shoestring, Sweet Potato, or Garlic and Herb Fries 5
Place as a "cold" kind of vibe and it I imagine it would not be too comfortable to eat a steak there unless you score a seat at the bar or eat at the patio out back at one of the stand-up tables. Went last Thursday.......mixed crowd.....some neighborhood folk, some hipsters etc...... ......had Valet parking that night.
on the North side of York between Ave. 51 & 52. (used to be El Chubasco)
on another note........Johnnie's Bar @ 5006 York officially opens this Friday (supposedly)
it was open last Thursday as well and was giving out free beers. Nice little spot w/pool table and patio out back.
This place is vile. The door guys couldn't have been more pompous and full of themselves. The music was destructively loud for a place that advertises itself as a "contemporary lounge" where "conversation flows effortlessly." I can't comment on the food because I didn't have any, and not because I wasn't hungry but because the only place to eat a steak would be hovering over the bathroom sink. Overall, it's the worst bar (excuse me, "contemporary lounge") I've ever been to. Maybe this Rudy Martinez is a "visionary" as the advertisement in the Boulevard Sentinel says, but only if his vision is to ruin the neighborhood with hipster trash. The Wild Hare couldn't cut it (and good riddance too!) and this place is far, far worse. Johnny's on the other hand is damn good. A real bar.
The bartender at Marty's seemed like a good guy. Maybe he can get a job at The York after Marty's folds in painful couple of months?
I found Marty's to be really cool. I guess different strokes for different folks. I was just there recently and there were no "pompous" door guys or "destructively" loud music. There was one cool ass door dude who laid very low. The music was at a very decent volume and perfect enough for my friends and I to talk over without yelling. The vibe was very cool and chill. There were some hot chicks dressed-up and next to them some older cats enjoying themselves, with yes, steak and wine, and next to them some tattooed chicks knocking down some martinis. The dudes in there were of all different characters and all cool and mature. There's no worry of some loco drunk wanting to fight or anything.
I have tried the Kobe Burger and must say that it's probably the best burger I have had. They cut it in 4 pieces for my friends and I to share. We ended-up ordering 2 more - that good! And I must say the staff is beyong awesome. Extremely cool, friendly and very attentive. Not once did I have to wait long for my drink. As a matter of fact they come to you wherever you are to serve you. Very cool. I will most def go back... especially on Tuesdays, I heard happy hour all night. Sweet potato fries and a Stella... cant beat that!
Checked out Johnny's tonight in Highland Park. I actually liked it. It reminded me of some bars that I used to go to in NYC when I lived there. The space was nice and the drinks were decent. I enjoyed it. Who knew there was a little bar scene in Highland Park? I didn't. People were very friendly. :)
No comment on the "HIghland Park being trashy" issue. But I will say this, the city does need a change for the better. Maybe more places like Marty's will help. The food is above average. The drinks are awesome. The prices are reasonable. Honestly, the place looks nice. Maybe there was an issue at first wtih the staff, but the owner took action and fixed the problem. Can you think of any other place in HP that offers this to their customers?
I personally think that there are many great places to eat in HP and the city has many things to offer.
However, I realize that prior to Marty's opening there was not a place that had upscale food and vibe.
They have filled this niche well.
I have been there and enjoyed the food. The crowd (on those nights) and feel of the place is not my cup of tea though.
Once the York opens, I think this place will seriously struggle to stay open. Both have similar menus, but the interior of the York seems more conducive and comfortable to enjoy a meal.
We stopped in last night and were pleasantly surprised. Our Bartender/Waitress was very friendly, everyone was having a great time, prices were fair, and the Sweet Potato fries were perfect. We had a cheese plate that doesn't look like the one on the menu above, and it was presented well, with little crusty bread slices. I will be back... probably tonight.
My husband and I went here last weekend and really liked it. The interior has a similar feel to Mia Sushi (Rudy's other place on Eagle Rock blvd). It's kind of zen-like with diffused lighting. I happen to like this style--I guess some don't. I thought the food was good bar/comfort food and the martini was perfect.
