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Mauve Oct 28, 2013 08:19 AM

Group of 5 close friends, women. Tuesday for a Birthday. We need a couple of fun places to celebrate. We like an Adventure/ Crawl, 1-3 places in our night. We love the Blairs, Everleigh & Bestia. The vibe and Decor is VERY important. We are thinking of a speakeasy or wine bar in DTLA, for a dringk then maybe Perch, Baco Mircat? Not interested in Rivera and we need options other than seafood. Would Perch work for their Bar and then Baco Mircat for dinner. Also considering Vermont Blvd the Dresdin for a drink but not sure where to eat? I have a reservation at Night + Market but not sure about the pork? I am all over the place. H E L P

  1. JAB Oct 28, 2013 08:48 AM

    Drinks at Villains Tavern and or Tony's Saloon and dinner at the new The Factory Kitchen.

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      Mauve Oct 28, 2013 10:36 AM

      I love the idea, we have been to Villains Tavern and Tony's Saloon before. Can you tell me why The Factory Kitchen? As well as another "Drinks" suggestion. Thank you ....

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        JAB Oct 28, 2013 10:39 AM

        Just the newness of it really. Be one of the first.

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        Mauve Oct 28, 2013 10:45 AM

        The Factory Kitchen is open starting the 31st of October, I need tomorrow, other ideas?
        Thank you

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        CLowe Oct 28, 2013 12:44 PM

        I think you have a good itinerary here. Can't beat the view from the rooftop bar at Perch (great if you can snag a lounge chair by a fire place), and though lots of people on this board don't love Baco, I do. My other favorite place for a drink nearby is the Varnish, but I always go early so as not to wait for a table just to have one or two drinks.

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          Mauve Oct 28, 2013 06:27 PM

          So at this late hour I an thinking Varnish and or Perch for drinks, and Baco for dinner. I need to see if we can walk this? I have been to Baco and know the food will be fine if we add the drink stops.

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            CLowe Oct 28, 2013 07:15 PM

            It's certainly walkable. Have a great night out!

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            Stravinsky Oct 30, 2013 10:46 PM

            What the FUCK!? People don't like Baco here??

            I guess I should stop using these boards... that almost single-handedly invalidates all of the advice on here...

            Why don't people like Baco here???

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              PeterCC Oct 30, 2013 11:13 PM

              There are plenty of people who do, plenty of people who haven't been who want to go (me included) and apparently plenty of people who dislike it. It's polarizing.

              But seriously? "I guess I should stop using these boards... that almost single-handedly invalidates all of the advice on here..."

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                Stravinsky Oct 30, 2013 11:23 PM

                Yes.

                I'm serious.

                If the general opinion here is that Baco Mercat is a bad restaurant, then I cannot take them seriously in anyway.

                It would be detrimental to my exploration of restaurants in the future in fact. I couldn't trust anything that was said.

                Baco is pretty much a litmus test for me at this point. I've never actually taken someone there and not had them say it was one of the best meals of their life, so it's hard for me to imagine people not enjoying it, but if someone theoretically went, and declared it to be awful, I would consider it grounds for not really dining with them anymore. Maybe ending the friendship...

                I like Baco that much.

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                  PeterCC Oct 30, 2013 11:34 PM

                  You realize that Chowhound is not the Borg. We do not think with one mind or speak with one voice. Resistance is encouraged.

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                    Stravinsky Oct 30, 2013 11:44 PM

                    The one comment made it sound like it was unanimously held...

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                      PeterCC Oct 31, 2013 12:25 AM

                      Um, "lots of people on this board don't love Baco, I do" literally couldn't mean everyone on CH hates Baco, since at least the person making the statement, CLowe, admits s/he does!

                      In this thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829739), roughly half (I didn't keep exact count but it seems to alternate back and forth) enjoyed and disliked it.

                      This thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904622) is UNANIMOUSLY... positive!

                      Take that for what it's worth, but I wouldn't hold these threads up as "proof" that the board loves (or hates) Baco... or anything else for that matter.

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                        CLowe Oct 31, 2013 10:39 AM

                        Agreed.

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                        kevin Oct 31, 2013 03:57 PM

                        I'm aware of many posts on these here board that have vehemently disliked Baco, for what it's worth.

                        You may now stop posting here and get back to composing. :)

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                      PeterCC Oct 31, 2013 12:28 AM

                      "Baco is pretty much a litmus test for me at this point. I've never actually taken someone there and not had them say it was one of the best meals of their life, so it's hard for me to imagine people not enjoying it, but if someone theoretically went, and declared it to be awful, I would consider it grounds for not really dining with them anymore. Maybe ending the friendship..."

                      That's pretty hardcore, dude.

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                        Stravinsky Oct 31, 2013 02:08 PM

                        I suppose it is.

                        I am an extremist.

                        But Baco is also probably the only restaurant I would have said that about.

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                          kevin Oct 31, 2013 03:59 PM

                          Say you have a best friend and you take him to Baco and he hates Baco, would that end the friendship for you ????????

                          Just curious.

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                            Servorg Oct 31, 2013 04:31 PM

                            "Say you have a best friend and you take him to Baco and he hates Baco..."

                            Why then I'd know he was a low down, dirty, Commie...and I'd pull out my 9 and bust a cap in his sorry Commie ass...

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                              PeterCC Oct 31, 2013 04:39 PM

                              This is so wrong, it's right!

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                                kevin Oct 31, 2013 04:39 PM

                                hahaha.

