Good places to have a drink, eat a meal and work on computer or read for a couple hours
- mr mouther Sep 7, 2011 05:49 PM
I often find myself looking for just that sort of place: decent food for under $20 an entree, good beverage selection, but not so noisy and crowded with 20 somethings that it doesn't look baldly out of place to be reading a book or working on a computer.
The best place I've found so far for this kind of evening is Barbara's at the Brewery, and the only drawback there is that the food isn't exactly given a lot of love in the kitchen.
I spend a lot of time in Atlanta and Steinbeck's fits my needs perfectly there. Could anyone recommend a spot in LA, preferably Eastside? (I have a feeling that there are probably more than a handful of spots like this on the Westside, so don't hold back those recommendations.)
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Might try the new-ish Rosewood Tavern on Fairfax. The food hasn't gotten a lot of love from critics, but it's entirely fine to good. And the room is great. And as long as you're not there after 10:00 pm on weekends, the places isn't usually too packed.
Ditto the also still new-ish Fat Dog just a couple blocks north of there. Not quite as popular or authentic Tavern-y, but it might fit the bill.
448 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Fat Dog
801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
I certainly see plenty of the activity you are describing going on at the Novel Cafe on Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica...and they have two other locations as well (all linked below).
212 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
1101 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
2901 Ocean Park Blvd Ste 125, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Actually they've got a total of 7 locations now, I think, including two more in Santa Monica, one in Westwood, one Downtown, and a new one in Korea Town. http://www.novelcafe.com/locations/
I spend a lot of time at the one on Traction...although they really are just very casual coffee shops, with marginal food and no booze. I gather the Barbara's & Steinbeck's references are pointing more to pub and gastropub type settings. Not sure if booze is a minimum requirement. Mr. Mouther?
Thanks for the update on the growth of the Novel Cafe empire...I had no idea they had increased in size so quickly. I note that they now own (for how long I have no idea) Maxwell's Cafe on Washington Blvd. at Walgrove. Maxwell's was a place I used to frequent when I could go off hours in the middle of the week to avoid the normal mob scene there.