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

estone888 Aug 19, 2008 07:12 PM

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. maxzook RE: estone888 Aug 19, 2008 08:01 PM

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

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      cls RE: maxzook Aug 19, 2008 08:23 PM

      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. lotta_cox RE: estone888 Aug 19, 2008 08:48 PM

      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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        Obessed RE: lotta_cox Aug 20, 2008 07:46 AM

        I agree - Village Idiot is my favorite

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          rednyellow RE: lotta_cox Aug 20, 2008 05:44 PM

          I love the village idiot, also redwood bar and grill

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          Swervo RE: estone888 Aug 20, 2008 12:20 AM

          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. Emme RE: estone888 Aug 20, 2008 02:44 AM

            does 3rd Stop kinda count?

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              Ogawak RE: estone888 Aug 20, 2008 07:19 AM

              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.

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                ns1 RE: estone888 Aug 20, 2008 08:24 AM

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

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                  Servorg RE: ns1 Aug 20, 2008 09:45 AM

                  "an izakaya..." such as:

                  Place Yuu
                  2101 Sawtelle Blvd.
                  Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                  Queequeg RE: estone888 Aug 21, 2008 01:59 PM

                  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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                    Hershey Bomar RE: Queequeg Aug 22, 2008 09:32 AM


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                      rednyellow RE: Hershey Bomar Aug 22, 2008 06:07 PM

                      3rd plus the soups are good and big

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                    JeetJet RE: estone888 Aug 21, 2008 02:33 PM

                    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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                      Will Owen RE: JeetJet Aug 21, 2008 02:53 PM

                      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...

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                      TailbackU RE: estone888 Aug 21, 2008 02:50 PM

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

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                        lotta_cox RE: TailbackU Aug 21, 2008 02:52 PM

                        rustic meatloaf rocks.

                      2. choctastic RE: estone888 Aug 21, 2008 03:13 PM

                        the bowery has a decent burger.

                        1. Suebee RE: estone888 Aug 21, 2008 06:57 PM

                          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. love2eat RE: estone888 Aug 21, 2008 08:25 PM

                            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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                              rednyellow RE: love2eat Aug 22, 2008 06:09 PM

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

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                              Faulkner99 RE: estone888 Aug 21, 2008 09:33 PM

                              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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                                The Sauce RE: Faulkner99 Aug 21, 2008 09:56 PM

                                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. Hershey Bomar RE: estone888 Aug 22, 2008 09:33 AM

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

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                                  triarts RE: estone888 Aug 22, 2008 06:21 PM

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

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