5 Great Places in L.A. for Dinner and a Show
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Categories: L.A. Restaurants
Some these current venues have great live music, but unimpressive dishes or limited menus, while others have the perfect combination of both. Leaving aside the countless mariachi restaurants around town - which could form a list unto themselves - here's a rundown of the top five places to dine amid diversion.
5. Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal Bar
The Federal's classic American menu includes some twists on the usual staples such as the crispy chicken croissant sliders and a falafel vegan burger. But not every dish transfers to the Upstairs menu because of the limited time window for dinner-theater guests. It's the same kitchen and same chefs on both levels, just more streamlined food up top. Still, the entertainment Upstairs is decidedly classic. It ranges from burlesque dancers to a stage show that's become known as the city's musical theater version of American Idol
. 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 980-2555.
4. M Bar
This venue's line up is as varied as its menu is basic. Owner Joe Reynolds describes the offerings as "safe" Italian-style cuisine, with pizza and pastas such as cappellini checca the most popular dishes. Entertainment runs from spoken word poets to comedians such as Margaret Cho. "It's so diverse, you have to find the show you want to see," says Reynolds.1253 N. Vine St., Los Angeles; (323) 856-0036.
Dinner and a show used to be the norm of Los Angeles nightlife - epitomized by the old Ambassador Hotel's Coconut Grove - and there remains a smattering of establishments that combine the city's passions for food and live entertainment.