Ale and Hearty
L.A.'s sophisticated new beer halls
Unlike San Diego and San Francisco, Los Angeles hasn't capitalized on its residents' love of pairing craft beer with ambitious food. But recently the gastropub craze has hit our fair city hard, thanks to these three new (and diverse) spots.
Golden Road Brewing hosted 1,000 people at its Atwater Village opening. Started by professional brewers, the company's warehouse-patio setting is informal, but the vibe is quality-obsessed. It serves 20 draught beers (4 made on premises) and a counter-service menu with pork meatballs ($7), twice-baked potatoes ($6) and vegan kale rolls with white-bean ragout ($5). It also has a craft-brewing bookstore on-site.
Franklin & Company Local Tavern is a Franklin Village sidewalk café with European flair, from its wall of customer tankards to bar snacks like Scotch eggs ($9). Twelve beers on tap are accompanied by yummy, substantial dishes such as duck-fat fries with black-cherry ketchup ($7) and jerk-chicken kabobs ($9).
Haven Gastropub in Old Town Pasadena has a clubby feel: A large central bar sits next to a glassed-in brewing room where David Larsen will create house-made beer to supplement the 40 California suds now on tap. Menu standouts include jumbo prawns wrapped in bacon ($18) and the lamb burger with onion jam and tzatziki ($16).
Golden Road Brewing, 5410 San Fernando Rd.; 213-373-4677 or goldenroad.la
Franklin & Company Local Tavern, 5923 Franklin Ave.; 323-463-1552 or franklinandcotavern.com
Haven Pasadena, 42 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena; 626-768-9555 or havengastropub.com