Dinner after Patinkin and Lupone!
Wow, 2 theatrical events in one week! Dame Edna and now Mandy and Patti tomorrow night (Tuesday)---this time I don't want to come home to start a late dinner. I am SO out of the loop for late night dining, let alone late night dining near the Music Center.
Your help will not only be appreciated---it will be used.
Rightly envious I am. We saw the lordly Dame last Thursday and I have to tell you that I've never seen a funnier show. LuPone and Patinkin. Now, that's a coup! We used the opportunity to try out Church & State, partly because of all the buzz and because it was referenced in a Southland episode which I loved. We arrived at 6pm and like other moments Downton L.A., it's a stunning setpiece in a rather lifeless warehouse area at that time of day. I've not had Walter Manske's cooking before but I would say he's giving the French bistro trend a run for its money. First, a warm crispy Bread Bar baguette is served with salty butter. The French only wine selection offers two red Burgundy's by the glass with a good 8oz pour in a Burgundy glass. The St. Patrick for $14 had my friend smiling. We started with plump tender mussels with good fries for $15 and a frisee and lardon salad with a perfectly poached egg and tart vinaigrette for $11.00. Excellent. We went on to turbot with Chanterelles and bacon for $29 and an artisan farm pork chop (I forget whose) with peas and pearl onions. The broth of the mussels could have used more flavor or maybe I've just been bombarded with spicier versions lately and the turbot was a hair overcooked. But this is just good cooking artfully done. Two of the service staff we spotted were from Joe's and we even met one of the owners, Jasmine, who is also involved with Joe. You know I was worried about arriving late (for that show you know what happens) so I skipped the white peach tart I would have ordered. But if you head one block west to Alameda and turn left at Temple you can make the Music Center in eight minutes. Allow another twenty minutes if you park below.
I do apologize. You were asking about late night dining after the show. Church and State stops at 10pm during the week, 11pm on the weekends. You can get on the 110 and hit Hollywood in ten minutes where I would recommend Lou's on Vine near Melrose or Hungry Cat. Others here can speak to the late night downtown scene EXCEPT we love Full House Seafood in Chinatown (serves 'til 3am every day). Great and inexpensive. Enjoy!