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Dan Tana's ??? So has anyone just sat at the bar for a few drinks ?

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How early do you have to arrive so that it is not packed to the proverbial gills ?

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  1. Yes. And I bought Roger Daltry a gin and tonic. One of the highlights of my life.

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      1. re: Ciao Bob

        "And I bought Roger Daltry a gin and tonic."

        Who?

        1. re: Servorg

          He used to operate a diner call Daltry's on Melrose. A hidden gem it was. Long gone alas.

          1. re: Thor123

            They were known for serving Heinz Baked Beans with every meal.

             
      2. When does it open? That's when I would arrive. Those regulars get there pretty early.

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        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          I've waited outside for it to open and when they unlocked the door and I walked in the regulars were already at the bar.

          1. re: Rizza

            Monday - Thursday if you get there by 6:15 you should be able to sit at the bar with little problem.

            1. re: Thor123

              I got there about 730 on a Friday, and it was packed already at the bar.

              1. re: kevin

                Note my reference to 6:15 and Mon - Thurs.

                1. re: Thor123

                  is it fun to go to on a Monday nite too, or stick to Tues thru Thursdays ??? for the less busy but still rambunctious/balls to the walls (quoting ns1 here)/debaucherous nights here ?????

                  thanks for intro'ing me to the bar.

                  though in my past few visits i had to leave since it was way too busy to garner a prized seat at the bar, and the patrons/drunkards were already three-deep.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Monday is good too. A bit less crowded, but maybe thats ok.

            2. re: Rizza

              How was it already packed before it even opened if you were waiting at the door ?

              Or do they have a secret back door ?

              1. re: kevin

                "Or do they have a secret back door ?"

                You overlook the obvious answer. They stayed in place from the night before... ;-D>

                1. re: Servorg

                  That one slipped my mind.

                  In New Orleans, they actually do that.

                  I guess they might just do that in LA too.

                  Though I need my sleep.

                  1. re: kevin

                    In Tokyo, the public transportation stops running at a certain time at night, can't remember when exactly.

                    But after a certain point, establishments let people stay the night because there is no way for them to get home.

                2. re: kevin

                  Regulars are well-taken care of.
                  In many ways.

                  1. re: latindancer

                    Can you please explain some of the ways ?

            3. Many times. Check the time and get there within a few minutes of opening.

              1. I have a few times. If you are there by 7 you should be ok. Maybe 7:30 but after that, you are probably standing. I saw Roger Daltry there too. A lot of NBA guys go there and one of the funniest times I can recall was when two drunk guys at the bar were telling Mitch Kupcheck that he was Mitch Kupcheck. Another time, before the 2009 season (a BDay dinner for me), I ran into Mitch Kupcheck, Jerry West and Mike Dunleavy as we were all waiting for our cars and had a talk about how much better I thought the Lakers had done in the off season than Mitch was getting credit for. Everyone was very nice and fortunately, for me and the Lakers I was right. Always a good time at DT.

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                1. re: Thor123

                  Oh jeez, not on a Friday or Saturday night, though. We usually reserve a table by seven and when we arrive that bar is packed and the regulars are already half in the bag by then......

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    By in the bag, do you mean pretty shit-faced ?

                    1. re: kevin

                      Not sloppy drunk, just loud and having a good time drunk. Ya know, HALF in the bag.....

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        I see. That does not sound too bad in that case.

                        What's the drink of choice to order ? Snifters of scotch, rum and cokes, scotch and sodas, possibly martinis too.

                        And do they make cocktails like old fashioneds and manhattans ?

                        thanks.

                        1. re: kevin

                          They make great cocktails, but not the frou-frou mixologist kind. Martinis are wonderful. The bartender is seasoned, just like the rest of the staff, I'm sure he makes a mean old fashioned or manhattan.

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            Very good classic cocktails. THat is the problem with Dan Tanas. It is never just a drink. It always ends up with lobsters and salads and cab rides.

