ISO: good food, full bar, east of western, not downtown
This is a super-specific request, so I appreciate any help you all might be able to offer.
As the title implies, I'm looking for a restaurant with great food and a full bar that's east of Western. But, for various reasons, not really looking for places downtown (which rules out Church & State, Drago Centro, Gorbals, Rivera, among others). I'm sure there are some excellent divey places in/around K-town which fit the bill, but I'm looking for something kind of, I guess, more date-appropriate (think early date, before you're 100% comfortable wrapping barely-cooked meat in a lettuce leaf, stuffing it with a whole clove of garlic, throwing some sauce on there, and going to town).
All signs point to Little Dom's, right? I agree -- people may be divided about the food there, but I think it's very good and occassionally great. Little Dom's is a good backup, but I'm sort of bored of it.
So, any ideas?
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Church & State
1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
re: mc michael
a much better version of the Dresden, and definitely cheaper, is Les Freres Taix, at Sunset & Park View, near Alvarado.
Taix has been there forever, definitely old school, very good drinks and wine list, and worthy of repeat visits.
www.taixfrench.com for more details.
2 different wine lists, if that might be of interest, and both are superb values. Make sure you see the special list, if wine might be of interest.
Barbrix (although it's just wine and beer, but they do have a cool bar)
Rockwell (food is average but nice date spot)
3932 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029
What about Taylor's on 8th Street for old-school steaks?
Guelaguetza has a full bar, but it's probably too casual for what you want.
When you say you don't want to go downtown, does that rule out LA Live and the Marriott? WP24 is there, as are Flemings and Kastsuya (neither of the latter two are high on my list), but it really isn't that much farther than Western.
You might consider going just a little west of Western (I mean just a few blocks) and consider Osteria La Buca at 5210 Melrose.
And Marino is very good and underrated Italian a few blocks further west (still east of Highland). I can't recall if it has a full bar, but it is pretty old school so I think it must. It does have a good wine list and would be a nice place for an early date.
5210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
3361 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005
6001 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Take a look at vermont, which also has the new bar/lounge Rockwell affixed to it.
1714 N. Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90027