Theoretically, it’s fall, which in LA you’re aware of because, um, there’s some wind? And everyone keeps saying it’s fall? Actually feel like the seasons are changing this fall by getting in on our “Fall Eating Challenge”, wherein we give you one LA must-eat for the next 14 weekends, and you eat all of them. Probably outside, ’cause you can.
Froma is a small gourmet wine and food shop on Melrose Avenue in the Fairfax district. Canadian born sommelier and owner Francine Diamond offers excellent wine options and an even better small bites menu that showcases low-cost gourmet happy hour dishes: Parmesan and herb-dusted fries, two-ounce Kobe beef burger sliders with mixed greens, and the La Burrata: burratacheese, pesto, tapenade, and toast. Diners can purchase bottles of wine and the makings for dinner from Froma’s well-stocked shelves. Find imported Italian foods: a bag of Umbrian pasta, a can of sweet Pomodorini sauce, and a wedge of Montasio (a fresh, mountain cow’s milk cheese).
The latest watering hole from the ACME Group, those behind neighborhood favorites Spring St, Sixth Street Tavern, King Eddy Saloon and the Library Bar, debuted this week in the heart of the Historic District. Because it’s really only a few doors away from Spring St, Beelman’s Pub takes a more British stance on the block, offering more serious gastropub fare, an interesting spirits selection (aquavit, amari, rum, gin), Belgian-style beers, and specialty cocktails created by the Proprietor LLC guys (Honeycut, NYC’s Death + Company). That means you can sip two kinds of gin and tonics (one English, one Spanish), and things like Hot Pants, a vodka, Aperol and strawberry-pinepple soda concoction served on draft.
Finally, here is Beelman’s Pub, the newest offering from the prolific and expansive ACME Hospitality Group, which also created Sixth Street Tavern, Library Bar, and Spring Street Bar (as well as the awesome re-tool of King Eddy’s Saloon).
Debuting June 9, this rendition of a streetside European-style bar might be their best production: a relaxed and contemporary nod to the architectural work of Claude Beelman, the late architect who designed such iconic buildings as the Eastern Columbia building on Broadway in Downtown. As for the drinks, they’re in one sense straightforward and unfussy, like one would find on a street in Paris: beers like Czech pilsners and Italian lagers on tap to a slew of reasonably priced wines by the glass.
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