Went to Johnny's and Marty's last night. Enjoyed Johnny's, but the lemon drop that they made me could have knocked down a horse. Great place to hang out.
Would not eat at Marty's again. Fries were underdone, charcuterie plank was okay, but nothing but meat. It would have been improved with a wee bit of cheese. Overpriced for what it was.
Any one have other suggestions for the area besides Villa Sombrero.
Grew up in Highland Park, so I enjoy supporting the new businesses in the area, so it really angers me when I encounter snobbish attitude from these places. A couple of friends and I wanted to stay local so we headed over to Marty's. Buttttttttt I wasn't allowed in because I was wearing a cap!!! And unlike dean's post, the doorguys couldn't have been bigger jerks about it (well actually it was the blonde dude). I was wearing some decent looking CK jeans and a abercrombie and fitch jacket, bottom line is I didn’t go dressed like a bum. He said my sports attire wasn’t allowed. So I figured fine I'll take off my cap, but then he said my jacket wasn't suitable either! Maybe for the first time they could've let me slide and not given any attitude about it. Sorrrrrrrry for not knowing there was a dress code at Marty's (this is still York Blvd in Highland Park, right)? Give me a break!!! So my friends and I crossed the street and went to Johnny's. They didn't have any silly door dorks and for just opening, the space was nicely done. Attention Marty's people there are several bar options in the Highland Park/Eagle Rock area, so drop the wanna be Hollywood velvet rope attitude!!!
That's wierd my husband and i went last night and he was wearing flip flops and a casual shirt. Maybe just a bad door guy. Anyway food review:
The sweet potato fries were great and genrous
The steak tartare was way overdressed with mustard, come on guys we like to tast the meat ok.
The ceaser salad was satisifying if a bit tame, maybe a little more garlic and achovies?
I agree the prices are higher for the area but not overpriced for the atmosphere, which I kinda liked. Dark and the music was not too loud. I do agree that Johnny's is a much friendlier place, we went there afterward. But Marty's has food. Then again the best thing to do in HP for food we did after Johnny's and that wa getting Taco's at Leo's Tacos on Eagle Rock Blvd. OMG yummy at 2am!
Tried Marty's last night after a movie. We shared the sweet potato fries and the crispy calamari, both excellent, and both generous portions for the price. I don't get out to bars much - heh - but I liked the feel here despite the trauma to my sensitive eardrums. In just 90 minutes, we'd lost our voices shouting over the (great) music from the jukebox. Mixed crowd, as slowrider posted, and our server was friendly, attentive and accurate. I'm sure the owners will keep adding decorations, judging from Mia's evolution. Drinks were good, also reasonably priced. I'd go back -- with earplugs, sigh. ;)
a friend called me from Marty's last weekend...
"WeHo has moved into Highland Park," he said.
i went to investigate and sure enough, he was right...the door guys and the bartenders were super nice, which makes me feel bad for the rest of my review...but it must be done, right?
the decor and interior make the space feel like its trying too hard to be fancy. the walls are "texture painted" a salmon color and its mostly dark wood. the leather benches/couches are alright, but are they serious with the pillows? please do not make pillows available in a bar...the lighting is low and comes from some circle ceiling light thing...hey, i was drinking, i dont remember everything ;)
i think it was the clientelle that was the major turn off...lots of "dudes" with slicked back hair, shirts open, giving me the look-up-and-down and the "hey baby", even though i was obviously sitting right next to my boyfriend! lots of lip-liner and pushup bras on the ladies...it just seemed pretty deuchy to be honest...
the barback/bartender came out to collect drinks and picked up my friends half-finished greyhound...some guy sitting next to us was all "hey man, that guy wasnt finished!" and the bartender brought him a new drink. that was pretty nice.
the food smelled good and the fries looked delish, but we didnt have anything.
i'd go back if there was nothing else to do and i was with some brave friends who were up for people watching and sharing a few things off the menu...