Now that my office is in Downtown LA, I’m always on the hunt for different places to eat that don’t cost an arm and a leg for parking. LOC will probably end up replacing Wurstküche as my go to spot after work for the simple reason that it has a good beer and wine selection and most importantly, good food. Wurstküche has a GREAT beer selection, but at some point you need to have something more than a duck and bacon sausage and Belgian fries.


The view from my future seat at LOC

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Bottega Louie – The Look

November 3, 2009

Bottega Louie, on the corner 7th and Grand, in the old, and currently under bankruptcy protection, Brockman Building, elicits a lot of reactions.

“I love the design.”

“I hate the design.”

“It’s too bare.”

“It’s beautiful.”

“All the hosts/hostesses/managers are good looking!”

“It’s loud!”

“What? I can’t hear you!?”

Bottega Louie is loud. Bottega Louie stands out. Bottega Louie screams to be noticed. And why shouldn’t it?

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I can’t decide what direction I want this blog to go in. I have friends like Boundforbliss, whose blog is primarily focused on her recent engagement and her wedding plans. There are niche blogs like Eating Valley Blvd., which as the title aptly states, is Sinosoul’s eating adventures on, you guessed it, Valley Blvd in San Gabriel Valley. Blogs such as Caroline on Crack and E*star LA covers all things LA. Then there is the verse and prose of The Delicious Life and Infinite Fress,  both offering diction that is captive and insightful.

Then there is my blog. I don’t have a clue what I want to do with this blog. There are so many directions that it can go (as evidenced above) that I can’t really find my focus. And that really shouldn’t be a problem because this blog will eventually find its own voice, especially since it is my blabber, or my thoughts, or…well, you get the point. Too bad that process doesn’t cut it for me. I’m not good at letting things ride and seeing what develops. Where my friends see spontaneity, I don’t. I rarely do or say something without knowing where I want to end up.  As one of the finest lyricists of my generation, Nas, articulates in his track Can’t Forget About You, my blog’s mantra will be his “Never on schedule, but always on time.” On time to where though, I’ll just have to be patient and see.

My posts will continue to evolve at their own pace. Whether or not there will be more writing is to be seen. Truth be told, I just like pictures. There are enough reviews and words on the internet that I don’t need to interject more noise into all that static. And really, what is my opinion worth to you? But pictures, who doesn’t love pictures?

With that brain dump out of the way, here is my afternoon at Wurstküche. This place is like my Cheers. When it’s not packed to the gills with hipsters and families letting their palates explore rattlesnake, rabbit, and alligator sausages, it is the perfect bar for me to relax at, grab a meal, have a few beers, and enjoy a good conversation.

Having already worked my way through their beer list multiple times, I usually just pick whatever is new and on tap when I’m here. This afternoon, a Duvel Green: lighter than the rest, fermented once, an easy way to start the afternoon.

My current favorite: duck & bacon sausage topped with onions and sweet peppers with a side of belgian fries. It’s duck, it’s bacon, need I say more?

Wurstküche’s seasonal beer. I don’t think it is a actually a St. Bernardus Watou, but whatever…had a nuttier flavor and well with the sausage.

Hollywood types and doctors, the usual LA crowd for a 3p on a Thursday.

I tried the ice cream sandwich after watching a guy pick up two from the counter for dessert. The apple cinnamon ice cream was refreshing and it was in Diddy Reese portions, but unfortunately, not Diddy Reese prices.

Where everybody (or at least the bartender) knows your name.

Wurstküche – Purveyor of Exotic Grilled Sausages

800 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013