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Feb 25, 2014 08:43 AM

Freddy Smalls

I heard great things about the food at Freddy Smalls. We regularly go out to dinner after 7:00 but last night we got out the door early so decided to try their happy hour. I ordered a Bloody Mary and was told they do not make them. I then asked for Malibu Rum and pineapple juice. They didn't have that either. Regular iced tea? Strike three. I settled for water. The food that we ordered was tasty but three out of four items had a heavy smoky flavor. While I love bacon I am not a fan of smoky flavoring in other food. We are not planning on returning.

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  1. I have been underwhelmed by the food there as well. I REALLY want it to be good - always kind of hoping it will become an LA version of the Spotted Pig. But, sadly, the food is so-so to no-no. OTOH, I have no problem with the cocktail and beer program(s), which I find potent, tasty and inventive. But, I would not order a Bloody Mary (outside of New Orleans) or a Malibu Rum (anywhere).

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    1. re: Ciao Bob

      I am not much of a drinker as you could tell.
      Not sure why they couldn't make a regular iced tea.
      Ohh - The Spotted Pig. We need that in L A!

      1. re: flowergirl

        We will get The Spotted Pig...will open in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd in the not too distant future...

      2. re: Ciao Bob

        I bartended for many years, saw people order Tom Collins in the dead of winter, Hot Toddys in the height of summer, grown men getting a round of Scooby Snacks, and youngish ladies ordering scotch on the rocks. It made me realize that cocktails are such a personal preference. As I told the man who ordered an apple martini, but in a rocks glass "so my buddies don't think I'm drinking a girly drink" hey!! You're paying for it, and you're drinking it! Tell your buddies to f off!

        The best Bloody Mary I have ever had was most definitely in New Orleans, at the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone. Pickled okra as a garnish? Sign me up!!

        1. re: schrutefarms

          one of the great bloody marts in nola was at Uggie's

          1. re: kevin

            Great bloody mary at Plan Check. The best Bloody Mary ever, though, is at the Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort - any of the bars - they have this recipe that they let sit for a couple days, like a marinara sauce.

      3. It's just solid for me. But at least it's open late.

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        1. re: chrishei

          i like those smoked Pee Wee potatoes with the addictive dipping sauce.

          And their drinks are good, i don't know about their bloody marrys, i don't really drink those anymore.

        2. Freddy Smalls is a great westside place for drinks and bar snacks. Their Buffalo Cup is one of my favorite cocktails ever (bourbon, yellow chartreuse, clover honey, bitters, lemongrass), which I usually enjoy with olives, pickles, and a drinking buddy.

          FYI, I think they list their cocktails in order of stiffest to weakest.

          Hi Ciao Bob & chrishei! (This is Natalie from our Jitlada dinner last week. You guys sold me on getting a CH account!)

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          1. re: phamschottler

            welcome, phamschottler - was great to meet you.

            1. re: phamschottler

              Hi Natalie! It was a fun dinner - let's all get together again soon :)

            2. I love love love the food here...... Not sure what other people have ordered here. The buffalo deviled eggs are my desert island food. The Reuben with the bone marrow is fantastic. They had a special steak sandwich there that was incredible...... Haven't been in a while, and I'm sure Palmer mixes the menu up a bit according to season & inspiration.

              Too bad you didn't ask them to make you something similar to the Bloody Mary. I ordered a dirty martini there, they made me an incredible martini with aquavit instead, it was swoon-worthy. You need to just leave it in the hands of the mixologists they have.

              That's okay if some of you don't find it's always packed with a wait when I have gone, perhaps that will now be alleviated somewhat.

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              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                I had a mind-bendingly good short rib terrine there recently. I've had nothing but great experiences there. I like to go after Happy Hour, actually. Quieter and less of a frat-boy crowd.


                1. re: Fig Newton

                  We go after happy hour too, it's mainly couples or groups but no less noisy or crowded, it seems.

                2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  i do like those deviled eggs, forgot that. half a dozen of those a couple drinks and those pee wee potatoes then move on over to Mori for a full-blown omakase dinner.

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      That's where we should meet up one day.

                      Freddy Small's.

                      Btw, I do like their gangsta rap mix there, for what it's worth, ftw.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Yea, maybe a happy hour, as they don't open for lunch. I'm still waiting for basketball season to be over......

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          Didn't ball season just start ???? :)

                          Prospective NBA stars in the making ????

                          1. re: kevin

                            Hahaha, from your lips to God's ears.....I meant the school season...oldest was on three teams...once spring starts he'll only be on two....but then again I'll have to deal with his volleyball schedule as well. So I guess it won't let up until the summer....{{sigh}}

                3. I think your capsule review kinda captured the same experience I had.

                  Food is reasonable ambitious, the execution not so much. Fun place and the food isn't bad. Not great, but not bad.