Warren's Blackboard @ Beverly Garland Hotel in NoHo
Based on several local comments regarding Warren Schwartz's now cooking at Warren's Blackboard on Vineland near the 101 Freeway, 3 friends and I went last night to try it out and see what the fuss was all about. Way more than fuss, with good food and drink being but two highlights.
Gorgeous night to sit on their rather extensive patio, we enjoyed pisco sours, ice tea, pinot noir and viognier for beverage starters for the 4 of us. All highly thought of.
We ate mostly appetizers, including poke, burrata, stuffed zucchini blossom, and a side dish of Brussels sprouts as appetizer.
Entrees included a "superb" salmon from the ice tea drinker, one sea bass entrée split by me and the pisco sour drinker, and the burger, deemed very good by the pinot drinker.
All in all, a perfect night, very good food, and priced at $165+ tip, deemed a very good value, and a place that all 4 of us would return, and sooner than later.
The hotel is still remodeling around the premises, and the valet area is still a bit under duress, but all things will be worked out soon we were told.
Highly recommended for those of us in the Valley who would rather stay there, especially on weeknights, and don't want to ever think of having to deal with the usual suspects that we have gotten more tired of than we need to discuss.
Warren was formerly with Saddle Peak Lodge, Westside Tavern and Whist at the Viceroy in Santa Monica.
www.warrensblackboard.com for more details.
Finally got around to trying it and would completely agree with the review. Had several of the starters, the pork chop and chicken. Food is all very good - nothing wildly creative just basics served well. That he worked at Westside Tavern makes sense as I would say there's some similarities. Definitely a spot I will return to.
Well timed bump - I was also here on Thursday and this might be my new neighborhood spot. Agree with the "nothing wildly creative just basics served well" angle.
Had 4 apps, 1 main, 1 dessert, 3 drinks.
Standouts for me were the short rib pasta (spectacular) and toffee cake (of course I had to get it a la mode...). All drinks were on point and will be ordered again - strawberry fields, pisco sour, dark and manly. Not sure who they got behind the bar but they're making quality drinks with care.
I'll get ya'll some pics after the wifey uploads them to Dropbox.
Total for all that was exactly 99 dollars. Nice looking patio and good hours on the lounge.
are you closer to the studio city side or the noho side?
some of my regulars...not best in class but generally good QPR for the neighborhood
japanese - jinya/daichan/sushi don
mexican - tacos manzano for cheap tacos, salsa & beer for the mexican margarita experience
american - sweet salt / olive & thyme
i'll generally pick NoHo over Studio City EXCEPT FOR Japanese food, which somehow studio city kills at.
ME - joe's falafel/skaf's/hayat's kitchen. there's sooo much Middle Eastern stuff out there I can't possibly get to all of it...
some of the more baller places that i haven't tried are firenze osteria and girasol
Thank you. I'm Studio City side about 3/4 mile directly west of Warren's. Looks like your list is very close to mine. Just looking to expand my Sunday night eat in or take out list (since sadly Daichan isn't open Sundays or else I'd do that every night). Haven't tried Manzano so that's now bookmarked.
Tacos Manzano is a regular spot for me. Their Tlayuda is better than most and they're one of the few places I can find sesos tacos outside of East LA.
Firenze hasn't really shown itself to be anything more than a more intimate version of Ca' del Sole and generally is a reminder that I should've frequented Ombra more often while it was still around...
Also, although not exactly "baller", I find LA Ventura to be a comfortable medium between Loteria Grill and a downsized Red O. Good place to take guests who want "Mexican" but don't reaaalllly like Mexican food. ;)
I tried it, and the word "great" would never come to mind.
Would never justify my going to the place for the first time, which whenever I do will be the first time.
Several local friends say it is ok, nothing special.
But one of these daze, I will have dinner there.
But Discokill's assessment is spot on.
the al pastor/asada/chorizo/carnitas are what you expect @ 1.25/taco ($1/taco tuesdays). Good well stocked salsa bar. BUT the chicken is awful, don't buy it - it's this weird shredded boiled mess. Chipotle has better chicken.
@ FranklinJefferson thanks for the heads up, I see the poster for the Tlayuda all the time but never got it.
re: Sunday japanese
Try this place. Had a great meal there and wasn't too expensive.
Went back here on Saturday night, 830 pm no reservations. Sat down within 10 minutes, waited in the lounge while our table was getting ready. Bar menu is different (smaller, more snackish) than the normal dinner menu. Service was great, they handled the transition from lounge to restaurant flawlessly. In fact, the service here is really impressing me - proper silverware/plateware changes after every course.
Drinks are still great - had the cucumber press and pisco punch. $10-$13/ea. Not too stiff, just right.
Ate goat cheese/melon salad, short rib pasta, ny steak, side of brussel sprouts, toffee cake a la mode.
Unfortunately short rib pasta went from the "too good to be true" price of $14 to $20 for the same portion. Still delicious.
NY steak was good but not "omg must order this" status.
Brussel sprouts and salad were both great, would order again.
Toffee cake was "OMG must order this" status, and a repeat from our last visit. Fantastic and a la mode is just straight up indulgent.
Total for 1 app, 2 entrees, 1 side, 1 dessert, 2 drinks = $90 + tip. They were quite packed, so maybe their reputation is increasing.
I'll be back, but probably for their lounge next time. I can easily see dropping $40-60 on a consistent basis at the lounge... probably not a good thing.