The owners of Echo Park's Allston Yacht Club have started writing a blog for Huffington Post called Adventures in the Restaurant Business.
Since the new Los Feliz Ledger comes out Thursday, here's what I had to say about the Yacht Club in September's Ledger:
Allston Yacht Club may have an inscrutable name, but its straightforward menu and full bar are a welcome step closer to the restaurant the neighborhood needs. The new identity is basically a well-priced wine/tapas bar with cocktails. It’s one of very few restaurants in the neighborhood with a full bar, and with plenty of nightly food and drink specials, it offers the kind of value people are looking for right now.
Snacks, plates and side dishes are meant for sharing, and everything is between $6 and $9. The simple menu sticks to tapas-like fare that’s well-prepared, even if it doesn’t revolve around any particular culinary theme.
Grilled asparagus sprinkled with cheese, roast Brussels sprouts with or without bacon and several salads including fennel, orange and greens are welcome green choices.
Richer dishes are also well-made, including a delicious BBQ duck confit for just $7. It’s possible to assemble a substantial meal out of proteins like pork belly, cedar-planked salmon and beef skewers. Or just get some drink-friendly snacks like the crispy calamari, fries with chimichurri or frico—crispy parmesan cheese crackers. Crispy tapenade crackers are another house invention that go well with cocktails.
Allston Yacht Club might be still searching for a concept, but the food’s just fine. And it answers the perennial question, “Where can some friends get together for drinks, that also has food, and isn’t too expensive?”
Have you tried Allston Yacht Club? What did you think?