My review of Bar*Food. Home of the $0 hot dog
Full write-up with lots of pictures:
Located near the Wilshire and Bundy intersection, Bar*Food sits in the space once occupied by Zu Robata (which I tried once and found to be quite mediocre.) Bar*Food's reputation on Yelp is stellar--as of this writing it stands at 4 stars with 100 reviews--and so I was looking forward to giving this place a try during my usual Thursday happy hour outing.
The happy-hour menu includes the bar burger at $6 (versus $9), a selection of tap pours at $3.50 each, and a house red for $5. Another big draw is the inclusion of free hot dogs. Yes. Free hot dogs, full-size. They're on the happy hour menu. Price: $0. You're not going to find a deal like that on the west side.
As for the food:
Frites: just OK but needed more seasoning to make them stand out.
Potato Puffs: Battered and deep-fried mashed potato balls. These were delicious and I practically finished the entire basket.
Edamame: pan fried in black bean sauce. Very tasty but also a bit messy, especially for me :)
The $0 hot dog: Just as good as your basic hot dog. The simple mustard/ketchup/onion preparation works just fine.
Bar burger: Delicious. Meat has hints of soy sauce. I would have liked a better quality bun but overall this was very good.
Thai Bangers and Mash: My favorite dish of the night. The bangers were juicy and full of flavor. It came with cilantro mashed potatoes which were very good. Like BBQ comfort food kicked up a notch.
Spicy Tuna: Another hit with our group. The nicely seasoned and very spicy tuna sits atop deep-fried bricks of rice. I could eat an entire plate of these.
Bread pudding: a bit denser than your typical bread pudding but the taste and softness make this a must try. A generous scoop of ice cream pairs perfectly with the bread.
The scene at Bar*Food on a Thursday wasn't too crowded. Waitress was helpful and prompt, our food--except for the bread pudding--came out in reasonable times, and the crowd seemed chill. This is definitely a place I'll be returning to shortly.
12217 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
Thanks for the update, havepixel, I've been wondering about that place, and how it has fared so far. With decent food & prices like that , sounds like when word gets out, it'll be perpetually crowded. will have to try it soon - thanks!
Beer selection is very respectable. Fat Tire, Blue Moon, Black Butte, and others. I had the Bar Blonde which was nice, the house red, and a glass of Malbec which was very good. They don't have a full bar, however, so no mixed drinks. I would almost classify this place as a subdued Father's Office, which is a good thing in my opinion.
There was a flat screen near our table along the window but the volume was turned down and I don't think anyone was paying attention to it. This might be not be a good place to watch sports--you're probably better off at SF Saloon, Qs, etc.
Happy hour is 5-7pm (and everyday I believe)
Pixel, Great review! I will be checking this place out very soon! Free hotdogs?!?! WOW, whos cant luv free hot dogs?!