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A certain breed of well-groomed Angelenos like to look at East Coast media people looking at Angelenos, which is why they flock to the Ivy, a pretty, sun-bleached patio restaurant that looks the way Los Angeles is supposed to if your experience of the town comes from the movies. The food - crab cakes, corn chowder, New Orleans-style barbecued shrimp - is acceptable though expensive, down-home food at uptown prices. But the Ivy may thrive because it caters to the sort of whims legion in this part of town. If South Beach and Atkins were national cuisines, the Ivy would be an ethnic restaurant.
I love this place not just because of the atmosphere. Everybody knows how great the atmosphere is at the Ivy. I love the sauce they put on their carne asada. It’s not on the menu. It’s skirt steak -- fajita meat. They cook it perfectly, and the sauce they put on it is the greatest I’ve ever had in any restaurant. Also off the menu is fried chicken. It’s outstanding as well. Their salads are great.
lobster ravioli............ mmmmmmmm... oh and they carry my fav. rose wine!!! cant spell it but its like domaine de ott. or some french wine. hahahahha crab cakes are good. but they are best at beverly hotel.. and if the valet says 50.00 ... no its not., its actually like 7.oo i think.. service is great. ask for server RAY. nice patio seating , good for people watcvhing... or paparazzi scoping the place out.. hhaha. move to l.a. already!!!!!! ;)
For some, it's all about seeing and being seen on the patio (the best place to sit) - the paparazzi know it so well that they stake the place out to catch the celebs coming and going. But the reason this restaurant became popular to begin with is the food: massive servings of delicious Ivy favorites such as grilled calamari, awesome onion rings, corn chowder, fried chicken, fish and chips, grilled veggie salads with chicken or shrimp, linguine with lobster (always on the list of specials), spaghetti & meatballs. Start with an Ivy gimlet (with Belvedere) and end with the berry cobbler or ice cream sundae. If you are looking for the same menu in a scene that's more sedate, head west to Ivy at the Shore.
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