Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Rate-A-Restaurant #306: Westside Tavern
Restaurant: Westside Tavern
Location: 10850 West Pico Boulevard (Rancho Park)
Type of restaurant: American Pub
We stipulated: We're not on the Westside all that often, but we happened to be there one evening. Maria has met friends for drinks and flatbread at Westside Tavern in the past, and wanted me to try it as well.
They stipulated: Located at the Westside Pavilion next to the Landmark Theatres, the Westside Tavern attracts a lot of dinner-and-a-movie crowds. Also, no dinner reservations accepted -- and the wait for a table can be long over the weekend.
What we ordered: Ahi tuna poke ($14); chipotle chicken flatbread ($14); roasted mushroom and tomato flatbread ($14); burger ($14); side of mac & cheese ($7)
High point: The ahi tuna appetizer was great, and we were given plenty of chips to enjoy it.
Low point: The wait for a table, even on a weeknight, was tough -- especially with kids.
Overall impression: The flatbread isn't the best I've ever had, but it's still fantastic and worth the visit. Overall, I like the menu (and the fact that it's constantly rotating), the casual vibe and what looks to be a great drink menu. A better alternative to similarly-priced chains.
Will we return: It's too far away for us to be regulars, and I prefer the even more loose brewpubs that have opened up on our side of town. But I'd definitely want to check out the Westside Tavern again.