The Mountain is one of those "LA" places that are impossible to find because they don't have the name of the bar on the door. But once you figure it out, it's a pretty cool place. Not over-crowded, and with a chic interior. It's the perfect place for a first date. The drink selection is pretty good too, though it's a little expensive.
I'm not a vegan, so I generally don't patronize vegan restaurants. But I wanted something healthy and filled with veggies for lunch, so I decided to check this place out.
Wow! It was really good, and much better than I expected. They serve a lot of Asian food (I got Pad Thai) and they do it very nicely. The food is very tasty and light. It's also very reasonably priced- I think I ended up spending about $15 including tip.
I was SO excited to try Cobras and Matadors. I love tapas, it's one of my absolute favorite foods, and I had yet to find a good tapas restaurant in LA.
Unfortunately, I am still looking for a good tapas restaurant in LA because this was not it. The food was okay, but not great. And the small plates were honestly too expensive. They were the price of normal plates at a normal restaurant. The whole point of tapas is to get multiple small plates!
So sadly, my quest for good tapas continues. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.
I enjoy going to Il Capriccio on occasion. The food is very nice, and the restaurant is cute. The menu is nothing too special or innovative, it is classic upscale Italian fare. That said, they do that quite well.
And although the restaurant is usually crowded, somehow there never seems to be an insane wait for a table. If you're in the mood for a nice Italian place, this is a good choice.
I really enjoyed Tender Greens mostly because of the quality of the ingredients they use- they are committed to organic food, which I really appreciate.
The prices are reasonable and portions are fairly sizeable. I had the ahi tuna which was very nice, and done just perfectly. All in all this is a great place to come for lunch or a light dinner. It is crowded though, so bear that in mind if you are in a rush.
Is Frying Fish the best sushi I've ever had? No. But it's very reasonably priced and good quality. The seating is all at the sushi bar, so you have to be aggressive in getting your order in, but other than that the service is fairly quick.
So if you're on a budget and craving sushi, I definitely recommend Frying Fish.
Teru is located on Sushi Row- there are literally sushi restaurants on every block on Ventura Blvd. However, I think Teru stands out from the crowd of sushi restaurants with its excellent menu, and very nice ambiance.
In fact, I would even dare to go as far as to say that Teru is BETTER than Katsuya. I know, I know, blasphemy. But seriously, the sushi is ALMOST as good, maybe as good. And the environment in the restaurant is so much nicer. And you can always get a table.
I absolutely love The Kitchen- everything I've eaten there has always been top quality. They use really fresh, often local ingredients, and a lot of free range meat, and organic ingredients. Highlights include the goat cheese latkes with applesauce, the chicken soup, and macaroni and cheese.
The brunch menu is delicious too. This is one of those hipsterish gems in Los Feliz, but unlike most places in Los Feliz, The Kitchen is rarely over-crowded. Reasonable prices.
This is absolutely hands down my favorite place to hear bands play in LA. The atmosphere is great and very intimate. The bookers obviously have an eye for talent. If you hear a full line-up, you're sure to discover one new band you love.
And the drinks are super cheap! What's not to love? Well, okay, the parking situation sucks, but there is valet or you can park a mile away and you know ... walk. It is LA after all. It's not that cold.
Go Monday nights to hear the free residencies.
If you want to have a karaoke party, The Brass Monkey is the place for you. Firstly, they take reservations for big parties, so you can reserve a spot for all your guests so they don't have to cram in.
Secondly, the food is good (bar food but good) and it's just a really fun place to karaoke. Doesn't have that awful "industry" feel of places like Dimple's in Burbank, but is filled with cool chill people who just want to have fun.
I highly recommend The Brass Monkey for your next party.