Went out with some old friends for dinner and drinks the other night and it was a BLAST! First we met at Villains Tavern - Amazing! Driving through what seems like an industrial wasteland Downtown, I didn't think there was any way we were going to find this place then BAM there it was - our new hideout. It's a hidden gem to say the least - part western outpost, part speakeasy and I'm in love. The outdoor patio has a bar, stage, shuffleboard and lots of nooks and crannies to gather with friends. Indoors you'll find a gorgeous antique bar, surrounded with apothecary jars, vintage chandeliers, and candlelight.
Make your way through the hipsters and belly up to the bar for some of the best drinks you've had in a long time! They also have a shot and a beer menu, and my favorite, a snowcone with liquor (you choose your liquor and your fruit). My drink of choice was the Tijuana Trick (Sino Reposado Tequila, St. Germain, lime juice and orange zest). Sublime. Need to fill your belly a bit? Try the Bourbon Bacon Caramel Corn, or Indian Peas (deep fried chick peas dusted with chili-lemon sea salt). Rumor has it they open at 1pm on Saturday's for day drinking, BBQ and live music.
Sad to leave, but we had reservations at the Lazy Ox Canteen in Little Tokyo.
There really aren't words to describe how delicious this place is. It's a dark, narrow dining room with an open table and a warm, cozy ambiance. Small plates shared family style was the way we decided to go and we were NOT disappointed. Some highlights? Feta cheese & marcona almonds with castelventro olives, grilled cabbage with piquillo perrer & almonds, broccolini with anchovy lemon vinaigrette, niman ribeye steak with fava bean puree & bone marrow, the list goes on....
All and all, it was a perfect evening out!