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.
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).
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!!
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!)
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 special.....it's always packed with a wait when I have gone, perhaps that will now be alleviated somewhat.
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.