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Best Gastropubs In Los Angeles

February 10, 2011 3:03 AM

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Gastropubs take the neighborhood watering hole and bump it up a notch. Beer lists go from basic to cleverly constructed. Food menus are transformed from alcohol-soaking grease fests into inspired takes on comforting favorites. The best maintain the pub sensibility – a swell place for eating, drinking, and relaxing with friends. Here are a few standouts.

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The Golden State website. (credit: http://www.thegoldenstatecafe.com)

The Golden State

426 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-8331
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Since opening in early 2009, The Golden State has become a go-to spot for a little after-work relaxation or a lazy weekend afternoon. Fairfax denizens settle into the simple space with its cool, light wood and red brick walls for a rotating menu of well-priced craft beers, enormous sweet potato wedges, Let’s Be Frank hotdogs, and what some consider to be one of the best burgers in town. For dessert, there’s Scoops ice cream, which can be made into a sensational beer float.

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Father’s Office

3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 736-2224

1018 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 393-2337
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Yes, you almost always have to wait – both to order at the bar and to find a place to sit. But Father’s Office (the original and 2.0) is the quintessential gastropub, with an exciting craft beer list that educates as it refreshes. There’s a menu of small and big bites, ranging from house-cured white anchovies to sweet potato fries with blue cheese aioli, and (of course) the famous burger.

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Lazy Ox Canteen

241 S San Pedro
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-5299
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The search for good, booze-worthy bites is a worldwide pursuit. The food and drink menus at this dimly lit, casually cool Little Tokyo gastropub reflect this noble quest. There’s a solid selection of craft beers both in the bottle and on draft, and a well-constructed wine list. There’s also a range of sochu and sake, which go perfectly with the global tour of small plates that Chef Josef Centeno serves up. The pig ear “chicharon” has earned Jonathan Gold’s accolades as the best pig ear in town and the dashi yellowtail with hash browns – or the lamb neck hash with jidori egg – also have down town drinkers raving. Wine by the bottle is half off on Monday, and there is a limited happy hour weekdays from 5-7.

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A burger getting grilled up at Oinkster. (credit: http://www.theoinkster.com)

Oinkster

2005 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
(323) 255-6465
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With a more limited beer menu than others, Oinkster makes the list because its brand of “slow fast food” goes so perfectly with suds that a joint that feels like a diner by day becomes a gastropub by night. Whether seated at the old fashioned counter, at one of the cozy red booths, or on the outdoor patio, pairing a pint of the featured draft with a Carolina pulled barbecue sandwich (or the house smoked pastrami) and a side of perfectly crispy Belgian fries will send you into oinking delight – especially when you end the night with one of the Oinkster’s famous peanut butter and jelly cupcakes.

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Wurstküche

800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-4444
www.wurstkucherestaurant.com

A couple of beers from the impressive list of primarily German and Belgian brews may be enough liquid courage to help even the most timid eaters order the rattlesnake and rabbit sausage from this Downtown high end wiener joint. Freshly baked, pillowy-soft buns and a range of condiments and toppings will futher dull the apprehension of eating one of these exotic dogs, as will watching nearby diners down them at the large communal tables in the long red brick space. Should timidity win out, rest assured that the other sausages available, whether duck with bacon, vegetarian Italian, or classic bratwurst, will serve you just fine as well.

Katie Robbins is an L.A.-based freelance writer, focusing on food and culture. Check out her website at www.katiesallierobbins.com.

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