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Apr 27, 2002 07:48 PM

West Hollywood

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Can anyone recommend a good place for dinner, informal, non-Asian (as I'm on my way to China) and not Mexican? Are there any good brewpubs in the area?

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  1. If you are looking for a very casual atmosphere, there's a place called Barneys on Santa Monica just around Robertson (I think). The place has a rep for being a bit homophobic, however.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Tom. M.
      torta basilica

      might be a bit of a problem in West Hollywood

      1. re: torta basilica

        Full name of he place is, of course, Barney's Beanery, and it's on Santa Monica Blvd. just east of La Cienega. Gazillions of brands of beer; it's that kind of place. It used to be, or pretends to be, a biker bar. Lots of fun, and the homophobia is more legend than fact. The food's quality isn't world-famous, though I like it just fine.

        Slightly (only just) tonier is French Market Place, also on Santa Monica, just East of Crescent Heights. Good, reasonably-priced food. The safest recommendation of these three.

        On Sunset Blvd. at Clark Street (San Vicente,too), next to the Whisky, is Duke's; coffee shoppish only with better food. Breakfasts are their specialty, though they're open for lunch and dinner, as well. If you're not seated at the counter, you'll probably be at a long table with a selection of (most likely) colorful strangers. One of my favorite places in town.

        1. re: TE

          Ed Kienholtz, who is a well known west coast artist who creates "installations", which are tableaus that he builds with various characters, did one that is called "Barney's Beanery" that is very well known, and it recreates this old institution in the museums where it is exhibited. Another one of his famous tableaus is called "Backseat Dodge", or maybe "Backseat '49 Dodge" (I can't remember exactly). This consists of an old car with the backseat half of it sliced off, and a male and female mannekin "making out" in the backseat, the story is this piece memorializes a tryst with his wife.

          So if you are looking for atmosphere, Barney's Beanery will have it.

      2. re: Tom. M.

        I am pretty sure that this rumor began as an attempt at black humor by the owner, (he posted some sign from the bad old days in LA as a joke), and it went over like a lead balloon. My understanding is that they cater to all diners, no matter what their orientation, skin color or religious background, as long as they are able to pay the check before departing.

        1. re: WLA

          Yes, that sign on the back door caused alot of havic. It not only irritated those offended by it, but it also encouraged those who agreed with it.

        2. re: Tom. M.
          The Word Girl

          Barney's Beanery is no longer owned by the people responsible for that offensive sign! The present owners are great and you can get a pretty good burger there...