                  2. re: Thor123

                    Was it about 12 years ago? I doubt he goes there often. I was actually told to go there by someone who worked with him, and that we would all "pretend" to run into each other when they came in (that kind of stuff must happen to celebs all the time - for them the world must seem so strange, what with everyone ELSE "accidentally" running into their "mates," as he put it.) Their table was, of course, not ready (pure Dan Tana's) so we ended up chatting in that cramped bar through two rounds of G&T's. He was really quite charming and amusing....until his wait wore on to long (or until I bored on too long) when I thought he would start bellowing, "Freeeeeeee Meeeee!"

                     
                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      Could have been that long ago. Its been a while for sure.

                    1. Old story which I posted on another thread, so please forgive: An actor and his entourage piled into Dan Tana's and demanded a table. Told that there would be a two hour wait, the actor said "Do you know who I am? I'm John Travolta!" Suitably impressed, the headwaiter replied, 'Oh, for *you*, Mr. Travolta, the wait will be *three* hours.'

                      1. A friend is a regular and I've spent more than a handful of boozy nights at the bar. Last time there - about a year ago - Clint Eastwood sat next to me... or was it an empty chair?

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                        1. re: JeMange

                          So was it Clint ? An empty chair ?

                          You were too boozed out to notice if he was there or not ?

                          1. re: kevin

                            It actually was Clint. I don't really get star struck but that was something else. In person he looks every bit as old as he is.

                        2. So when are you going to go and report back? No surprise, but Mon and Tuesday are considerably quieter (which may be good or bad depending on what you want). Have fun.

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                          1. re: Thor123

                            I think a Thursday like today would be the perfect day.

                            Usually, I hit up musso's for my drinks fix.

                            But I want to make a change of pace.

                            Also, I'm trying to cut back on meat/beef and I beyond love the Dabney Coleman.

                            but in case i want to eat after drinking,

                            what would recommend (since i never order anything besides the dabney coleman and maybe a tiramisu or cheeesecake or chocolate mousse) in the way of seafood, fish, or a veggie dishes ????

                            thanks.

                            1. re: kevin

                              i took thors recommendation and enjoyed very much the steak and peppers. I also like the veal karl malden (with fried eggplant on top of the cutlets with picatta sauce), the chicken parm, and the white fish which is lightly egg coated, sauteed and has that same crack lemon sauce. this post has gotten me to make another reservation...id love to hear what other menu items folks like.

                              1. re: kevin

                                The white fish with capers is great! As I have said before, the chicken beckerman (but only with dark meat) if super. Cappachino ice cream is a must if you are doing desert.

                                1. re: Thor123

                                  i can't get away from the spumoni and canollis but will give that one a shot too

                                  1. re: Thor123

                                    OK, Thor and Kevin so we had an epic meal at DT... dabney coleman, alfredo side pasta, side of potatos beckerman (actually more like homemade potato chips strewn with nicely browned and shrunken onions -- quite good with steak and different than i imagined which was more like homefries potato and onions browned together), spumoni, cappucino crunch, cannoli...many strong drinks...others had the veal karl malden, chicken parm, clams casino appetizer, cheesy garlic bread.... not a lite meal! im certainly intrigued by the potatoes beckerman, but not unhappy with the dabney coleman beckerman!

                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      Who was the lucky diner at this little repast who got to test the credit limit on their charge card?

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        that's what younger brothers are for servorg.

                                        unfortunately i had to walk home through west hollywood on my own two legs after dinner.

                                        it was fun to try some new things recommended by you hounds. this is a nice restaurant for fun memories and special occasions with friends and family.

                                    2. re: kevin

                                      shrimp or lobster fra diavlo is generally very good although the last two times I have had it it lacked umph.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        The "Chicken Beckerman" in all dark meat has been recommended here several time by one LA Hound.

                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          But I cant seem to sell any! The dark meat is important. A good friend strongly recommended the beckerman and the first time I ordered it, it was very dry and not good at all. I asked him what the f-ck he was talking about and he said, "you did order all dark meat right?" Next time, gave that a try and made all the difference. The waiters have mentioned that those in the know, know.

