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Mar 6, 2009 10:14 AM

The Golden State on Fairfax

After an excruciating wait, this much anticipated space finally had their Grand Opening yesterday. Looking forward to the early reports. Anyone?

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  1. I went last night and it was great, especially the well-selected beer list (and the beer prices!!--$5 for a 16 oz pour of craftsman 1903 is pretty damn hard to find in my neck of the woods). I had the muffuletta and the sweet potato wedges which were both solid. Really, to get that and two beers for $20 is a pretty fantastic deal. I can't wait to go back and try to burger...

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    1. re: mollyomormon

      I saw it mentioned that they were going to be serving Scoops ice cream. Did you happen to notice/try any? I'm just curious what sort of flavors they'll have and if they'll be doing a direct transport every day, keeping the offerings as varied as they are in the shop. I guess I'd just love to be able to get Scoops a little closer to me...

      1. re: hyacinthgirl

        Yes! They have a full case of Scoops right where you order, although not as many choices as at the full Scoops. They had brown bread last night and I think 5 other flavors, including chocolate Green Flash IPA, which I didn't get to try because I was too full. Can't recall the others. I know they're in close contact with Tai, so I imagine they'll be getting varied offerings depending on what Tai is making. So cool to be able to get both Scoops and Let's be Frank Dogs in the same place and not to have to drive all the way to Silver Lake for Scoops! Yay!

        1. re: mollyomormon

          Ohhh! Brown Bread, closer!! That's the happiest news of the day. Thank you, you made my Monday.

          1. re: hyacinthgirl

            can i get an address? a google search will probably send me the way of the golden state freeway or a calif. civic booster website.


            1. re: kevin

              Golden State Café
              426 N Fairfax Ave
              Los Angeles, CA 90036
              (323) 782-8331

              1. re: wilafur

                sweet thanks, actually it showed up on a daily candy link, and then a link to a website and menu.

                suffice to day, if i'm not mistaken there's nothing on the website right now besides the contact info, and their logo.


                1. re: kevin

                  This link does show the menu:


                  1. re: nitaj

                    Yes BUT, having just been I can tell you that the preliminary menu posted on that link is only about 80% accurate. There are several things on there that they did not actually end up carrying, and several missing that they did. And of course there are no prices on this one.

                    So stay tuned, they've only been open 6 days. The full website will obviously be online soon.

                2. re: wilafur

                  oh, and it seems like it's within a block or so of Animal, seems like the area is starting a min-restaurant renaissance.

                  1. re: kevin

                    it's directly across the street from Animal. and yes, they do have the allagash curieux on tap!!!

            2. re: mollyomormon

              Scoops moved from East Hollywood to Silver Lake? When did this happen?

              1. re: Normal Garciaparra

                It's still in the same location. I'm sure that neighborhood is technically East Hollywood, I'm just not sure the exact border between the two neighborhoods.

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    The 90029 can include Silver Lake (I certainly see Malo included as a Silver Lake restaurant which is in the 29) so you can feel fine about putting it there.

          2. The restaurant was packed last night. It’s an order-at-the-counter-and-grab-a-table kind of place, whose menu is geared around burgers, sandwiches, sausages and dogs (from Let’s Be Frank). They also offer some excellent beers, courtesy of beer aficionado Jason Bernstein and ice cream from Scoops. Those last two forces can even be combined, as they offer beer floats.

            I was able to get my hands on their tasty burger (served with arugula and brown sugar glazed bacon), a surprisingly mellow jalapeño cole slaw, a flavorful version of a muffaletta, a refreshing Persian cucumber salad with shahi and lemon, and some very tender fried sweet potato wedges, all washed down nicely with a pint of Racer 5.

            It was just day 1 at Golden State, but if it’s any kind of precedent, they’re gonna be busy.


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            1. re: noahbites

              Hi noah,

              Thanks for the info. I'm jealous! :) And it's good to hear some of the Man Bites World crew was there on the first day. I can't wait to try the famous burger soon.

              1. re: exilekiss

                i didn't know they had let's be frank spicy dogs, now i really gotta try it. is it open late until 12midnight or so????

                anyone have a clue? thanks.

                1. re: kevin

                  i suggest you let your fingers do the walking.

                  give them a call.

                  1. re: wilafur

                    But please reply back, as I was just wondering that myself.

                        1. re: mollyomormon

                          Thanks! I am hitting up Animal tomorrow night (1st time, and I'm PUMPED!), and may catch a flick at the Grove later; then it might be the perfect time to hit up Golden State on the way home.

            2. Was there last night - really hectic and full house (had to stalk tables Father's Office style). The burger was one level rarer than I ordered (more along medium-rare/medium rather than medium-well) but was tasty with the spinach and bacon. My +1 liked his Let's Be Frank sausage sandwich too. And of course, hard to go wrong with Scoops ice cream (both the pear-sauvignon blanc and Kahlua-caramel we had were great!)

              Only thing that needed work was sweet potato fries, which were mushy (might need to be breaded since sweet potatoes aren't that starchy).

              And yes, a nicely-chosen selection of beers and wines. Had the Allagash Curieux from Maine, can't wait to try the others...


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              1. re: AquaW

                oh, holly crap, did you happen to have ALLILGASH CURIUEX on tap, the one made in the old Jim Bean Barrels???? i'm so there.

                thanks for the heads up.

                1. re: kevin

                  Beer AFTER 5 pm due to their proximity to Fairfax High School!

                  The Golden State
                  426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                  1. re: kevin

                    Yep! That one -- was a bit harsh and overpowering when paired for the food, but a fine beer on its own.

                    Hope you enjoy!

                    my Golden State blogpost:

                2. This isn't really a review as I never got around to ordering or eating there. I went in this eve and waited in line to order. It is a very loud room - exposed brick walls on one side, white wall on the other. In front of me was a couple with two small loud climbing children. The room was a about half full and it is two rows of small tables, very close to each other. It looked like I had three bad options - either slide my ass across someone else's table to have a seat, pull the table away to wedge my self in, or sit with my back to the room. As I was waiting in line I was watching the food coming out, everything looked good but the burgers did look small. The children in front of me continued to climb on their parents and make loud child noises. Then a big bunch of people came in behind me, maybe a total of 8 or 10 and they divided themselves between the open tables and the order line. It dawned on me that I should have somehow claimed a table before getting in line, perhaps put my jacket on a chair or something. Id have no choice but to wedge myself into a table next to the children, so I left. I'll give it another shot soon.

                  1. I went today for lunch about 1:30pm or so. Placed a to-go order and was in and out in about 10 mins. I had the grilled vegetable sandwich and the jalapeno coleslaw. The sandwich was good and a very generous size and the slaw was yummy too. Could only finish half the sandwich but that might have been because I ate my scoop each of brown bread and salty caramel on the way home. I will definetly be back to try the other offerings and also to get my brown bread fix without the drive to Silverlake from the westside.

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                    1. re: nitaj

                      Again with the Scoops in Silverlake? What gives?

                      They're in East Hollywood, behind LA City College.

                      Mr Taster