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looking for killer bar food

You know the place...good selection of ice cold beer and great eats, i.e. burgers, sliders, tacos, sandwiches and such. Kind of like Fathers office without the pompus bullsh*t. The kind of place where you finish the last bite and turn to who you are with and say "wow, that was really good"

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  1. Happy hour or anytime?

    The Chaya Downtown happy hour is excellent and for the summer they've added a beer garden (american spelling...)

    I've heard the Delphine happy hour is great.

    Daily Grill happy hour is tasty and easy to find.

    And for cheap thrills it's hard to beat Pomodoro in Burbank (how many places offer roasted asparagus at a discount, with decent wines and beers) and for uber cheap thrills - The Oinkster. Burgers with killer fries, tacos and cheap good beer? Trouble in the making...

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    Oinkster
    2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

    Chaya Downtown
    525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    1. Although, next to fries, some of my fav bar food is sushi. It's just so good with beer, wine or sake!

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      1. Gjelina has a great tapped and bottled beer selection - don't know if you consider their food to bar food. A-Frame have eight (or so) great tapped beers and Roy Choi-inspired menu - again, you decide. Right across the street is Waterloo & City - they have about two dozen beers on tap and I consider their food very beer friendly.

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        A-Frame
        12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        Gjelina
        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

          1. i heard that a place called Beer Belly has a good selection of beer and has fried Oreos on their menu. That's enough to get me to want to try it...review to follow.

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            1. re: foodess101

              I concur on Beer Belly. They achieve an amazing crust on the fried catfish and fried chicken, not to mention the oreos of course. It's not a huge menu, but most of the sauces are made with beer and the food is all extremely beer-friendly. And the rotating beer selection is top-notch.

              1. re: Chowpatty

                I would agree out all the places mentioned on this thread Beer Belly would be on the top of my list.

                They indeed have a good local tap list.

                1. re: Jase

                  Place Link Added

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                  Beer Belly LA
                  532 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                  1. re: Servorg

                    I third Beer Belly. The food there is just great and very good (and local) craft beer selection.

                    1. re: shellshock24

                      yup, beer belly came to mind immediately. stellar happy hour but superduper packed.

              2. The York in Highland Park

                1. The Richmond Bar and Grill in El Segundo had great Burgers, Cold Beer and Homemade Chips and a very old school setting. It gets my vote..

                  1. Public Bar & Kitchen in the Roosevelt Hotel
                    Hudson House in Redondo
                    Tripel, in Playa
                    Arsenal, WLA

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                    Tripel
                    333 Culver Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90293

                    Hudson House
                    514 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                    1. The York, the bar at Dan Tana's, Buchanan Arms in Burbank, HMS Bounty, Red Lion Tavern, Casey's Irish Pub, The Hudson & OB Bear.

                      For Happy Hours, McCormick & Schmick's Restaurant, Morton's have really good ones.

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                      Dan Tana's Restaurant
                      9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                      McCormick & Schmick's
                      633 West Fifth Street,, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                      Red Lion Tavern
                      2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                      The HMS Bounty
                      3357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

                      Buchanan Arms Restaurant
                      2013 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

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                      1. re: scottca075

                        HMS Bounty has good food? I'm kinda shocked.

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                        The HMS Bounty
                        3357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                          Not foodie or gastro pub good food, good, cheap bar food.

                      2. the york is my suggestion.

                        1. Ladyface in Agoura Hills. They brew their own beer, have a variety of guest beers, and really good food. And you can't beat the patio at the face of the Santa Monica's overlooking Agoura Road.

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                          1. re: kellithina

                            Agree Lady Face is the best for brew in the area. Boneyard Bistro is the best in valley in the Sherman Oaks area. Love that place

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                            Boneyard Bistro
                            13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                          2. Tiato in Santa Monica. Especially if you go on a Friday night when they have the BeerGarden. The food is out of this world good, the prices are great, the patio is perfect on a summer night.

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                            Tiato
                            2700 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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                            1. re: yogachik

                              can you explain tiato further? is this the joint opened up by the proprietors of Crustacean in BH?

                            2. Seems like most of the places mentioned in this thread are either straight restaurants or restaurants with an attached bar. The ones that are bars don't have food that is close to as good as F.O.. And the ones that are restaurants don't have as good a beer selection.

                              If you want great food at a bar, F.O.. is the only place to be. If you want great service, weeelll, go to a restaurant. And order something besides the burger, geez.