                                          1. re: Thor123

                                            So Beckerman white meat is a no-no and Beckerman dark meat is a know-know then? (g)

                                              1. re: Thor123

                                                My wife always orders the Chinese Chicken Salad at Feast from Beast (err...East) with all dark meat.

                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                  Interesting. Need to try that. I am a dark meat fan. Mr C has a great dark meat brick pressed chicken dish I had last weekend.

                                                  1. re: Thor123

                                                    anything besides that dish in the veggie, fish, or seafood vein ?

                                                    thanks.

                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                      I mentioned before, the white fish with capers is outstanding. The steamed clams are also good.

                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                      Just our (my wife and me) little joking names for restaurants we go to regularly. We call Tlapazola Grill "Top Lizard Grill" as another example and we call il Forno "ill Porno"...I could go on, but I think I'll cut my losses and stop now.

                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                        Yeah, please do cut your losses. You are embarassing yourself. :)

                                                        I will say that "Top Lizard Grill" is much easier to pronounce that it's real name. (I could never ever never ever never ever pronounce that name or city or whatever it is). And you know what that sounds like a great meal. Mori nearby followed by T Grill.

                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                          a certain pizza and scene place in venice also goes by 'vagina'

                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                              Don't they still have a "Piece 'O Pizza" in Santa Monica? That would have to be my guess...

                                                2. re: Thor123

                                                  Thor 123 you definitely converted me to the Chicken Beckerman with dark meat. For years I pretty much ordered the Scampi, which was always delicious, but I tried the Beckerman with dark meat per your suggestion and loved it. I can never finish all the chicken, and so have leftovers, but almost every bit of carmelized onion (and there is a lot) gets snapped up by me or whoever I am with.

                                                    1. re: BHAppeal

                                                      I am really happy to hear that. The potatoes that come with it a pretty good too.

                                                      1. re: Thor123

                                                        Can you describe how this is prepared and what's in it? I'm curious, as I've never even seen it when we've dined there, and we always order steaks, chops or pasta....I just wouldn't think to order chicken at DT's......

                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                          It chunks of dark meat chicken in a light brown sauce with grilled onions and thinly sliced potatoes. Its a huge portion and comes with a side of pasta (meat sauce, garlic or marinara). I promise its great. If you dont like it, Ciao Bob will pay for it!

                                                            1. re: Thor123

                                                              At 29 bucks a plate (well, 2 plates if you count the over cooked side of spaghetti) the Beckerman is rather obscenely priced for chicken, spuds and onions. But I do love it. The burn on those onions is awesome. I usually get the same onions on the side of my Dabney Coleman.

                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                Thanks for that, now I understand what it is. Very amusing read, also.

                                                3. I'm just not a dark meat chicken fan or cubes of chicken in a brown gravy sauce. (Yes, I have my limits once in a while).

                                                  If it was a plate of fried chicken, I'd probably devour it within seconds.

                                                  But at least I know have a chicken item for the chicken eater in my party.

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                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    Its not a gravy sauce, its a light garlic sauce. If you dont like dark meat, dont order it. The regular beckerman is super dry and not good. Night and day difference or in the immortal words of Servorg "a no-no".

                                                    1. re: Thor123

                                                      Ok, yeah, i'll just have my friend order it.

                                                  2. Thor and Bob, what do you guys order for drinks here ?

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                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                      Kettle One Martini dry, Patron rocks or Glenlivet 12. Get it right every time that way!

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        With Daltrey, well G&Ts.
                                                        Without him, Manhattans, up.

                                                        1. So I had that drink. The bar is a raucous, jovial, fun though at times Hollywood pretentious spot to have some drinks and dinner. Though for those that have not been before it is extremely pricey not only for the food here but also the drinks.

                                                          The martinis at musso's are better and cheaper too, but I think that Tana's might just have a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it quite special. And Tana's looks to have a constant stream of dependable regulars that have been going there for years.

                                                          It's a fun place, and the bartender, Michael, is quite cool too.

                                                          Not a bad place, but it is very very very expensive.

