Best counter service spots?
- wutzizname Sep 15, 2007 12:30 PM
Would love to make a list of people's favorite L.A. area restaurants with counters and/or places where you can dine at the bar.
Bonus points for stools with backs.
BLD-- has stools w/backs and has a hook for hand bags. The food is good (used to be better) the service is good (sometimes great, sometimes....never mind). They also have a full bar...even at breakfast...those bloody marys...mmm.
K-ZO-- has stools w/backs don't know about hand bag hooks. Amazing food, wonderful service, pretty room and you really can "dine" at the bar.
101--I'm usally too asleep to remember if there is a back on the stool cuz I'm leaning over my plate trying to eat and stay awake.
HUNGRY CAT- the best service is at the bar-forget the regular tables. no seat backs but great cocktails so who cares when the drinks are that good. Food, always yummy .
I dine solo, so I am most often dining at the bar.
The Mozzas have stools with chair backs. Especially fun is the Nancy Bar inside Osteria Mozza.
Also, Bowery is a great spot to eat at the bar.
And for old time's sake, I can't forget Pie N Burger in Pasadena, though I'm not sure what you're looking for in terms of counter service, since it's not a bar, but a very old school diner.
But, by far, my favorite eat-at-the-bar location is The Hungry Cat.
The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6268 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Pie 'n Burger
913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
I feel that at nearly every restaurant there's a bar where you can dine.Given the option between dining at a table and dining at the bar, I almost always choose the latter. In addition to previously mentioned places, and sushi bars, some other favorites are..
Palomino (I've spent many a happy-hour-turned-oh-crap-it's-11pm-already-night here)
Il Grano now has a small bar area.
Campanile (Thursday's for grilled cheese nite)
Ruth's Chris (Jack Nicholson is often at the BH branch... sunglasses and all)
McCormick and Schmick's
Crustacean (if you happen to like the garlic crab)
Lunched at Musso & Frank's counter yesterday. Had to try their Chopped Steak Sandwich as part of my Best Burger in LA tour. Add them to the backed-stool list.
Great choice. Rae's may be the best bang-for-your-buck eatery in west LA. The food is classic diner food at classic diner prices (my lunch there is usually $6 w/ tax & tip).
Also, on the west side that I believe has a great bar (because it's actually a seperate room from the rest of the dining service) is The Omlette Parlor on Main St. I love their breakfasts and seating on the weekend is a nightmare. But just enter one door over and grab a seat at the bar. The wait is almost nothing.
Tried Rae's as a breakfast change of pace a weekend ago and thought it was pretty good. But definitely superior is S & W on Washington in Culver City -- bigger portions, eggs and potatoes cooked more exactly to order, better pancakes, and their fantastic homemade corned beef hash at almost the same prices. And yes, counter seating with seatbacks -- more comfortable height on the right side than the left.
Guasti Cafe just north of the Ontario airport has a great counter for breakfast. My wife and I sit there just so we can watch in amazement as the wait staff tries to haul those giant breakfasts to their tables.
Oh and on the Sunset Strip:
There's the diner at The Standard.
Mel's also works in a pinch.
The Standard Hotel
8300 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
A few I don't see on here yet:
Redwood Bar & Grill
Pete's Bar & Grill (I don't like it, but others do)
I like the Apple Pan on Pico so much, I went there after my wedding and sat with my husband talking about our first date there. The paper cone cups, the juicy burgers, the pie with hot glaze, the super-efficient scowling countermen. Perfect.
Lares on Santa Monica Blvd. is a nice place to eat on weekdays nights. Good margaritas and really affordable homestyle Mexican food. They have a short wooden bar right near the entrance and nice waiters who are always ready for a chat.
Funny enough, The Counter has a great counter! I ate there once because it was less of a wait than trying for a table. Great service, especially quick with replenishing drinks obviously. Great flat screen TV too for watching the game, which is major bonus points in my book. Can't remember if the stools had backs or not...
Ford's Filling Station in Culver City is also great - big comfy square leather stools, though no backs. I saw Luke Wilson sitting at the bar just the other day devouring his lunch.
Just in terms of food (can't remember if the seats have backs) - The Arsenal and John O'Groat's both have nice counter areas and great food.
i actually really love sitting at the bar at Pace (if you get a spot, there are only 4 stools) ordered a glass of wine, the mixed green salad w/ goat cheese and currants, and a pepperoni pizza... its really fantastic.
The French Quarter on Santa Monica Blvd. at Laurel.
Good food and service and the chairs have backs.
Nobody has mentioned The Little Door - I know its food has detractors, but I just love sitting at the bar with some vino, maybe a piece of tarte tatin, and watching the people. I also agree with others who mentioned Grace and the Counter.