Wine and Dine in L.A.

Great food is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Los Angeles, California. Yet beyond the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the fervor of a giant sports fan base, and the beauty of the beach, L.A. offers some impressive and intriguing places in which to sit and eat. Whenever Andrew Rivkin takes a trip to the west coast, there are a select few restaurants that he is sure to visit.

The iconic facade of The Palm

For those who loves steak as Andrew does, there is but one restaurant whose name is synonymous with great meat: The Palm. Located in West Hollywood in a city where restaurants vie for celebrity patronage and flashy presentations sometimes precede flavor, The Palm Steakhouse remains the unpretentious favorite of locals and celebrities alike. Since its opening in 1975, The Palm has been garnering a crowd of devoted followers with its simple, stunning presentations of high quality meat, seafood, and favorite Italian classics, like Veal Scallopine and Linguini with Clam Sauce. Its lively atmosphere, generous portions, and highly attentive service make The Palm an ideal destination for a special occasion dinner, even as the relaxed bar scene invites old friends to re-connect over a great glass of wine.

It’s ideal for a business outing or any social engagement, whether you want to enjoy a lengthy and filling meal or simply just a glass of wine. It is indeed welcoming to all, with a relatively nondescript outside, a green and white façade and only a small sign donning the signature palm tree to announce its presence. Inside, the walls are dark wood paneling and lined with matching wood booths that include dark green leather seats. To the left of the entry, a large television hangs over a polished wood bar where patrons can chat amicably among one another, a favourite spot for Rivkin.

One of the favourite dishes Andrew enjoys at Cafe Sevilla

For something a bit different, check out the Spanish cuisine served by Café Sevilla in Long Beach. Andrew particularly enjoys hanging out there on nights and weekends, where a younger, high-volume crowd floods the restaurant to devour combination platters and to bathe in music from flamenco guitarists. Upstairs in the nightclub, Café Sevilla hosts weekend dinner shows and dancing. While you’re there, don’t forget to start off with a glass of sangria, made with red wine and bobbing with cubes of oranges, and both red and green apples. The fruits’ sweetness sticks the perfect balance with the wine’s acidity.

Lastly, a third option for restaurant goers seeking something completely different, fine Asian dining is available at Yamashiro Restaurant. The menu is vast, encompassing sushi, sashimi, sushi rolls, soups, salads, steaks, fish, and more – but whether you’re there for drinks at the bar, to dine in the sophisticated dining room, or in the beautiful interior courtyard, you won’t be disappointed. You might leave with your wallet noticeably lighter, but it’ll be worth every cent.

Los Angeles has much to offer visitors in terms of cuisine, a feature of the city that is often overlooked. Andrew Rivkin has been fortunate to find quite a few fantastic restaurants, all with a diverse menu and atmosphere to complement the needs and desires of any patron.

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