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Title: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: starkiller4299 on July 13, 2011, 06:31:38 PM
Hey all--

Me and a co-worker are headed out to the Irvine/LA area in a few weeks on company business.  Could anyone give a few suggestions on some decent, not-outrageously-pricey restaurants?  We're budgeted about $40 for each dinner, so we're thinking of keeping it a bit cheaper and then splurging a bit on one meal somewhere.

I would like to hit a few microbreweries, but I need to keep in mind that my coworker isn't really a beer drinker, so having a good menu/atmosphere is kinda important.  So any restaurants, pubs, and brewpubs you can recommend with these in mind would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance :).
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: narcout on July 16, 2011, 12:28:17 AM
I don't know much about Irvine, but there's a few good places here in LA.  Father's Office is probably the best known, there's also a decent bar (at the end of my street actually) called The Village Idiot that might be worth checking into (they often have Pliny the Elder if you're into that) though it doesn't really have a fantastic selection.  It's kind of a beer wasteland here (San Diego is a whole different story if you can make it down there).  Both places have good food (Father's Office is known as having excellent burgers).

If you go to any Whole Foods here, they have a pretty amazing beer selection.  I don't know where you're from, but I know they carry a lot of beers that aren't readily available in some parts of the country.  There's also a beverage warehouse called BevMo that carries a good selection if you're looking for things to take back with you.

If you make it out to Silverlake, there's a microbrewery/restaurant there called Good which I like.

A quick google search should help you locate any of these places. 
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: sparkleberry on July 16, 2011, 12:40:49 AM
tony's darts away in Burbank.
eagle rock brewery in eagle rock.
blue palms brewhouse in Hollywood.
verdugo bar in eagle rock.
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: sparkleberry on July 16, 2011, 12:45:02 AM
and the surly goat in west hollywood
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: californiapete on July 16, 2011, 03:11:23 PM
Also in west LA, rather than Irvine/OC, is Steingarten on Pico http://www.steingartenla.com/ (http://www.steingartenla.com/), which is great if you're in the mood for sausages. A bit closer (Long Beach / Seal Beach) is Beachwood BBQ http://www.beachwoodbbq.com/ (http://www.beachwoodbbq.com/). My favorite place in the immediate surroundings of Irvine is the Tustin Brewing Company http://www.tustinbrewery.com/ (http://www.tustinbrewery.com/)—very good beer, although nothing particularly exciting about the food.
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: californiapete on July 16, 2011, 03:14:24 PM
P.S. From Irvine, I'd actually be inclined to head south to Pizza Port http://www.pizzaport.com/ (http://www.pizzaport.com/). I've never been to the San Clemente location, but that would be the closest. (Pizza Port Carlsbad should be on every homebrewer's bucket list.)
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: narcout on July 16, 2011, 05:03:08 PM
and the surly goat in west hollywood

Man, I totally forgot about the surly goat and eagle rock brewing, but I thought of two other interesting places.

The stuffed sandwich (hands down the best beer selection of any place I've been out here): http://www.stuffedsandwich.com

Also, if you make it downtown, Wurstkuche is pretty awesome: http://www.wurstkucherestaurant.com/
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: 1vertical on July 17, 2011, 03:53:36 PM
Follow Zimmern's travels...

I think Wolfgang Puck's place worthy of a visit....

http://www.tv.com/bizarre-foods-with-andrew-zimmern/los-angeles/episode/1234083/recap.html?tag=episode_recap;recap  (http://www.tv.com/bizarre-foods-with-andrew-zimmern/los-angeles/episode/1234083/recap.html?tag=episode_recap;recap)
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: pyrite on July 17, 2011, 05:01:42 PM
It's in Alhambra:
http://38degreesalhambra.com/   .......  

If you make it to http://www.wurstkucherestaurant.com/ in downtown L.A. you could walk around the corner and hit- up http://www.angelcitybrewing.com/

Beer in the L.A. area article.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2011/07/eagle-rock-brewery.html
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: narcout on July 17, 2011, 06:02:05 PM
If you make it to http://www.wurstkucherestaurant.com/ in downtown L.A. you could walk around the corner and hit- up http://www.angelcitybrewing.com/

Is Angel City Brewing still in commission? I have never seen one of their beers for sale.
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: starkiller4299 on July 19, 2011, 01:58:04 PM
Thanks for all of the recommendations, fellas!  I was a bit worried there when the thread went a few days without posts--glad I checked in again!

Between the training group getting dinner together and these recommendations, looks like we'll be in pretty good shape for the week :). 
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: rjharper on July 22, 2011, 06:04:28 PM
I like Quadrupel in Pasadena.  They've got a great bottled Belgian beer selection, some interesting drafts as well, and a really good bistro menu.
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: gordonstrong on July 22, 2011, 11:32:23 PM
Drew's house
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: pyrite on July 23, 2011, 01:26:37 AM
If you make it to http://www.wurstkucherestaurant.com/ in downtown L.A. you could walk around the corner and hit- up http://www.angelcitybrewing.com/

Is Angel City Brewing still in commission? I have never seen one of their beers for sale.

Yes, they are up and running.  The beers are about 4-5 bucks a pop, and better priced than Wurstkuche.  They've filled their brewery with art work, seeing that they're in the art district.  I sometimes ride my bike down their, get a buzz and grub in Japan town.   
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: narcout on July 23, 2011, 03:39:35 AM
Yes, they are up and running.  The beers are about 4-5 bucks a pop, and better priced than Wurstkuche.  They've filled their brewery with art work, seeing that they're in the art district.  I sometimes ride my bike down their, get a buzz and grub in Japan town.   

Yeah, the beer at Wurstkuche is pretty expensive, that place must be making money hand over fist - there's a line outside the door pretty much everytime I go there.

Good to know about Angel City Brewing though; I'll have to check them out sometime.
Title: Re: Good food and brews in Los Angeles?
Post by: dbeechum on July 23, 2011, 06:31:45 PM
Drew's house

Shh.. I'm outta beer. NHC plum tapped me out! :)