The Distinguished Gourmand: Here’s Looking At You
When last we checked in with Dinner Club (aka Dinner Club For Day People, aka #DTE) we were enjoying a meal at Manuela downtown. All of us have been busy to start 2017. After a failed attempt to get everyone together last month, Kelie took a stand and made a reservation at Here’s Looking At You. I admire the bold strategy. Wanna partake? Fine. Can’t make it? Oh well. So last night our party of five (I’m Bailey! No, wait. I’m Claudia!) was without Maryn and David, but no worries, I think we ate and drank enough for seven people…
Here’s Looking At You debuted in July and serves “Progressive SoCal Food” in Koreatown. Chef Jonathan Whitener has worked locally at Craft, Patina, Mezze, and Animal, as well as abroad in France. The menu seems inspired by both his time in France and the sundry different tastes one can find in Los Angeles.
All of us were late, for the first time in the history of Dinner Club. I blame Mark, who told me I should wait five extra minutes before requesting a Lyft. I like to think that the accident on the 101 and the accident on Western were both a result of my spending five extra minutes sitting around the house doing nothing. I also blame Mark for forgetting my camera, which was sitting next to me on the couch as I counted off the minutes until it was acceptable for me to leave. When I arrived Mark and Amanda were already present and waiting to be seated. They were also studying the drink menu. The three of us placed our cocktail orders, and a couple minutes later Nate and Kelie arrived. We were seated, the latest of the latecomers placed their first drink orders of the night, and we were on our way.
Had I read the menu closely enough to see they offered tea and coffee, I might have opted for a cup. Instead, we paid our bill and three of us (Nate, Amanda and myself) decided to keep the party going at a local bar or two. It turned into a very late night and far too much alcohol was consumed. Not that I’m complaining. That’s just part of Dinner Club. Go out, celebrate, eat well, see where things go. Next up, Amanda’s pick!
Mogwai – Fat Man [MP3]
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