10 Great Los Angeles Bars With Truly Excellent Food
|Grilled Artichoke at Laurel Tavern|
Bustling at nearly every hour of the day, Laurel Tavern is one of those great neighborhood joints that feels like the place to be. Once you're in the door, the energy is infectious. It's casual -- you seat yourself, and have to walk up to the bar to order both booze and food -- and convivial, with people chatting between tables and standing out on the sidewalk. They've got a dozen beers on tap, wine by the glass and craft cocktails; but pay close attention to the chalkboards on the wall.
Listed there you'll find a range of things to nosh on: from the light (a fabulous marinated/grilled artichoke, beets with burrata, grilled shishito peppers) to the substantial (chorizo fondu, patty melt, bbq ribs). They've got five yummy burger options, and claim to have the best one in the neighborhood: we'll let you be the judge. 11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City; (818) 506-0777.
2. Mission Cantina
Erin Lyall Taco Tuesday at Mission Cantina
Mission Cantina is tough to characterize, but right there on their website they qualify themselves for this list: "The Mission is a bar with fresh homemade Mexican food." Mission is in fact a tequila bar, an impressive gothic-looking cave with bottles stacked all the way to the ceiling. But it's got some of the best Mexican food in this part of town, including chile rellenos, enchiladas (verde & rojo), and a rich chicken mole poblano, deeply flavored with chocolate, spice and spiciness.
They also serve tamales on the weekend. But the day to go is (Taco) Tuesday -- when their tacos are a dollar apiece: carne asada, carnitas, chicken, potato and veggie. Top a couple of those carnitas tacos with onions, cilantro and salsa, pair it with one of their top-notch jalapeno margaritas. Life doesn't get much more bueno than that. 5946 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood; (323) 469-3130.