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{travel} christine and phillip in LA: downtown and bestia

July 15, 2017

Wanting to get out of the heat, we headed downtown for happy hour. We looked up a few places, and Ed said he wanted to check out a whiskey bar called Seven Grand. They have happy hour every day from 4pm – 7pm… sweet! I hope we didn’t look like alcoholics because we were waiting at the door when they opened. πŸ™‚

The decor is classy, bartenders are knowledgeable, and there are two pool tables.

$6 happy hour cocktails or $11-15 dollar whiskey cocktails! If cocktails aren’t your cup of tea, they also have an extensive menu of whiskeys to choose from.

Bottega Louie was just across the street, so after we got drinks, we headed over to pick up some macarons. Can you believe this place has 13K reviews!? Do I even know any other place on Yelp that has this many reviews…? I think not.

All of us picked up some macarons, and all of our wallets cried a little. At $2.50/macaron, it can really break your bank! Oh well, sometimes you just gotta treat yoself.

For dinner, we headed over to Bestia. This restaurant is very popular, so I had to grab reservations two months in advance!

Calamari alla Plancha ($18). Not bad, but after eating calamari from Fiola Mare in DC, it’s hard to go back to any basic calamari…

Smoked Chicken Liver Pate ($16). I don’t usually go out of my way to order liver pate, but dang, I’m so glad we got this at Bestia! It’s really flavorful, and it tastes even better with the sea salt they provide. Highly recommended! It was so good we cleaned the plate real good. πŸ™‚

Roasted Marrow Bone ($19). I don’t normally care for bone marrow either, but this mixed with the pasta beneath was bomb! Too bad the portion was so small… πŸ™

Clam pizza ($21). You know you’ve made pizza right when the crust is addicting! We were all debating whether to order another pizza or not because it was THAT delicious!

Agnolotti All Agnello ($21). Delicious oxtail inside and perfectly al dente pasta on the outside. Each bite was perfection!

Cavatelli Alla Norcina ($29). Although this dish looks more simple than the previous one, I actually preferred this one. The black truffles flavor is pretty strong, but it pairs nicely with the ricotto dumplings and pork sausages.

32oz Bone-in Dry Aged Prime Ribeye ($130). For our protein, we were deciding between the grilled whole branzino, slow roasted, lamb neck, and grilled spiced pork porterhouse… and this beautiful ribeye. So glad we decided to just get this because everyone enjoyed it! Totally worth the price tag.

Dinner at Bestia was a blast! I can definitely see why it has a 4.5 star rating with four thousand reviews. The meal was fantastic, the ambiance was great (although a little bit too loud for my taste), and the service was very attentive. They do charge a 4% “tip” for the kitchen staff that you can decline. Just make sure to tell them before you get your check!

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