We’ve tried cocktails on tap, and sipped G & T’s from a wineglass. But boozy push pops prepared tableside? That’s a new thrill--and the specialty of the house at West Hollywood’s rollicking The Church Key.
To order, call over one of the servers--they roam around in retro flight attendant outfits pushing Pan Am Airlines carts--and ask for an “Odder Pop” ($10). The premixed cocktail, which comes in a plastic wrapper, is dipped into liquid nitrogen and flash-frozen right before your eyes. (Relax: Cheesy cocktails like Sex on the Beach are less embarrassing served in such a self-consciously kitsch way.)
If you’re looking for something ever so slightly more sophisticated, get a canned Bloody Mary ($12) from the cart. It comes sealed in an old-fashioned tin can which your server opens with a pointy bottle opener (aka church key) that you get to keep as a souvenir.
Oh yeah, try some small plates, too. Our favorites from the American dim sum menu: baby back ribs with cilantro-sesame marinade ($6) and a special take on “Cheetos” made from cheese-dusted pig ears ($6).
The Church Key, 8730 W. Sunset Blvd.; 424-249-3700 or thechurchkeyla.com