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Bars with good, or at least good for what it is, food.

What are your favorite bars, that are primarily bars, but also happen to have good, or at least plenty good enough, food?

The two that, to me, epitomize what I'm asking, are Chez Jay and Gary Bric's Ramp. I suppose The Prince in Koreatown might also qualify. I'd love to find such a place with really good Mexican or any other sort of "ethnic" non-American comfort food. (Sorry, but El Cholo, El Coyote and Antonio's don't cut it. For one, they've got bad Mexican food. For two, they're restaurants with bars rather than the other way around.)

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  1. Father's Office certainly qualifies (remember, the L.A. branch serves hard liquor).

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    1. re: maxzook

      Add Bar Mamont to that list, I have never had a problem with restaurants with good bars though. It's easy to forget there's a restaurant attached; Arnie Mortons, Water Grill, Lucques...

    2. village idiot? i like their food.

      e3rd steakhouse in little tokyo, and Tapas & Bar C in Little Tokyo both qualify. Although you need to go to either fairly late (after 8:30) for them to feel more bar-like.

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      1. re: lotta_cox

        I agree - Village Idiot is my favorite

        1. re: lotta_cox

          I love the village idiot, also redwood bar and grill

        2. I'm a big fan of Mo's over in Playa del Rey, right at the big 5-way intersection just before the end of Culver. Their chicken fingers with hot sauce & ranch are very tasty, and I love the turkey melt there. If they've got the polish sausage sandwich on special, I'm also a very happy boy.

          That reminds me, I've gotta go there again.

          Not so much on the ethnic, though.

          1. does 3rd Stop kinda count?

            1. I'm not much of a bar person, but I have had an excellent hamburger at Hinano's right near Venice Beach on Washington. It's a total dive bar, but really friendly people.

              1. Father's office, an izakaya, or a yakitori joint =D

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                1. re: ns1

                  "an izakaya..." such as:

                  Place Yuu
                  2101 Sawtelle Blvd.
                  Los Angeles, CA 90025

                2. The hot wings at Ye Rustic Inn in Los Feliz are great. The rest of the food is good for what it is.

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                  1. Oh, this reminds me of the Crest in Temple City. For under $10 you can have a steak with baked potato. Add a couple of cold beers (also low priced) and you will be pleased. I have not been there in a couple of years because the service was slow, but then this place really is just a bar and they must sell drinks to stay alive -- right? Since I do not drink much I stopped going because the wait for food service caused me to drink more than I otherwise would have. Come to think of it, several beers and that nice little steak sounds good right now.

                    The Crest
                    5921 Temple City Blvd.
                    Temple City, CA 91780
                    (626) 285-1811

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                    1. re: JeetJet

                      My favorite so far is the new(ish) and very much improved Redwood Grill, on 2nd just east of Hill St. downtown. The bar is THE legendary LA Times hangout, and the current owners have managed to make it all better with no loss of soul; in fact, I think they've added some. Great burgers and salads and fish & chips, not expensive, full bar with bartenders who know their stuff, cool music, comfy booths...

                    2. Ye Rustic Inn in Los Feliz probably has the best wings in LA. Their burgers are also pretty good.

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                      1. the bowery has a decent burger.

                        1. The York in Highland Park would definitely be on the top of my list of bars (or gastropub!) that serve excellent food. We're huge fans of their burger with harissa and cheddar served with a mountain of fries. Also, the heirloom tomato salad with rocket and burrata is wonderful, providing a somewhat healthier balance to the burger.



                          The York
                          5018 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

                          1. I was really surprised by the food at The Dime on Fairfax. My friend ordered the steak last week (I believe a flat iron) and I had a bite. It was delicious, butterflied, and rare. Came with fries. Also tried the grilled cheese. That was good too. Cool little bar across the street from the Kibitz room.

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                            1. re: love2eat

                              I love the Dime, didn't even know they had food.

                            2. We've had great food at Tompkins Square.

                              Their website is horrible, I wish they'd update it. But the food is excellent.

                              Tompkins Square Bar and Grill
                              8522 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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                              1. re: Faulkner99

                                I am going to keep with the pirate theme that's been around today and say The Redwood on 2nd at Hill downtown. Hands down, best bar food.

                              2. I've seen people eating at the HMS Bounty...

                                1. foods always been good at the oyster house saloon. corner whitesett and moorpark in north hollywood