Here’s a place that belongs on your grid. It’s called Rosewood Tavern, a thriving modernized steak and chophouse restaurant/saloon located in the youth-driven, burgeoning Fairfax Avenue district of Los Angeles. It’s fun, the food’s amazing and the prices affordable.
The ambiance is youthful vibes but the crowd last night did have a sprinkling of middle-agers. It’s big on craft beers (28 varieties), scotch and Irish Whiskeys. The open room of dark wood furnishings under an exposed barrel-vaulted rafter ceiling recalls neighborhood New York.
Richard and I made our first appearance on Wednesday and we’ll be back. We loved everything about the place especially the owner George Abou-Daoud, a diehard New York City whose Bowery Street Enterprises operates nine other restaurants in the Los Angeles area, all within 3 ½ miles apart because George says, “I don’t like driving too far.”
Rosewood Tavern is the type of place where you can just go to drink at the inviting bar, which pours a mean martini according to Richard who rated his a 10, or you do both and dine. We sat in a hard wood booth where George joined us for awhile talking about his love of food and operating fine restaurants.
We started with a Tuscan kale Caesar salad with olives, Pecorino cheese, and bread crisps that was simply delicious and a Brussel sprouts and lardon dish. Then George insisted on sending over the sliders, which would have did the Diva except she had the will power to stop at one, this was followed by a blackened white fish for me and an unusual and tasty slow roasted tri-tip dip steak sandwich with horseradish and sweet potato fries. We ended with a seriously delicious vanilla and fig panna cotta. The Diva did her Chardonnay while Richard opted to wash his meal down with a craft beer or two.
George Abou-Daoud is an entrepreneur/restaurateur based in New York and Los Angeles who has become a household name on LA dining’s scene with the success of his nine local eateries. George says he was iinfluenced by the slow food cooking movement in his adolescence, traveling the globe and experiencing new culinary adventures throughout New York City. These experiences became stepping stones to his life as a hospitality entrepreneur. He envisioned not just a bar, but a space that was altogether stylish, relaxing and casual with an enviously stocked liquor bar and an equally impressive menu.
In 2005, he opened The Bowery along Sunset Boulevard, the first to enter LA’s now extensive gastropub scene. The Bowery attracted lots of transplanted New Yorkers who felt at home in its confines. Next George opened Delancey Bar & Pizzeria in early 2008 followed by Mission Cantina, Tamarind Ave. Deli, Rosewood Tavern, Township Saloon, The Mercantile, Twins Sliders and Urban Garden – each one distinctly unique and inspired by the types of restaurants Abou-Daoud and his friends like to frequent. His vision stems from his own passion for creating places with all the right ingredients: good food, drink, and an atmosphere where people can head out for the night.
Richard and the Diva intend to sample each of the Bowery restaurants and of course report back, so subscribe to the column or keep coming back for more by George.