                                                          You will spend a C-note for a couple drinks and a couple appetizers (i.e. mozzarella marinara and the shrimp cocktail). The MM was quite good, but the shrimp cocktail was quite pedestrian even though those were jumbo shrimp.

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                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            "...but the shrimp cocktail was quite pedestrian even though those were jumbo shrimp."

                                                            I've always found that oxymoron's tend to be pedestrian in a high horse sort of way...

                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                              shit, my bad.

                                                              you caught me red-handed.

                                                              Maybe I meant to say that even though they were jumbo they were still pedestrian in flavor ?

                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                I just like the word oxymoron...and I'm too green with envy about youngster's like you, kevin out on the town, dropping a c-note drinking and having fun at Tana's, to catch anyone red-handed

                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                  Well, I was not expecting to drop that much.

                                                                  But I have to say that in a Hollywood sort of way it was quite fun.

                                                                  Maybe I'll give it another whirl.

                                                                  Mind you, this was also on a weekend night so it may be slower, much slower, on the weekdays.

                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                    Was that really your first time there??? Wow, did not figure you for a DT virgin..... I would have totally warned you they are wicked expensive.... But one look at the menu could have clued you in......

                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                      I have been before.

                                                                      I just didn't realize that drinks were also that "wicked" expensive.

                                                                      about $15 for a well martini is pretty fucking expensive.

                                                                      but it does make up for it in atmoshere and camaraderie.

                                                          2. Jeez - I have a few Dan Tana stories.

                                                            One where I went with my then GF and another couple.

                                                            Phil Spector was there. Out on bail, in between trials. 'd had an experience with him before and thought he was biggest asshole I'd ever met. And I've met Donald Trump. (a not so distant #2) Spector even threatened to kill me. So I was toying with waiting for him to use the restroom, then going in and smacking him one. Except he always had a bodyguard, so catching him alone and vulnerable was probably unlikely.

                                                            My friend's date went outside to smoke a cigarette. When she returned - she was creeped out. Phil came out, sat down next to her and tried to chat her up.

                                                            "You don't think I did it, do you?"

                                                            She shrugged and said "I don't know."

                                                            And then Phil LICKED HER FACE!

                                                            That's when she got up and returned to the table. She told us the story and my friend and I went outside (My friend also had some bad history with Mr. Spector) but he was gone.

                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                  My bad. Thanks. As always you are on top of it.

                                                                  1. re: Thor123

                                                                    That's because I had been giving kevin (kidding) grief for the "jumbo shrimp" and knew right where to find his post...

                                                                    1. re: Thor123

                                                                      I noticed on the menu that they have a "potatoes Beckerman" is that the same sauce as the "chicken Beckerman" ?

                                                                      Drinks were incredibly pricy. 15 bucks for well drinks ????

                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                        You cannot think of Tana's prices the way you might think of other restaurant pricing. Factor in a 50% uptick/surcharge for the show and you will feel like its a bargain (of sorts).

                                                                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                          Bob, you are absolutely correct on that note if I consider the 50% surchage for the show.

                                                                          By the way, what do you like to get there when you are visiting there ?

                                                                          And I hit it on a Friday night so I would presume it's it's biggest show on that night or possibly on Saturday too ?

                                                                          How are the other nights ?

                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                            All nights are good. Thursday - Sat are most active.

                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                              Well, I suppose on weeknights you are far more likely to see celebs and rockstars.

                                                                              I get the Dabney Coleman NY steak, or Chicken Beckerman both with a side of grilled onions. I like the Baked Clams Oreganata for an appy. It is the dish I grew up on in NY.

                                                                          2. re: kevin

                                                                            What well drinks were you drinking? I dont remember the drinks that high.

                                                                              1. re: Thor123

                                                                                i may have to stick to a couple of scotches, or scotches and sodas next time, that would be cheaper i would think.

                                                                      2. anyhow, those drinks were still good,

                                                                        martini and a few rum and cokes (those were served in tiny glasses), and a mozzarella marinara, but i didn't care for the potatoes beckerman, the frizzled onions were fine, but the potato chips were not very good and just a wasteless number of calories.

                                                                        the scene was just getting started and pretty intense.