A Public House Affair

Flooded with glass lighting and penny tile floors, Cole’s public house, awakens the spirit of classic 1900s Los Angeles. This timeless bar and restaurant is situated in what once was home to the Pacific Electric company, headquarters to the Pacific Electric railway network. Since 1908, Cole’s has been an L.A. favorite– serving as a prime lunch spot for the 100,000 people who rode the railway daily at the start of the downtown hype.

Proclaimed as the “originator of the french dip,” it is easy to see why the public house has done so well since its beginnings. This famed menu item is served with pork, prime beef turkey or lamb meat, accompanied with a cup of their Au Jus and Atomic Pickle Spear. With prices ranging between six to seven dollars, be sure to include a side of their head-scratching Spicy Garlic Fries ($3.19).

If a drink is what you want, Cole’s also houses its speakeasy bar– The Varnish. Marking its entrance with a oak-panelled wooden door, this speakeasy offers rustic cocktails in a early 1900s setting. In good manner, servers will respond to you in classic 1900s lingo.

Travel back in time and visit Cole’s on the corner of Six and Main or at www.213nightlife.com/colesfrenchdip


Wurstkuche | Downtown

Enjoy Oktoberfest year-round at this Art District eatery! Wurstkuche, “purveyor of exotic grilled sausages,” is a Downtown L.A. hotspot for businessmen and artists alike. With a menu featuring anything from the classic bratswurst to the rattlesnake and rabbit sausage, there is a link for every tastebud.

Wurstkuche’s eclectic menu allows visitors to choose from its three categories of sausages, including the classics ($5.75), gourmet ($6.50), and the exotics ($7.50). Then choose from a list of toppings– caramelized onions, sauerkraut, sweet peppers or spicy peppers– and finish your order off with a batch of their double dipped Belgium fries ($3.50)! Don’t forget your dipping side of bleu cheese walnut and baccon, buttermilk ranch, Thai peanut, sundried tomato mayo, or pesto mayo– to list a few.

With its brick fascade and its beer garden atmosphere, Wurstkuche brings German traditions to Los Angeles for all to enjoy. So choose from one of their twenty-five beers on tap, grab your meal and join the Squirrel at the table! Wursthuche is located in Downtown L.A. and its newly opened establishment in Venice Beach. For more information and menu items, visit the german grillmaster at www.wurstkuche.com

Four Generation Headwear

Blending the old with the new, the Goorin Bros. company is a Pitsburg native hat shop that is reintroducing the rich tradition of hat making craftmanship to the Los Angeles area. With its new location set in Old Town, Pasadena– a perfect setting for their 1920s inspired collection– the store is sure to find the perfect audience in this historic city.

Cassel Goorin founded the hat making business in 1895, selling his merchandise off of a small horse-drawn cart on the streets of Pennsylvania. It was not until 1949 when his sons, hence the Goorin Bros., moved the business to San Francisco and skyrocketed the “bold hatmaking” company into what it is today. Lucky for us, Cassel’s great grandson continues the tradition.

Inspired by San Francisco’s artistic community, Goorin Bros. offers an eclectic selection of shapes and styles made from quality craftmanship. Top sellers include the straight 6-panel duckbill flatcap as well as the classic straw threaded fedora. There truly is a crown for every king here with styles ranging from gatsbies, cadets, panamas, earflaps, knits and even troopers.

Decide which hat is right for you at their Old Town, Pasadena location or visit them at their other L.A. stores in Larchmont and Melrose. You can also check out the brothers’ website at www.goorin.com

Home Invasion


Feeling homesick? This Los Feliz local favorite offers hearty cooking with fresh organic ingredients in a cozy home setting. Alcove Cafe and Bakery opened at the historical location on June 2004 and continues to be a neighborhood staple for its good food and unique environment.

Alcove is housed in two of the oldest houses in Los Feliz; the oldest dating back to 1897. Although belonging to a number of different residents and businesses throughout its history– including specialty offices, a private school and a real estate firm– the building has found its perfect occupant in the Alcove.

The interior mimics the home’s original blueprint– being renovated with a number of arches, door frames and moldings used to match the historic craftmanship of the building. You will also be sure to find a vast selection of home furniture to choose from for your dinning experience. A house secret is the hidden drawer in one of the armour tables (situated in the back) which contains a pile of notes written by past guests.

Aside from its historical importance, Alcove’s kitchen will also go down in the books as part of L.A.’s history. Their commitment to “sourcing locally grown and organic product/produce whenever possible,” puts them in the foreground of quality Los Angeles dinning.

For breakfast enjoy their Crab Cake Benedict ($13.95), served with Maryland style crab cakes made from sweet blue crab meat, fresh spinach, two poached eggs with hollandaise sauce and fresh chives. Just as promising is the Alcove’s lunch and dinner menu! A favorite is their Slider x3 dish ($12.95) which features three pattys– one kobe beef burger, a texan style burger and a lamb burger. Each slider is paired with their own distinct sauce, including a wasabi aiolli, smoked chipotle ketchup and an olive tapenade and feta.

Alcove is welcomed at our home anytime! Be sure to visit them in Los Feliz or at their website at www.alcovecafe.com

L.A.’s Golden Bird


Set atop a 1920s artdeco hotel in the heart of downtown Los Angeles., Perch remains the golden bird of rooftop bars among the city skyline. This elevated resting stop for L.A. bar-goers was once home to silver screen, cinematic legend– Charley Chaplin. With its rich Golden Age architecture still very present in its decor, Perch transcends visitors back to a time when classic glamour reigned throughout the streets of Los Angeles.

French inspired, expect to find yourself ordering from a very classic but innovative French menu and cocktail list. Be sure to peck at their hors-d’ oeuvrs, which feature fine cuisine items, including Roasted Bone Marrow ($16) served with melba toast, braised plums, elephant garlic, fluer de sel and wild rocket; and their Shake and Bake Drumsticks ($10) which are buttermil marinated frog legs with lily root and garlic chips served with a Calvados honey glaze.

Wash their formage plater down with a classic Perch cocktail– on the list are Le Libertine ($11), their version of a French Manhattan made with Markers Mark and blackberry creme de mure; the Marie Antoinette ($12), a combination of Cognac, Luzardo cherry liqueur with muddled black cherries and jalapenos; and a personal Squirrel favorite…the French Maid ($10), featuring Cognac, lemon juice, simple syrup with muddled cucumber and mint.

With its 360 degree view of the city and a bird’s eye view of Pershing Square, you will be sure to catch a beautiful sunset with your adored company. Aperitif Hour is 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily and features wines ($6), cocktails ($7), beers ($5) and a limited hor’d oeuvres list with prices ranging between four to nine dollars.  

Venture out to Perch at its Hill Street location or at www.perchla.com