Thursday, May 10, 2012
Rate-A-Restaurant, #273: Mohawk Bend
Restaurant: Mohawk Bend
Location: 2141 Sunset Blvd. (Echo Park)
Type of restaurant: Gastropub
We stipulated: I was home for lunch, and wanted to use up one of my expiring Blackboard Eats discounts. I've been interested to try Mohawk Bend for a while, and even though we had the Blogger Toddler 2.0 with us, we figured it wouldn't be a problem at lunch time (and it wasn't -- there's even a kids pizza on the menu).
They stipulated: "Mohawk Bend is a restaurant and bar in Echo Park dedicated to bringing you fresh, locally-sourced fare and drink. Our kitchen uses only California ingredients to create brick oven pizzas, seasonal salads, elevated pub food, and delicious desserts that appeal to vegans, vegetarians, and meat-lovers alike. From our 72 taps of craft beer, 6 stainless steel wine taps, and artisanal spirits, our drink menu is a tribute to local, small-scale breweries, wineries, and distilleries."
What we ordered: JJ Kale -- wilted salad of kale seared w garlic & chili, topped w julienned jicama ($8); Avo & Chips -- ipa-battered avocado, fries, horseradish slaw, smoked paprika aioli ($12); Pizza: the Abe Froman -- house-made Italian sausage, peppers, fennel, mozzarella ($12)
High point: The Avo & Chips came with a really nice slaw featuring spicy mustard seed. Also, a great California beer selection and a nice mix of vegan and meat food.
Low point: The pizza was nothing too special, but fine.
Overall impression: Built inside an old movie theater, we loved the expansive space and the back indoor patio. It's a nice menu -- rare to see such a balance of vegetarian and non-veggie dishes. Mohawk Bend is also behind the Golden Road near us -- it's nice to suddenly have so many gastropubs so close by. And for an added touch, Mohawk Bend's "Mildred Pierce" mix drink donates a dollar to plant a tree, and the "Fire Station" beverage sends a dollar to the Firemen's Fund. (Of course, both drinks are pricey already.)
Chance we'll go back: It's a great way to spend an afternoon in Echo Park -- stroll around the shops after, and just don't Feed The Hipsters. We'll be back.