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11648 San Vicente Blvd. (Darlington Ave.) Send to Phone
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A sophisticated clientele enjoys American cuisine at this Westside outpost of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne (Lucques, a.o.c.).
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Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Tavern, Los Angeles, CA

Tavern Restaurant Review

: "Tavern" may be an old-fashioned way to say "bar," but in the expert hands of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne (Lucques, a.o.c.), it becomes an "à la mode" restaurant composed of three distinct elegant rooms. In the front is the Larder, ideal for grabbing a croissant or taking home some house-made bread, hand-crafted salumi, salads, cheeses, or a bottle from an intriguing boutique winery. A hip crowd has adopted Tavern's vibrant lounge as a place to gather over cocktails and small bites, making it a good spot for solo diners to wander in. The main dining area, with its glass roof, is appropriately called the Atrium, and is warmed up by two olive trees. The zinc-topped tables proudly retain their stemware stains, proof of the good times experienced there. The menu is small but appealing. Choose between a green salad with avocado and Dungeness crab, roasted asparagus with polenta, a fried egg and pecorino; or diver scallops with young onion soubise to start. Lamb merguez served with almonds and roasted apricots also rates highly. There is market fish (orate during our visit) accompanied by green rice and crème fraîche. We enjoy the duck confit with haricots verts, hazelnuts and Bing cherries, but both meat and pasta were too dry in the beef daube with ricotta gnocchi. To finish, go with the mix of the chocolate mousse with espresso granita and praline ice cream; or the walnut galette served with mascarpone and saba. Styne has put together a wine list of mostly French and domestic labels that include many small, interesting wineries, but it has some pricey items, like the 2003 Vin de Pays from Domaine de la Grange des Pères at $160.

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Creative comfort food
by gourmand on Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:01 pm
Had a nice lunch there :D
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