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3219 Glendale Blvd.
Atwater Village, CA 90039
Journeymen +

Anne Fishbein Basque cake


  • Dinner: Sun.-Thu., 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat, 5:30-10:30 p.m.; day menu: Fri., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
In the age of gratuity-included menu prices, an attempt by restaurants to level out service wages, Journeymen is taking the concept a step further: It includes both gratuity and tax on the menu prices. It’s an honorable approach, although I take slight issue with the menu saying “gratuity-free,” which isn’t technically correct, considering gratuity is baked into the pricing. In any case, the important thing is that Journeymen is doing its part to ensure fair wages for its employees. Given the egalitarian nature of the restaurant, it doesn’t necessarily feel as if anyone’s steering the ship. The lack of focus could be applicable to the massive, very loosely Spanish-inspired menu, too. One night I ate there, it listed a couple of snacks, four toasts, 18 small plates, five entrees and three desserts. It’s hard for anyone to do 32 things well, and the inconsistency shows.

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