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Freddy's Smalls Bar & Kitchen on Pico in WLA

What before had been posted about here as a new restaurant called Rye Bread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798452 evidently has become (or always was - I'm not clear on that factoid) Freddy's. This is a new concept by the guy that started the Counter burger chain according to what I read. It's right across the street from the San Francisco Saloon in what used to be the old Sarape space and is a one minute walk west of Mori Sushi.

Here is some info about Freddy's on Eater LA: http://la.eater.com/tags/freddy-small... and their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/FreddySmalls and finally some reviews and a photo or two on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/freddy-smalls...

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  1. Report back after you eat there and get some first hand experience, you are supposed to be a field operative, not just an analyst back in Langley. ;-)

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    1. re: ChinoWayne

      I think the likelihood of me eating at what is essentially a bar with loud music and small plates is probably slim to none (and this is my immediate neighborhood)...Oh my I'm now officially old! Maybe if I first brush on my sign language so that talking to communicate isn't a necessity will get me to change my mind.

      1. re: Servorg

        Yeah, exactly, Servorg. You are definitely a field operative.

        On a side note, a friend mentioned Freddie's about a month and a half ago, and sadly I couldn't believe that I didn't hear of it, the way my friend mentioned it, it sounded like it had been there for your years. But luckily, it hadn't and then I didn't feel to bad about that as if I was reneging on my houndly duties.

        1. re: Servorg

          Rest assured I fall in that category and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience there. The space very inviting. The drinks awesome but the food is the real gem here. Incredible. Fried brussel sprouts with apple cider glaze? Amazing.

          Roasted cashews with bacon? Bacon makes everything better, especially if covered with maple syrup and chili powder. Filthy good. The music was not loud and we could have a great conversation. I would highly recommend trying it.

          1. re: gordo26

            I'll have to see if I can convince my anti-chowhound wife (or tricking her) into trying it. How did you resist ordering the Gluttonous Reuben? It will be first up on my plate if we go.

            1. re: Servorg

              That was about the only thing we resisted. The non-chicken parm -fantastic. The two deserts especially the waffle - bacon butter? The only thing better maybe is if the waffles actually contained bacon inside! Seriously you should go. I think you will be pleasantly surprised that your original vision it is not.

            2. re: gordo26

              The roasted cashews with bacon went really well with bourbon ;)

        2. Any updates?
          Got a positive tip on Freddy's but chowhound la is pretty quiet on this place (in marked contrast to all the name checking of Plan Check).

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          1. re: Ciao Bob

            Much prefer Freddy's food over Plan Check's burgery-ness. I know you love PC's cocktail menu, but Freddy's bar is equally friendly.

            And Freddy's just started Sunday brunch.

            1. re: TonyC

              Thanks, Tony.
              I am no bar snob (more a bar slob, I think)..so it should not be too difficult to find a suitable cocktail at Small's AND with the promise of good food, the deal is sealed.

              1. re: TonyC

                I think there is room for both places, but I agree with your take. When I eat, I sometimes want a burger but I always want food, turns out. I find myself going to Freddy's more often.

                I do think that the bar at Plan Check is just a notch above Freddy's, though. And when I do crave a burger, I really like Plan Check's.

              2. re: Ciao Bob

                I've been to Freddy's 3 (maybe 4?) times, and love it. Their cocktail program is excellent, and I went with some friends to one of their whiskey classes which is fun and intimate, and a great way to taste whiskeys in a good environment. I was worried that the tasting would put me under the table with the amount we drank, but the pours were responsible and small. The charge is by the pour, and you can ask for anything on the shelf. The tasting was run by David Fleisher, who has a really great, down-to-earth perspective on the whole mixology craze. He just wants to make and pour drinks that taste good without much drama, and I respect that.

                Their pickled peach old-fashioned (if it's still on the menu) is epic.

                Freddy's food is great. I flip over the smoked potatoes. The buffalo deviled eggs are a must. My dining companions have always loved the brussels sprouts. I find them too sweet, but I am weirdly turned off by the slightest bit of sweetness.

                Their beers on tap are terrific.

                I've had their chicken panzanella and really enjoyed it. We tend to go and order small plates, but everything I've had is good to excellent.

                The staff is very nice. I've always gone on off nights (not Friday/Saturday) but it's never been a mob scene. I'm looking forward to trying their brunch.

              3. kevineats' liked it...

                http://www.kevineats.com/2012/04/fred...

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                1. re: J.L.

                  I notice that Kevin's photo was taken before they stuck up the black metal "line control" barrier. I really need to get over here since it's so darn close to our house. Still trying to convince my wife she will find something to eat that will be to her liking.

                  http://www.freddysmalls.com/

                  1. re: Servorg

                    I tried teh Corned Beef reuben platter and it's good, but it's definitely no Langer's.

                    Their mixed drinks are great. Nice variety for the area without the drive to the eastside.

                    And their buffalo sauce Deviled Eggs are quite exceptional.

                    1. re: kevin

                      I take it you had the "Reuben's Gluttony" with the corned beef, bone marrow, yorkie (yikes! - I hope that mean Yorkshire Pudding and not the little yapping dog) pudding and caramelized kraut for $24? How much food is that? Did you share it?

                      Photo here (4th of 8): http://www.savoryhunter.com/2011/12/g...

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Yorkshire pudding, yeah, it was just me, an early dinner, but I told them to give me less corned beef and leave off the marrow, so i'm judging it only based on the corned beef, the yorkshire pudding (just like you would get at lawry's), and the sauerkraut.

                        i was supposed to be on a diet that nite, a diet that kind of went out the window.

                        i didn't share it but i cheated a little by telling them to give me a little less. Sadly, they charged me the same price, well, if i had known that i would have just told em to give me the whole thing. especially since the portion they gave me was still already plenty huge. no fucking joke.

                        btw, i have yet to try the pastrami, gravy, and cheese topped fries at plan check which i'm really hungering for now.

                        really hungry now.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Yep, everything there sans the marrow bone.

                          And two of those awesome fucking buffalo'd devil eggs.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            it also may not compete with the corned beef hash and eggs at Pann's but give it a try.

                            i'm sure there's something your wife can order there too. i've heard the chicken dish is really great for non-hounds too.

                            and that reminds me i'm seriously overdue on a visit to pann's for the patty melt.

                    2. I have been eyeing this place often too, since we are in that area quite often and on weekends too. Could not find their hours on the website or menu, assuming they are dinner only, as they look pretty quiet when I go by during the day.

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                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        Go to their facebook page

                        1. re: Servorg

                          Thank you, my friend!

                      2. Over on Yelp there's a lot of love for the brussels sprouts - has anyone here tried them? I do love me some brussels sprouts in the colder months...

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                        1. re: aching

                          If they rival the ones at Red Medicine then I have to try them...

                        2. Went last night for date night with the hubby. Place had a wait by seven, and we waited probably 45 minutes before we were able to get two spots at the bar. Interesting beer list, I stuck with my signature cocktail, but would be willing to branch out next time... I kept thinking it was a bar crowd, but it became apparent that everyone else was there for the food.

                          Food was phenomenal. We shared a couple small plates (olives, pickles) then split a special, their steak sandwich. Small but delicious, I could have eaten three more....succulent rib eye, sous vide, with tasty mayonnaise & cheese (sorry, details a little fuzzy....;)). Then we split the Reuben dish. Just incredible, served with bone marrow and some popovers, mustards and caramelized sauerkraut. Wishing we had thought to get a second order....

                          Place is tiny, people are super friendly, and it does get loud. Would be a great spot to watch a game. Cannot say enough about the food. We'll definitely be back.