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februarystars Nov 1, 2007 09:27 AM

Does anyone know of any good Scottish restaurants in LA?

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    silverlakebodhisattva RE: februarystars Nov 1, 2007 09:48 AM

    Other than the (nominally Scottish) Tam O'Shanter, and the more-or-less Scottish menu entries at various pubs and Brit tea shops, I can't think of ANY Scottish restaurants in L.A.

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      tahitiginger RE: februarystars Nov 1, 2007 09:50 AM

      Tam O'Shanter in Los Feliz. Lots of atmosphere, I believe it was Walt Disney's favorite spot. It's run by Lawry's now but it didn't feel corporate at all. I don't eat meat but my boyfriend really enjoyed it and I loved the vibe.

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        silverlakebodhisattva RE: tahitiginger Nov 1, 2007 10:22 AM

        I think the Tam is OK for what it is (and the Chow-Spouse REALLY likes it) , but it's a stretch to call it a "Scottish restaurant"; the menu is not significantly different that that at the sister "Five Crowns" in O.C., which is nominally a British restaurant, and neither's that different from the original Lawry's Prime Rib menu, which was, itself, sort of a Hollywood IDEA of what a British restaurant would be like.
        The reference to Disney is telling; the Tam bears the same relationship to real modern Scots cuisine (as you'd find in say, at the Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow) that the Blue Bayou, or whatever it's called (the restaurant in the "Pirates of the Carribean" ride) does to, say, Brigtsen's or Commander's Palace.

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          drgreg RE: silverlakebodhisattva Nov 1, 2007 10:24 PM

          Just a slight correction - the Tam O'Shanter is the original restaurant of the partners who went on to create Lawry's. Not only is it older than the original Lawry's Prime Rib, but it's still in the original location.

          If you imagine a country house-style restaurant built a nice car drive from the city (as it would have been in the 20s) then its style and menu makes sense.

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            bluemonster RE: silverlakebodhisattva Nov 2, 2007 04:03 PM

            The Tam does make haggis, so there is something 'authentically' Scottish about it.

            One of my friends ordered haggis to go for a Burns Night Party. As haggis goes, it was pretty good.

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              silverlakebodhisattva RE: bluemonster Nov 2, 2007 05:31 PM

              I believe they only offer haggis on "Burns Night". I'm not even sure if they make their own, or buy it. . .

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                Diana RE: silverlakebodhisattva Nov 3, 2007 01:28 PM

                I saw tinned haggis in Surfas today.

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                  Das Ubergeek RE: Diana Nov 3, 2007 08:16 PM

                  Cor, tinned haggis?! I'm fair scunnert, och aye!

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                    Diana RE: Das Ubergeek Nov 4, 2007 02:36 PM

                    you betcher arse. Twas knocked tit over elbow mesself!

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          JBC RE: februarystars Nov 2, 2007 10:31 AM

          I agree with the others that they're no "true" Scottish restaurants in L.A.; however, if you're a Rangers fan than you might find the atmosphere, and some of the food (?), at the Fox & Hounds in Studio City confortable as it's the home of the "Los Angeles True Blues" a, or the, L.A. Rangers Supporters Club. If you're a died-hard Celtic _______, then maybe you'd better stay far away. Read the blurb on the left side:

          http://thefoxandhounds.com/sports.html

          Idea ? = You might have better success by naming a couple of Scottish dishes you're craving and maybe someone just might know if it's available somewhere in L.A.

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            Das Ubergeek RE: JBC Nov 2, 2007 11:51 AM

            Honestly, the Pig and Bollocks (as we lovingly call it) is a far cry from Robin Hood, just around the corner, metaphorically speaking, in Sherman Oaks.

            There's a restaurant on Adams just east of Main Street in Huntington Beach called the Scottish Watch, I think. I've never set foot, but it may be worth investigating.

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              I got nothin RE: Das Ubergeek Nov 2, 2007 01:45 PM

              I think the place in Huntington Beach you are talking about is called Black Watch Pub. It is a Scottish pub, but I've only driven by it, so I can't tell you any more than that. Here's their contact info:

              204 E Adams Ave # A
              Huntington Beach, CA 92648
              (714) 536-3747

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                Das Ubergeek RE: I got nothin Nov 2, 2007 03:25 PM

                That's it. Close, but no cigar!

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              Diana RE: JBC Nov 2, 2007 01:37 PM

              Fox and Hounds sucks.

              I second the rec for Robin Hood as an english pub.

              I know English Irish, and Irish owned by an Aussie, but not any real scotch food places.

              the Highland Games are next Memorial Day, maybe the United Scottish Society of Southern Californis, wo holds the games, could help you find a place.

              http://www.unitedscottishsociety.com/...

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              februarystars RE: februarystars Nov 2, 2007 01:25 PM

              Thanks for all the great recommendations so far.
              More specifically looking for Bangers and Mash and scottish ales.

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                Das Ubergeek RE: februarystars Nov 2, 2007 03:26 PM

                You can get bangers and mash at any soi-dit "British" pub.

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                Jerome RE: februarystars Nov 2, 2007 02:23 PM

                Just FYI not a recommendation but check it out
                Buchanan Arms
                2013 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank
                818-845-0692

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                  epop RE: februarystars Nov 3, 2007 03:53 PM

                  melisse has scottish game in right now, including partridge and grouse

                  1. Emme RE: februarystars Nov 3, 2007 08:30 PM

                    queen mary scottish festival when the time comes again...

                    cock'n'bull in SM has british and scottish fare

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