Blue Dahlia Cafe in J-Town/Arts District
I've passed by this place on 3rd south of Alameda but haven't gone in. I've heard good things about this place. I could never go in because they were only opened for lunch, but they've recently got their wine license and is finally open at night. It's now a wine and panini bar. Has anybody gone?
Blue Dahlia is a GREAT addition to the Arts District (just a block or so east of Little Tokyo), and sandwiched between Zip Fusion & e3rd. Fantastic and unique wine selection. The short rib burger is a must-try signature dish. Yum. Yum. Yum. I also vouch for any of their mushroom dishes. Haven't worked my way through the rest of the menu yet, but I haven't had a bad dish. Excellent coffee, lattes, chai, etc., too. Great place for dinner or happy hour. Very chill. Great staff.
We went this Saturday and had a lovely time. Both the appetizer of mozzarella and tomato wrapped in proscuitto (drizzled with a sticky caramelly balsamic sauce) and my tofu/portabello burger were great however the BF had the short rib burger which was UNBELIEVABLE. I was fine with the portion size but I'm a small person and my boyfriend was still hungry. Minor glitch was the salads they came with were swimming in dressing.
They have a section of the menu devoted to various crostini, which we'll try next time. Salads, sandwiches and appetizers mostly, which are absolutely fine for dinner, but don't expect a lot of huge full plated dinner options. Still, I love places like this, with lighter fare and small items to mix and match. The patio was really pretty, but it was raining so we only had a peek. Best of all the service was so friendly and welcoming. We'll definitely be back.