The historic building on the corner of Los Feliz and Hillhurst that started as Willard's Chicken Shack then became famous as the Brown Derby had hit a rough patch over the last few years. When I first moved to the area, we had an over-priced steakhouse dinner at Michael's, as it was known after the Derby closed. As Louise's Trattoria wore out its middling Italian welcome and the Derby club morphed into a Chase bank, there were even plans afoot to raze the entire place and turn it into some kind of Whole Foods-containing megalith.
|corn fritters with pumpkin and poblano romesco|
We were invited to preview Los Feliz's latest entry in the restaurant wars, one that strikes a balance between a grown-up place to take your dad for a steak with a groovy patio for sipping cocktails before or after the Greek Theater.
The patio retains the original streamline moderne roof line, adding fire tables and an outdoor bar.
Inside, the dome of the Derby can just be glimpsed on the ceiling. Chase Bank gets the rest of the dome in its lobby.
|The Hallucinogenic Whimies of Banana Man cocktail|
Desserts include a deconstructed banana pie with banana pudding in a Mason jar and cookies on top, as well as cobbler and s'mores.
The menu is straightforward with steaks, a burger, pork chop and salmon and appetizers including fried calamari and corn fritters. Brunch and lunch will be coming down the line, with a coffee and juice bar on the comfy patio.