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                              1. re: AAQjr

                                What about the Alibi Room in Culver City? Would that meet the criteria do you think? My wife and I also like the food (true it's the burgers we go for) at SF Saloon in WLA.

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                                Alibi Room
                                12236 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                                San Francisco Saloon Co
                                11501 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  We like the burgers there too, SO.

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    Concur on SFS. Good burgers -- a very juicy turkey burger, too, if that's your thing.

                                    It's a good place to watch UCLA sports.

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                                    I see a lot of "nice"places on this list, so I'll throw in a real dive.

                                    I eat in Philly West on Westwood all the time. Their beer selection isn't fancy, though Laurie always has the popular "seasonal" brews. Philly West has the gamut of cheesesteaks, of course, but I prefer their burgers and turkey burger which come sort of tube shaped on their hoagie/cheesesteak rolls instead of a bun. My wife craves their hot dogs and orders them all the time.

                                    PW is a dive -- the sandwiches cost about five bucks.

                                    1. re: PaulF

                                      I've not seen that place, will have to check that out - as an ex-East Coaster, I crave a good Philly cheesesteak now and then, thanks!

                                      1. re: Phurstluv

                                        Just so you know, I happen to like the steak sandwiches at PW, but I've never been to Philly. So, I have no idea if they are "authentic" or whatever. But they're pretty good.

                                        PW has been around forever. Thirty years ago it was on the other side of the street and I used to hang out with Wilt Chamberlain. I mean, he would come in and let us talk to him about basketball or whatever game it on. At some point, it moved to the east side of Westwood and the south side of Santa Monica Blvd. (It can get crowded when the Eagles or Phillies are playing on TV.)

                                        1. re: PaulF

                                          Don't worry, I wouldn't hold you to it if they weren't ; )). Sounds like they do have a Philly connection though.

                                        2. re: Phurstluv

                                          And if you're feeling particularly adventuresome, try combining PW's burger and cheesesteak.

                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4091...

                                          For other cheesesteak options on the westside, have you tried Big Mike's on Main street in El Segundo? I used to like them a lot but they tweaked something I haven't quite figured out. Still like it but not as much as before.

                                          The Philly cheesesteak truck was the best out of the three IMO. But I've never been to Philly so take that for what it's worth.

                                          1. re: Jase

                                            Yeah, the two guys in that thread you linked really know what they're talking about.

                                            1. re: PaulF

                                              They say insane people believe what they're saying is true.

                                            2. re: Jase

                                              No, I've not tried the place in El Segundo.

                                              My husband says the truck is definitely delicious and authentic, right down to the wiz. I've tried the Great Western Hoagie Co on Lincoln (or whatever it's called). It was tasty, but not very authentic, IIRC. No wiz, just sliced cheese, but I think it was at least provolone.

                                              1. re: Phurstluv

                                                The other one I keep hearing about but somehow have yet to try is Submariner's on Centinela. It gets kind of mixed reviews on Yelp. I really don't have an excuse not to have tried it after all this time. I do walk past it regularly.

                                                1. re: Jase

                                                  Haven't heard of that one either. WTF, I'm falling down on the job!! Thanks for the heads up, Jase.

                                          2. re: PaulF

                                            I pass that place and always wondered about it. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks!

                                          3. re: Servorg

                                            They do mix some good cocktails there, I like a rye manhattan with my korean tacos. The food is good at the Alibi room. Is it on the same level as F.O.. no way but it's good.

                                            If you go to F.O.. and eat your way through a few specials. They are running a rabbit dish IIRC this week, get the smoked eel (reg menu). the croquettes (special).. you are eating at a bar with food as good as some of the better restaurants in town.

                                            1. re: AAQjr

                                              No need to sell me on the quality of Father's Office food or drink. It's a wonderful resource that I treasure and I'm totally convinced.

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                                              Father's Office
                                              1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                lol, love the burger. Just get tired of hearing about it. It's not you, it's me :) It's very rare to see people talking about the rest of the menu. This comes to mind when when trying to find a substitute for F.O..

                                          4. re: AAQjr

                                            Disagree. Obviously you haven't checked out my two recs of Hudson House and the Tripel. And the food at both of those places blows FO out of the water. And you can have ketchup if you want.

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                                            Tripel
                                            333 Culver Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90293

                                            Hudson House
                                            514 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                                            1. re: Phurstluv

                                              Can you tell us more about Tripel Phurstlove?
                                              Sounds cool.
                                              TIA.

