dinner and drinks in Beverly Hills (the Bazaar?)
I have an out-of-towner here tonight who wants to have dinner and drinks LA style. We're both in downtown today. I'm not sure if she'll want to get out of the area or if we'll stay downtown. I want to have two options available.
If we stay downtown, we'll do the Edison for drinks and Lazy Ox or the Gorbals for dinner.
If we leave the area, I'm thinking we'll go to the Bazaar for drinks, but I'm not sure about dinner. Any suggestions for something similar to my downtown selections (price-wise and experience-wise)?
I'm choosing Beverly Hills because I know the area pretty well and getting there on the 10 won't be that difficult at rush hour (it's my normal commute).
I've only been to the Bazaar for dinner once, so I don't know what the bar scene is like. If you think there's somewhere better, I'm open to it.
Thanks so much!
501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
personally, i'm a big fan of cole's for drinks over edison. it's smaller and more intimate. you can walk right over to gorbals right after. plus, you could also drop into varnish at coles. however, i do think the food at lazy ox is dramatically better than gorbals.
i've noticed that the bar scene at bazaar has really quited down from its peak. this is a good thing. terms of food, i'd say for food similar to lazy ox, go to animal.
Going from Downtown on the 10-West, towards Beverly Hills near rush hour is my usual commute as well, and it is unpredictable at best. What IS predictable on that stretch of the 10-Fwy is the scenery: Concrete, cars, and sound-retaining walls.
May I suggest a far more interesting (and often times faster!) route for you and your friend: Take Sixth Street westwards from Downtown (it begins near the Bonaventure Hotel at Fifth & Figueroa), pass by Good Samartian Hospital & good ol' Pacific Dining Car at Bixel, witness the sheer spectacle of the throngs of dusk streetside Latin American vendors as you keep going past Rampart towards Alvarado, watch the myriad of kids playing futbol at MacArthur Park, the neon-lit shopping centers and nightclubs of K-town, then through stately homes of Hancock Park, then past La Brea Tar Pits/LACMA.
Sixth Street finishes at San Vicente, where you can make a right onto San Vicente and head towards nearby Bazaar.
BUT... I'd suggest you take an early right at Fairfax, go north a bit, past Samy's Cameras (love that place) and have dinner at Farmer's Market (NE corner of Farifax & Third). You & your less adventurous friend are bound to find something more affordable and just as tasty, AND that's quite a nice slice of a typical cross-section of L.A. to boot!
Pacific Dining Car
1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Well, I'll have to try that route. I like the idea of showing her something other than the freeway. ...and I happen to be picking her up at the Bonaventure hotel. However, I have been near the Farmer's Market at rush hour (I took a class at Samy's) and I wasn't happy about the traffic there.
Where in the Farmer's Market would you take someone to eat? I have only been there once or twice. I would normally say Loteria Grill, but I know she ate at the Grand Central Market today.
Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Our first dish was the lamb with cavatelli. The flavor was amazing and the sauce was crazy good. We ordered bread specifically for dipping into it.
On the recommendation of our very friendly waiter, we got the barbecue pork belly sandwich. He said that is was very popular. I'm really glad we got it, I think it was my favorite out of everything.
We also got the pig ear, which was spicier than expected. My friend was happy it didn't look like an actual ear. I enjoyed it, but I don't think I'll get it again.
And finally we got the Poutine. It was the last thing. It was super-tasty, but it was so heavy that we couldn't finish it.
We really lucked out for seating. They had a free table right when we walked in and said we could have it as long as we were done by 9pm, which gave us an hour and a quarter. So we sat down immediately! We didn't feel rushed at all, either. The first item came out really fast and then everything after was well-paced. And, whoever said we could get out of there at $50pp was right. We each paid $48 with tip!
We love Animal and I dream about going for a fourth visit. One of these days! Thanks for the detailed report (and it was me that said you could get out for $50 pp - I think that they offer one of the greatest values for the taste, quality and quantity of food of any restaurant in LA at the moment).