Friday, April 27, 2007

Rate-A-Restaurant, #127 in a series

Restaurant: Village Idiot

Location: 7383 Melrose Ave. (Melrose)

Type of restaurant: High-end pub

(Pic by Eater L.A..)

We stipulated: Looking for a good Friday spot for a casual business lunch.

What they stipulated: The fish is fresh -- so not everything on the menu may be available every day.

What we ordered: Thankfully, the cornmeal-crusted catfish ($14) was -- although, strangely, the waiter warned me it might not be available... and then left me hanging, wondering if it would show up at our table. The catfish comes with black-eyed peas cooked with andouille and mustard greens.

(Yelp pic by Joan S.)

High point: The catfish was definitely strong. And the setting itself was inviting. Melrose is always starving for decent restaurants, and the Village Idiot finally provides a nice alternative.

Low point: We were all quite distracted by the man sitting at the bar... who should have heeded the warning that "crack is whack." (We came close to even asking the waiter to tell the guy to please, pull up your pants -- it was that distracting.) Service was overall spotty.

Overall impression: As far as pub food goes, this is gourmet. And the large, airy room is definitely more upscale that any average pub. It was a good way to spend a Friday lunch.

Chance we will go back:: Honestly, it was good... yet I'm not anxious to return. Still, it might be a good place to recommend for future lunches in the area.

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