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                                              Tripel
                                              333 Culver Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90293

                                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                Sure, C-Bob. It's owned by chef Brooke Williamson(sp) the former chef & owner of Beechwood. It's a great beer bar with tons of craft and imported ales, many of them Belgian. Like her spot Hudson House in Redondo, it is essentially a bar that serves great food. I had the Tripel burger, a pork burger with duck confit and dry aged beef - very tasty. My DH had another burger that was not quite as decadent as mine, but just as tasty. And they have great bar snacks you can order like country duck pate w housemade marmalade, and a bowl of olives, almonds and dried cherries which were addictive and went well with the beers. Sorry I can't remember the beer we had, that is the hubby's department, I just remember it being very tasty, even though I am not a regular beer geek, like he is. Small menus at both places, but I get the feeling everything is really yummy, as was the case at Hudson House. Both seem like great neighborhood bars. Would be back weekly if it were in my 'hood. HTH!

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                                                Tripel
                                                333 Culver Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90293

                                                Hudson House
                                                514 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                                                1. re: Phurstluv

                                                  It's in my hood and NEVER has fewer than 300 people trying to sit on each stool. O.k. maybe 200. :( Anyway, Prince of Whales next door has decent burgers.

                                                  1. re: ElissaInPlaya

                                                    Is this in the spot that used to be called Minotaur or something like that?

                                                    I'm just trying to picture it's location.

                                                    BTW -- Elissa -- What do you think of Szechuan Palace? We like it and it's the only Chinese restaurant on the westside that my wife will eat in. Of course, it's just a local, Americanized Chinese restaurant, not an authentic and well reviewed and respected San Gabriel Valley type place. But we like it. The soups are good. I sometimes get a hankering for fried rice and they do a good job.

                                                    What my wife likes a lot is that the food isn't greasy, like it sometimes is at other spots. We don't eat Chinese a lot, but when we get that craving we go to SP. If nothing else, the people who own it/work there are really, really nice and friendly.

                                                    And if it's NBA season (if it ever is NBA season again) they show the Lakers on the single TV they have.

                                                    1. re: PaulF

                                                      "s this in the spot that used to be called Minotaur or something like that?"

                                                      Same location.

                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                        Thanks.

                                                        We once spent New Year's Eve at Minotaur -- then it was gone. IIRC, it's sort of a small location.

                                                        1. re: PaulF

                                                          Definitely a small space. But it fits Playa Del Rey. A small community... ;-D>

                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                            Yes. Which is why only locals are allowed ;)

                                                            1. re: ElissaInPlaya

                                                              ya forgot to tell 'em that there is a bouncer at the door that enforces the PDR residents only policy. she looks a lot like me --middle-aged, jewish, new yorker.. . . .
                                                              don't mess with her. . .

                                                                1. re: westsidegal

                                                                  Don't get me hot... :) Glad you liked this place. It's been on our list forever (or at last since they opened), but towing kids to a place like doesn't seem likely. How's their beer list?

                                                            2. re: PaulF

                                                              Yeah, before Minotaur, it was Chloe. Both nice spots with decent clientele. Local rumor is that the landlord is greedy and raises rent to untenable levels after a year or two.

                                                              1. re: ElissaInPlaya

                                                                i first remember the location as Irvullas

                                                2. re: AAQjr

                                                  "If you want great food at a bar, F.O.. is the only place to be"

                                                  Really?? the only place to be, wow, looks like they have got you sold, my post was just looking for other options.....and to quote you "geez "

                                                  1. re: AAQjr

                                                    I fail to see the difference between your (AAQjr) definition of a "bar", vs. say , The York, or Library Alehouse.

                                                    Eating at FO's actual bar is such a pained experience, I'd much rather be at say.. Waterloo & City's bar, where there's no one breathing down my back, no dick waiters yelling at me for taking pix, no huffy waitresses telling me to gtfo out of her POS space.

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                                                    Library Alehouse
                                                    2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                                                    1. re: TonyC

                                                      couldn't agrre with you more re: Fathers Office. This is exactly the pompus bs I refered to in my original post....food delicious but all the rest, well, just not worth it

                                                      1. re: TonyC

                                                        I'm with you on all of the points against FO, but a lot of it is timing as well. I've only been on weekends and only the Helms bldg location as of late, and find easy egress during that sweet spot time before the dinner crowd starts showing up. Most of the crew at this location seem a few degrees more laid back, it's bigger and has a decent patio. Time it right and it's not nearly as trying. And I know - lots of folks like to go later - at bar time - but for me, the earlier time slot works.

