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Sep 15, 2007 12:30 PM

Best counter service spots?

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.

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  1. Swingers
    101 Diner
    Fred 62
    Bar Marmont

    1. Bobby's Diner
      Mc G's
      Apple Pan
      3rd Stop
      AOC (?)
      Library Alehouse
      Naja's Place

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      1. re: Diana

        Diana, where are Bobby's Diner and Mc G's? Trying to pull together a full list with links. Thanks.

        1. re: wutzizname

          here, I used Google for ya! :)

          22821 Ventura Blvd
          Woodland Hills, CA 91364-1202
          Phone: (818) 225-1324

          Mc G's
          21356 Devonshire St
          Chatsworth, CA 91311
          (818) 734-7056

      2. 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 .

        1. 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

          The Bowery
          6268 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          Pizzeria Mozza
          6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          Pie 'n Burger
          913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

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          1. re: SauceSupreme

            Hooray, the Nancy bar! When I get to Mozza Ost (can't review it if I don't try it!) I wanna sit at the Nancy bar!

            1. re: SauceSupreme

              Thanks Saucy. I love both, from the Pie 'n Burger dives to the Mozza posh. With or without booze is fine.

            2. 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)
              Village Idiot

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              1. re: jacinthe

                i know the drinks are good at village idiot, but how is the food?