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a Great goodness in a Tavern.... Laurel Tavern

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missliisa Mar 3, 2009 08:06 PM

http://www.laureltavern.net/Home.html

Great pub fare with a twist...... long list of great beers.... menu things written on a chalk board...... the scent of good beer and french fries......

These things make up a good tavern......when the food is killer....the feel is homey and inviting yet modern and hip......and they serve Woodchuck cider :::cue angelic choir::: ......this..... this makes it a Great Tavern.

I loved the look of this place before it even opened....... and it didn't disappoint.

Grilled artichoke. This should be enough to keep you coming back. oh wait..did I mention... it's a brined grilled artichoke,....... yes... you heard me.
This may be the single best grilled artichoke in creation. Sinking your teeth in you get the wash of lemon and vinegar this must have bathed in before it was grilled to perfection.

I've had the burger.... I have to say.... it LOOKS great and BITES great...but I lost the flavor of the arugula, grilled onion and cheese that were supposed to be on it...
still - don't pass it up.......

the fries...... KILLER...... I dare you to eat just one.... I double dog dare you.

Then there is my newest nirvana and food so good it made me order another plate:

the skewered pork belly. This is old school meets new school food at it's best.......

bite sized pillows of just enough fat....just enough meat (or lean if you will) dusted with a breathe of chiffonade basil and parsley ....and the lucky charm...the gris gris that brings this plate over the edge........... a plated smear of seriously old school pu pu platter sweet and sour sauce. This is a complex flavor from the hey day of Tiki/ Asian fine dining that has not a thing to do with corn syrup or food coloring.
This is a melange of flavors that as a whole brings me right back to my wide eyed days of Trader Vics and pu pu platters. No joke...bar none....... they've brought back the real thing.
( simple syrup, honey? picka peppa? worstershire? tamarind? I can't catch each flavor fully... it's a beautiful mystery

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Eric makes a very good side car and lemon drop... he takes them personally.

and dude..... where else in LA will you find East coast Woodchuck? Perfect cider.

and hooks under the bar for bags. They did it right.

Yes..... I'll be back to this place........

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