August 23, 2011

Westside Tavern

Ever since moving to the Westside one year ago, I had put Westside Tavern on my list of "must-try's," not because it has Michelin-stars to boast (it doesn't) or perfect reviews (no dice here either), but because it seemed like the kind of place that I would like.  Plus, my roommates did a good job convincing me that their burger and lamb sandwich were, kind of, to die for.  A year later, I finally checked this place out, but with fair expectations.  Needless to say, my roommates were pretty much on the money.

Mac n Cheese with Crispy Onion - $8
Ooey, gooey cheese, richly enveloping perfectly cooked pasta and topped with crispy onion bits and bread crumbs.  How can you possibly go wrong?

The Cheeseburger - $14
 The Cheeseburger is a hit - medium rare patty of good quality meat with cheddar cheese, arugula, caramelized onions, roasted garlic aioli, all on an egg bun.  Plus, you have the choice of sea-salted fries, homemade chips or mixed greens as your side (go for the fries!).  I can't say it was "the best" burger I've eaten, but I give it a solid 4/5.  Enjoy with a refreshing brew.

Lamb French Dip - $16
Another crowd fave is the lamb French dip.  While I'm not a huge fan of French dip sandwiches, there was something different about this that made me craving for more.  Maybe it was the onion marmalade or the horseradish cream or the ultra soft roll.  Whatever it is, it's, quite simply, lovely.

The vibe of the restaurant is pretty sophisticated-chic too with high ceilings and wooden paneling.  If you're catching a movie at the Landmark and you want a nice meal, check out the Westside Tavern (or Apple Pan for their delicious burgers).

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cuisine: American
location: West LA
websites: { WT | yelp }
attire: Casual
parking: lot
notes: I'm sure their entrees are all great, but for a guaranteed good meal, try the cheeseburger or the French lamb dip sandwich.