I love it when I come across a local gem. I love it even more when it’s close to home. Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar.
‘Honey, where should we eat?’
‘We had sushi last night.’
‘Somewhere good… and inexpensive.’
‘Looks like it’s Baja Fresh.’
Well, think again.
Finally, the neighborhood has a new cozy bar & restaurant that feels like a NY grill without the pretense. Melrose Bar & Grill, nestled discretely on Melrose near Robertson and Doheny… is somewhere between NY pub and Aspen den. Now, I don’t normally order duck or burgers, but I had a bite of my husband’s Duck Burger with Gouda Cheese and Cherry Ketchup and I almost kissed the chef. Then there’s the Berkshire Pork Chop cider brined and served Alsatian style with house cured sauerkraut, the Mediterranean Platter, Thin Crust Pizzas and snacks like Warm Pretzels with House Made Sausage. Specials include Fresh Oysters, Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice (my personal favorite), Fish, Cheeses, and Desserts. And… let’s certainly not forget about the 600 + wine list, selection of sakes, specialty cocktails and beers on tap. As they say, ‘The atmosphere is casual, relaxed and contemporary.’ Wood banquettes, a fireplace, an open kitchen, a spacious bar… I give Melrose Bar & Grill a 9.5 for being that go-to neighborhood spot perfect for couples, family, and friends. You can actually talk, dine well, and leave without spending half your paycheck. Their goal? To keep everything under $25.
It’s about time, LA.
Shhh… don’t tell everyone, just tell enough people to keep this awesome gem around.
Melrose Bar & Grill
8826 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069