We have friends who just moved to Atwater. They want to get together for dinner and as a card carrying 'Hound, I've been chosen to come up with a place. Any cuisine is okay. A nice environment for conversation would be nice. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
BLAIR'S, in Silverlake, is closeby. Very good food---especially their fish (chef-owner worked at The Water Grill, IIRC)---with interesting and reasonably priced beer and wine selections. A nice room, unpretentious service, probably the closest thing to "fine dining" in the area.
Caveat: If your plans are on a FRI-SUN night, make early reservations, as the place can fill up and get a little loud later in the evening.
BLAIR'S 2903 Rowena Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039 Phone: (323) 660-1882
re: rabo encendido (formerly Eric Archer)
Blair's is the best food call in the area, where some pleasant ambiance and a decent selection of wines is of some concern. Baracoa may have decent Cuban food, but it looks like a fast food joint with no ambiance, and never has customers after 7p.m or so, and almost looks closed, even on a Friday evening. Nonni is used mostly for take out, albeit there are around 6-8 tables.
I gently disagree about Baracoa, on weekend nights the place has very steady business, and there's usually one or two of the boys in blue, enjoying their break. The best thing on the menu is the chicken with rice, but only limited quantities are available, so I've only been able to get at lunch.
How about Cinnabar, just down the road in Glendale?
I've never thought Baracoa was all that great-- it's never been gross or anything like that-- it's just that there is something missing... I always leave feeling like, 'eh, not bad...' Honestly though, even though it's less than a five minute walk, I'd rather haul my butt across the city to go to Versailles.
There's a homey little place called Baracoa; serving decent cuban cuisine, right on Glendale. There is also Osteria Nonni for Italian. Right in the heart of Atwater.
I like the Tam'o Shanter but I like kitschy places and they have Guiness on tap. I also like India Sweets and Spices, the vegetarian Indian on Los Feliz. The atmosphere is pretty much prison visiting room but the food is tasty and the market next door is terrific.
Another poster recommends Blair's which I found really underwhelming and overpriced. I've had better luck with the Kitchen which has very nice food and very friendly prices.
Actually in greater Atwater, I think there's:
Reccomended by someone, though sometimes within very specific limits:
Tacos Villa Corona
The Thai place out on Fletcher (Thai Grill?)
Mixed to lousy C'hound reviews:
Club Tee Yee
Whatever chain places are in the Costco/Best Buy complex (Pat & Oscars, Mimi's )
The teriyaki/Burger place on Glendale Bl.