Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Oct 5, 2007 10:55 AM

Great food and a game of chess? Is it out there?

I am looking for a great hangout with excellent food and wine that would be conducive to playing chess. Does anyone know of a restaurant that would allow such lingering, drinking and eating?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I not only can think of none in L.A. (the only place in LA I know where there's ongoing chess games is Tang's Donuts at Fountain and Sunset) I'm going out on a limb and opining that no such place exists in any major city in the U.S. The dictates of urban restaurant economics just weigh too hard against i;. American chess players, as a group, are not notoriously big spenders on food and wine. . .

    1. I noticed at the Montage Resort in Laguna they had backgammon tables as part of the decor in the lobby lounge and there were people playing. I'm not sure about chess, though. Perhaps other hotel lobby lounges in the LA area are worth investigating.

      1. What a great idea!
        The only place that comes to mind is Malibu Seafood, but you'd have to bring your own wine, corkscrew and glasses. The food is great and you can linger as long as you want.

        1. I will tend to disagree with the notion that no American city could support it, since certainly LA could, especially between the hours of 2pm and 5pm when many restaurants opt to close out right.

          I wouldn't look for specifically a good game of chess, but rather find a spot with good sidewalk dining, as chess, in my opinion, is a game that is best played close to the pavement. The hum and buzz of the world going by falls away as you start thinking of moves five, ten and fifteen steps ahead. (I'm sure many Angelenos share a vision of chess being played en masse in New York's Central Park.)

          My immediate choice would be places along Beverly, especially, BLD, Milk (though no wine) and King's Road, but also along 3rd like Little Door, Toast, Quality and anyone else who has sidewalk seating. But really any neighborhood joint would do, but those are the ones where I find myself most often loitering reading a book alone.

          And most definitely the Farmer's Market would allow it. Grab a glass of wine from Monsieur Marcel and you can play all the chess you want.