Los Angeles, CA 90017
LA Weekly's Description
Former Mayor Richard Riordan may be famous for his custodianship of the Original Pantry, the gritty 24-hour chophouse that has been feeding Los Angeles since the Depression, but you are more likely to run into His Honor at a place like Valentino or Michael’s, where the wine lists are longer than paperback thrillers and the amuse-gueules more likely to involve caviar and creme fraiche than hunks of sourdough and plops of coleslaw. Riordan’s Tavern would seem to be an attempt to split the difference between the two styles of restaurant — it’s a sports bar, and a genuinely old dining room tricked out to look like the old-timey backroom at Applebee’s, a place to sluice down crab cakes and flabby shrimp cocktails with Tanqueray martinis. Are the steaks worth the 300 percent premium over the similar steaks next door at the Pantry? It depends on how much you want to watch the Dodgers on a big flat-screen TV.
Tips from foursquare
Great place to go with the guys.
Service at the bar was bad. It seemed like we were being ignored on purpose. Apparently the foods good, but we didnt bother to try it.
It is where I discovered the "Blacksmith". Half Smithwicks / Half Guinness...probably my all time favorite drink!
While you're here, buy me a drink wontcha?
This place use to be the pantry back in the day