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.
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)