                                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                                          Yes, the Office crew in cc is way more laid back, i like that location and prefer it to the Sm location. And yes, they do have a great variety of beers as well as the infamous though delicious burger and other goodies such as the old rasputin stout buttercream chocolate cupcakes, and the duck prosciutto, a pretty great stea frites au poivre (the cognac sauce over the steak and thin fries works perfectly, although the cut of steak itself is far from a great cut).

                                                          so anyways i like it, and the prices are in line with places that are a dump so not everything at FO is very very very cost prohibitive. is it a little pretentious? probably.

                                                          do i still go there somewhat frequently? yes, despite that factor.

                                                        2. re: TonyC

                                                          ??????

                                                          At F.O.. There are NO Waiters or waitress to breath down your neck or to be huffy. The bartenders have always been friendly IME and great with wine/beer pairing. I don't take pictures of food unless I'm cooking it so I haven't had that experience but since there are no waitron's but bussers/runners you should be able to take pics at a table with out much comment..

                                                          @sdv231 I fail to see anything in TC's post as P BS. It's a busy bar, if you go expecting 4ft inbetween tables, that's on you not them. As noted above, there are NO waiters that need personal space. There is no listed policy against taking pictures and it shouldn't be hard to do either way. Of course there is no need for a photo policy at Library Ale House, why would you want to take a pic of their food?

                                                          1. re: AAQjr

                                                            I'm sure the "breathing down the neck" part refers to the other patrons who are waiting for seats, particularly at the SM location, not as noticeable at the CC location. As far as experiences with the staff, I've experienced it as well, but reading related posts on this board is that folks are split on this issue/experience, so YMMV has never applied more.

                                                      2. This may be a little premature but at least on the beer front you can add Mohawk Bend to the list.

                                                        They have 70 beers on tap. A pretty solid list with the usual suspects like Pliny and ect.
                                                        A few harder to find beers from Ballast like BA Victory, Sour Wench and for the Firestone fans 14 was on tap.

                                                        The neighbors were having pizza and said it was good along with the house salad.
                                                        The vibe, service and space was great.

                                                        I'll have to come back and try some of the dishes myself.
                                                        Although by the amount of food bloggers I seen in there snapping and recording the reports should be coming in fast and furious.

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                                                        1. re: burntwater

                                                          Are you referring to Father's Office here?

                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                            i think the poster is referring to Mohawk Bend, a new place by the people from Tony's Darts Away in burbank.
                                                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/mohawk-bend-l...

                                                            didn't know it was open yet. if it's anything like Tony's, the beer and food are keen. i believe this place has cocktails as well.

                                                            1. re: linus

                                                              Ah...I thought Mohawk Bend was a type/brand of beer. Thanks for clearing up my confusion.

                                                                1. re: burntwater

                                                                  maybe this is a silly question, but i couldn't tell from reading through the yelp reviews...is mohawk bend officially open? or did you attend some sort of soft opening or preview?
                                                                  thanks.

                                                                  1. re: linus

                                                                    As of last night it's officially open, and they've done a couple of preview nights. (Word on the street: drinks, yay; food, meh.)

                                                                    1. re: happybaker

                                                                      Everyone seems to like the pizza. I've had the bacon wrapped dates -- how can those not be good?

                                                          2. New discovery - Waterloo and City, but it's a gastropub. So it's English bar food rather than burgers and such. Great beers, great food.

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                                                            Waterloo and City
                                                            12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

                                                            1. Well Honda Ya is a very, very solid Japanese izakaya (I've been to dtla and Tustin). Indian (a Chinese tapas sorta joint) in San Gabriel is good (get the teriyaki corn, stir fried noodles and the bamboo chicken soup). For Korean bar food, O.B. Bear is good (get spicy chicken w/ radishes ... http://www.yelp.com/biz/o-b-bear-los-...). Just tried Spice Table in Little Tokyo - not bad (liked the tripe, and loved the deep fried cauliflower).

                                                              As far Western food? Red Lion Tavern's cool to check out (pea soup w/ sausage/hot dog cracks me up). I haven't had much food at Rockwell, but it was ok. I'm looking forward to trying Fat Dog. Prolly some wine bars like Bacaro might be cool for you.

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                                                              Red Lion Tavern
                                                              2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                                                              The Spice Table
                                                              114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

                                                              The Fat Dog
                                                              801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                                                              1. Have you ever tried the Misfit? I went there once and the food was better than I expected.