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We're making tracks to Los Angeles's newest eatery to enjoy two of our favorite things--one a new craze, the other a classic.

First, the new craze: wurst. Ever since Wurstküche opened a couple of years ago, Angelenos have been clamoring for authentic (and innovative) German sausages served up with other traditional fare like pretzels and all washed down with imported beer. It's the kind of fare served in Bavaria, in casual outdoor restaurants known as biergartens.

Second, the classic: great views. Most local spots with wowing views are in the hills, such as classic Japanese restaurant Yamashiro. But now at the Standard Downtown, a corner of the sunny rooftop has been cordoned off by hedges, set with communal tables and turned into an artificial-turf-carpeted biergarten. Guests buy a series of $8 tickets, which can be redeemed for plates of two sausages, two salads, a big pretzel, a German beer or a glass of German wine or soda.

The menu was developed by Austrian-born chef Kurt Gutenbrunner of New York City's Wallsé and Café Sabarsky and consists of Bavarian weisswurst, made with white veal and pork, and currywurst, a spicy pork bratwurst. Side salads include sauerkraut, dill-spiked cucumber salad with potato and a sweet red-cabbage salad with carrots.

Who knew gardening could give us such a buzz?

Standard Biergarten, 550 South Flower St.; 213-892-8080 or

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