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Jun 14, 2012 11:39 AM

Corner Door in Mar Vista

Looks like they just opened earlier this month if the Yeip reviews are any indication. I just noticed them recently as I zoomed by. They are located by Waterloo and City in the old Big Time Harvey's spot.

Menu looks like another gastropub with heavy focus on drinks. They have valet up front. Will have to give them a shot when we get a chance. Not surprised at how Big Time Harvey's not lasting long, am surprised how fast they got Corner Door in there.

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  1. I just noticed this place tonight. Menu looks interesting.

    We looked in after dinner at W&C.

    This stretch of Washington has some nice spots. Starting with The Wood at Inglewood, you then have The Alibi, Corner Door, W&C and A Frame -- and you can extend down to Rockenwagner, too.

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    1. re: PaulF

      Have you ever tried that donut place across the parking lot from the 99 cent store, few doors east of Rockenwagner?

      1. re: Jase

        No. Any good?

        Just so it's clear, when I listed those places above I was thinking of the more Chowhoundish places. That same stretch of Washington also has Rutt's Hut, Mi Ranchito, Sazon and if you push a little more east there is Cafe Brazil. (I'm leaving out Samosa House because it has gone so far downhill. It used to be pretty good for steam tray Indian vegan/vegetarian fare but now it's just not.)

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          I eat at The Wood fairly often. Not very week or anything, but semi-regularly. It's actually a place I enjoy going to alone, because they have a nice outdoor counter/fire pit seating that's conducive to sitting by yourself and looking out over Inglewood Boulevard.

          If I go for breakfast, I eat a breakfast burger (weird, I know, but I like the way the egg mixes into the brioche bun and the meat.) I've also had plain ol' bacon and eggs. Good bacon. The decaf is fine.

          For dinner I also like the burgers -- I've had the turkey burger and the regular bacon burger. The lamb chops are another dish I like.

          They have Alagash White. I order that, even at breakfast sometimes.

          One other thing to recommend: On Wednesdays they have a man shucking fresh oysters. We've gone for Happy Hour (they have a pretty good happy hour menu every day) on Wednesday and mix in those oysters. Very nice and the guy handling them will tell you where they are from and all that.

          One caveat: The Wood is in my neighborhood and that gets it a bonus point from me. I'm less likely than other posters to travel around the city for all of my meals, I really like being able to walk to a place. So, while I'm sure The Wood is a good choice for anyone who is close to it, others would have to decide if it was worth driving across town for.

          1. re: PaulF

            Understood. Just have driven by it often and wondered if it might be a decent place to stop by for a solo lunch - sounds like it is. I love the look of the patio too. Thanks so much for taking the time to respond, I appreciate it.

      2. The grapevine tells me they have a very decent burger. Think that's what I'm going to have for Sunday supper.

        1. Had dinner there last Saturday. I called at 6:00 to try for a 7:00 pm res. Found out they don't take reservations. Guy I spoke to said it was half full, but would add my name to list in case there was a wait. Got there at 6:30 - full for dinner but first on wait list. Told wait would be up to 30 minutes or we could sit at communal table (we passed). Had drink each at the bar (Vodka Fix and Paloma) - tasty. Two girls at the bar were splitting dishes and one was the burger. It looked really good - moist and nicely pink in the middle, will definitely go back to try.

          We had grilled squid and wild mushroom toast apps. The squid was really tender and the toast would be fantastic as breakfast. Entrees we had salmon and steak frites (tons and tons of frites). All four dishes were cooked well and seasoned nicely. Only off thing was that dishes came out one at a time. My app came out 5 minutes before the toast and same with the salmon and steak frites. Next time we'll either do a sharing dinner (like the table next to us) or ask if our dishes can come out closer together. Finished with berries and cream dessert - good but nothing special. All in all, with 2 apps, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, 2 cocktails, 1 glass red, 2 beers, tax, tip and valet/tip = $180.

          When we were leaving at 8:30, restaurant was full and bar was pretty full. The design is quite nice. However it got quite loud and at times my husband and I couldn't hear other. If the noise level was better, I would give this a 8.5-9/10. With the noise level, a solid 7.5-8. I hope more of these pop up on Washington.

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          1. re: TOgirl

            I'm hoping it's cool. We're going to try it soon.

            Another place I can basically walk to or just drive two minutes to if I don't feel like walking.

            From the outside, it looked like the TVs had a game on. Would you say it has a sports bar feel to it?

            1. re: PaulF

              Definitely not a sports bar but a bar with TV(s) if that makes sense.

              When we first arrived the TV to the right of the bar was not on. I didn't know they had a TV until someone must've requested the US Open be shown. The TV is in a shallow cabinet (dartboard like). Once the round was over, Chef Luke Reyes was behind the bar and shuttered the TV pretty quickly.

              There is another cabinet on the other side of the bar, but it was not opened so not sure if cabinet was for symmetry or another TV. Maybe on a weekday/weekend afternoon, they may be more likely to have the TV(s) on but not on Saturday night.

              Also, forgot to mention that Beau du Bois was behind the bar and made our two cocktails.

          2. Anybody else have anything more recent on this place?

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            1. re: Ciao Bob

              That happy hour looks pretty ridiculous doesn't it? Do you do HH, CB?

              1. re: TonyC

                It happens, but usually I prefer to close down a place!

              2. re: Ciao Bob

                I was underwhelmed. We stopped in for a late snack and drinks a few weeks ago and tried the Roasted Squash & Burrata and Grilled Squid.
                They looked good on paper, but were both just okay. The mix of ingredients seemed incongruous and needed something more to shine. Everything in the squash dish was soft/mushy and needed some crunch for texture contrast, while the almonds in the squid didn't work and could have used some acidity.
                We tried a couple cocktails - Mezcallin, Miner Incident, and a few Old Fashioneds, which were good.