If you have yet to go to Westside Tavern, what are you waiting for? The comfortable and casual space and personable servers are definitely a plus. But it is the creative ‘chef-driven’ food that shines here. It is consistently and amazingly good. I’ve tried a number if items on the menu which are inventive and satisfying such as the ultra-comfort grilled cheese and tomato basil soup, the stellar portobello mushroom and mozzarella melt, or the addictive fried green beans with lemon aioli (eaten like french fries). However, I always return to the two dishes that I can’t stop thinking about. I know you may find it hard to believe when I tell you that the hummus pita is the best I have ever had, but I swear it! It is creamy, rich as butter, garlic-y, and topped with house roasted bellaria tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta. Served with warm, soft pita, the flavors work together to dazzle the palate. Likewise, the flatbreads (more like pizzas on crispy, corrugated cracker bases) are divine. They change seasonally. On a recent visit the selections included shiitake mushrooms and asparagus with fontina and truffle oil as well as a roasted tomato, grilled artichoke, smoked mozzarella, and arugula flatbread. One taste and you’ll be on your blackberry trying to schedule your next visit. For dessert, try the warm fudge brownie or warm sticky toffee cake. Both are deep, gooey, rich. Wine and cocktail lists are very manageable. The meat dishes will make any carnivore drool. As they don’t take rezzies, make sure you time your visit between when movies get out and when they start or you may have a considerable wait, but it’s well worth it.
10850 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90064 310.470.1539