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                                Stravinsky Oct 31, 2013 05:28 PM

                                Yeah. Probably.

                                Fortunately my best friend has been to Baco with me many times, and is as fanatical about it as I am.

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                              kevin Oct 31, 2013 03:58 PM

                              Yep.

                              This board is all about fucking disputes, disagreements, strongly held divergent opinions and diametrically wavering opinions.

                              Better get used to it, or get out while you still can.

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                              TailbackU Oct 31, 2013 10:23 AM

                              lol you're hilarious

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                                Dirtywextraolives Oct 31, 2013 01:15 PM

                                I had a decent meal there, and I think the place is fine but not mind blowing..... Best meal of your life? Not sure what that says about you..... But that's okay. That's why we debate here, because we're not clones.....

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                                  Stravinsky Oct 31, 2013 02:08 PM

                                  What did you order?

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                                    Dirtywextraolives Oct 31, 2013 02:42 PM

                                    I had the original baco, the one Thor thinks is fatty & greasy.... I thought it was fine, just wished it had more flavor. I also had an exceptional salad, the one with the sugar snap peas & grapefruit.....it was great. I even replicated it at home to go with my Christmas dinner.....loved the flavors. But I haven't been back since, and now realize the thing to order there is the vegetable dishes.

                                     
                                     
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                                      Stravinsky Oct 31, 2013 03:04 PM

                                      Yes, the vegetable dishes are all insane there. Next time, get the baby beet salad...it's probably the best salad I have ever had in my life. I cannot avoid getting it every time! The carrots are also insane...the eggplant, and cauliflower are also stunners. Broccolini with salsa verde...pretty much all of them haha

                                      Something must have been forgotten from the original... there's 3 different sauces, and two types of beautifully fatty meats in that thing! How could there be MORE flavor?!

                                      Quail on the menu is always awesome, as well as the pork porterhouse, and the honey-saffron chicken (which they only do 1-2 of a night sadly). The waffle rillette, too... mmm

                                      The only thing I was never a super huge fan of there was a lamb steak I had, but everyone else thought it was fantastic. Hmm...

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                                        Dirtywextraolives Oct 31, 2013 03:45 PM

                                        I don't know, it just didn't pack enough heat for me..... And basically the flavor was a bit forgettable, as I cannot recall it at all. But they did do a bang up job of frying those cubes of pork belly, very tender and not greasy at all.

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                                          Stravinsky Oct 31, 2013 05:34 PM

                                          Well, what level of heat were you looking for? It's really about a nutty, smokey profile as opposed to Thai Town waves of heat, haha.

                                          So weird. The flavor of that baco is one of the most cemented flavors in my taste memory. I crave it often...mmm

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                                            Dirtywextraolives Oct 31, 2013 08:12 PM

                                            Guess I like my pork belly sticky, spicy & sweet..... That's how I make it at home. Just braised & deep fried is not deep enough flavor for me.

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                                  whatsfordinner Oct 31, 2013 04:05 PM

                                  "It would be detrimental to my exploration of restaurants in the future in fact. I couldn't trust anything that was said."

                                  I find there are some posters with tastes similar to mine and who's recommendations I actively pursue. Others not so much. It's all a matter of personal taste.

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                                    flowergirl Apr 2, 2014 09:15 AM

                                    I had a truly awful meal at Baco

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                                  Thor123 Oct 31, 2013 01:28 PM

                                  The one time I went I had a Baco that was loaded with cubed fat. Found it disgusting. The other dishes were good.

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                                    Stravinsky Oct 31, 2013 02:07 PM

                                    Did you look at the menu?

                                    The Original Baco clearly states that it contains pork belly. It's not "cubed fat" but it's an excessively fatty cut of meat.

                                    Personally, I find it delicious. I wouldn't hold it against a restaurant if you order something you dislike.

                              2. TonyC Oct 28, 2013 12:53 PM

                                Decor?

                                Perch for booze, Stocking Frame for food, Baco Mercat for spicy booze (only) to properly stumble home. Skip food there at all cost.

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                                  Stravinsky Oct 30, 2013 10:47 PM

                                  What the hell are you talking about?

                                  I truly want to know.

                                  I have had more of the best meals of my life at Baco Mercat than I can count at this point...

                                  What have you been eating there??

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                                    Johnny L Oct 31, 2013 12:58 AM

                                    Jeez calm down, you love Baco you are welcome to and there's nothing wrong with that, you are entitled to your own opinion but heck most of my industry folks and chef buddies don't care much for it.

                                    Generalized and aggregate opinions on message boards are generally never accurate as rarely does the entire community participate so don't take a few comments to heart.

                                    Personally I had a fairly mediocre meal there, although I should give it a another try since I know one of the managers there.

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                                      Xan7hos Oct 31, 2013 01:24 AM

                                      "Honey...I'm not sure I really enjoyed Baco Mercat..."

                                      FILES FOR DIVORCE

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                                    Mauve Oct 30, 2013 06:13 PM

                                    What a night!!!
                                    We are a fun group and loved our night! We started at the Varnish then Perch roof top with the last stop at Baco for a feast. Thank you for all of the replies!

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                                      CLowe Oct 31, 2013 10:40 AM

                                      Good to hear you had fun, Mauve.

                                    2. Mr Taster Nov 1, 2013 04:31 PM

                                      For the record:

                                      http://maps.latimes.com/neighborhoods...

                                      Somehow I don't think you were talking about the eastside, though there is some damned fine food to eat there.

                                      Mr Taster

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