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Apr 12, 2014 05:31 PM

post & beam - trip report

Went to post & beam for lunch last Tuesday...beautiful LA weather and heard good things about the patio on this board, so we decided to check it out.

The standalone building is very nice architecturally, situated on the outside edges of a mall property. We were quickly seated on the patio. It's next to a fairly busy street but they did a nice job buffering out noise with vegetation--including their own garden next to seating. Nice spot! We ordered homemade regular and strawberry lemonade which was perfect for the warm day. Looked like they had a nice wine list and a few beers on draft, and a full bar.

The menu touted the homemade corn bread so we ordered it. Out came one measly end piece slapped on a white plate with a ramekin of honey butter or some such. For $3 you figure they could have done something a little more sexy...honeycomb or something. It was just ok.

For mains, my wife ordered the Garden Pizza, and I ordered the fried Catfish Wrap with Black Eye Pea Hummus, Pickled Tomato and Avocado. Both were awesome. Though the tomatoes in my wrap were a little tough, it gave it some great zing and the fish was light and crispy. I gobbled the whole thing, which came with some of the best sweet potato fries I have ever had.

The Garden Pizza, had some lovely fresh mozz cheese, and, as it turns out, fava leaves harvested from just a few feet away. Chef Gorvind Armstrong himself relayed that to us when he came outside to show some other patrons the garden and asked us about our meal! He stayed outside to chat with a us a few minutes and was really nice. I didn't have the heart to tell him about the cornbread fail. Should I have?

All in all, it was a great, filling lunch, in a peaceful setting. Seeing the chef was neat too, as we visited Table 8 many years ago. Foodies + chef groupies!

P.S. He says the place really gets busy for Sunday brunch...could be fun!

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  1. This is the only review on here regarding Post & Beam.

    It does not read like a review of a top 101 restaurant...

    Anyone else ever go to this place?

    4 Replies
    1. re: BacoMan

      went for restaurant week last earlier this year and was blown away. i'd go there more often if it was closer to me. had their fried chicken and thought it was great.

      1. re: cdub

        I'm going tonight before a show at the Forum. Came to search the posts for any intel, but not much on the board. Will report back after tonight's meal. The menu as listed on the website sounds fabulous.

        1. re: djquinnc

          It was alright. They have a "limited" Sunday menu for some reason unclear to me. We had a tasty pork sausage and black eyed pea chili, some mussels, catfish and grits, and a tomato/watermelon salad. Everything was decent, but not great. Some of the dishes were a bit under-seasoned and needed a bit of help. The apple cobbler was a bit sad: overworked dough and unpeeled, under-cooked apples. Service was attentive when it was present, but despite the fact that there were only a handful of customers in the joint, we felt forgotten a few times. Having said that, it was not a bad meal at all. Could I see myself driving from WeHo just to have their food? - not at all. Made me really long for Chef Armstrong's salt-crusted porterhouse at Table 8 and really made me sad about the demise of 8oz Burger Bar. The food at Post and Beam was nowhere up to that level.

      2. re: BacoMan

        Have gone for the Sunday brunch which was a nice change of pace from Westside options. We'd go more often if we were in the area. The outdoor patio seating is really nice in our regular LA weather.

      3. Like Cdub, I also went during restaurant week but I had polar experience. I wondered whether if my disappointment had anything to do with it being DineLA week.

        I thought the food was well made but the main element missing from all the dishes was SALT. I found the food bland and had to request sea salt. I had been really looking forward to tying the Post & Beam so I was quite let down. I did not try the deviled eggs. The shrimp on the ceasar was nicely grilled but the dressing on the greens was overwhelming. I was expecting the cornbread to me most and luscious but it was dry and grainy.

        The short rib could be cut with a fork but it was just a bit overcooked causing the meat the be a bit stringy. The cat fish was cooked perfectly but again lacked seasoning.

        We also sat on the Patio which had a nice vibe. The waitress was friendly but MIA most of the meal.

        Bacoman you're right.