Monday, May 10, 2010

Westside Tavern

Traditionally, restaurants located in malls are of the chain variety (there must be some kind of mandate that there be a P.F. Chang's, Cheesecake Factory or California Pizza Kitchen in every mall) and, if not, they are most likely not noteworthy.

Westside Tavern, however, located in the Westside Pavilion, is no average restaurant-in-a-mall; the restaurant, which is helmed by Chef Warren Schwartz, earned a spot on LA Magazine's list of "Best New Restaurants."

This weekend, after checking out Iron Man 2, I headed to Westside Tavern to give it a try for myself. Because the restaurant doesn't take reservations (and because a few other movies were letting out), we were told there was a 45 minute wait. Luckily, the ultimate time-killer-- Barnes and Noble--is nearby (*dork alert*).

Westside Tavern

J ordered the Cheeseburger (Tillamook cheddar, caramelized onions, egg bun, $14.00) with fries. With its fluffy bun and cheese dripping down the side, this burger was picture-perfect. In terms of taste, although each bite was satisfyingly textured and juicy, the meat was not particularly impressive, and the $14.00 price tag seems a bit hefty.

Cheeseburger @ Westside Tavern

Our friend's Tri-tip Sandwich (arugula, grilled balsamic onions, blue cheese, mustard-horseradish sauce, pain rustique roll, $16.00), on the other hand, was worth every penny. I hate blue cheese, but its kick worked well with the tang of the arugula and the mustard-horseradish sauce. The tri-tip had the perfect char to it, and the crunchy pain rustique roll tied everything together nicely.

Tri-Tip Sandwich @ Westside Tavern

I ordered the James Ranch Lamb French Dip (orange marmalade, horseradish cream, rosemary au jus, soft roll, $16.00) because, if ever lamb is on the menu, I will order it. This also contained an ingredient I don't love--horseradish--but, damn do the folks at Westside Tavern know what they're doing. It was the spice of the horseradish juxtaposed against the mild flavor of the lamb and au jus that took this sandwich from good to great.

James Ranch Lamb French Dip @ Westside Tavern

As we were walking out the door, my friend received a text with his dessert recs for Westside Tavern. Nooooo, too late!! Oh well. Guess this means I'm coming back.

Westside Tavern
10850 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90063
(310) 470-1539

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  1. i've never been to Westside Tavern but that burger looks amazing, especially with the cheese dripping down the side! i will have to make a visit soon :)

  2. I've heard the lamb dip there is amazing! Your picture definitely makes it look so. Will have to check it out!

  3. @LetMeEatCake: The burger was OK. I'd definitely recommend the tri-tip sandwich or lamb dip! I've heard their flatbreads are good, too.

    @Diana: Yes! So yummy.