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Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern

5370 Wilshire Blvd. (Hauser Blvd.) Send to Phone
323-823-4890
Whimsical décor for an eclectic gastropub menu by chef Isaias Peña, and specialty cocktails.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern, Los Angeles, CA

Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern Restaurant Review

: These days, many restaurants seem to dedicate as much space to the bar as to the dining room. Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern is no exception, which is appropriate, given its extensive list of whiskies (some rare). However, even if you just come for a handcrafted cocktail, you'll probably end up indulging in some bites. The décor is so funky and playful as to invite a long stay amid the joyful ambience. Part of the building's exterior resembles a large camera --- an architectural remnant of a former tenant --- whose lens now houses a double-sided aquarium that's visible both inside and from the street. In the bar, a black and white sketch extending from the ceiling to part of the walls will keep your eyes occupied. The dining area is delimited by two Greek columns and features a tall tree in the middle of the room, as well as a golden chandelier, disparate furniture, rock star posters and a life-sized alligator looming over patrons seated near the wood-burning pizza oven. Such whimsical décor calls for a bill of fare that's just as eclectic. Chef Isaias Peña encompasses the LA food scene in his gastropub menu, which ranges from snacks (pork belly lollipops, lamb meatballs) to vegetarian dishes (grilled asparagus, farro salad) to crispy pizzas (try the one topped with hanger steak, chimichurri, fresno chiles, pickled red onions and cilantro) to steaks. Chef Peña is also passionate about burgers. The decadent "surf & turf" version, presenting a brisket and short rib blend topped with juicy lobster, Stilton cheese, tomato, wilted spinach and white truffle aïoli on a buttermilk brioche bun, is more expensive than its beefy brethren, but worth it. Desserts might include chocolate mousse.

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