Week Of: 9/10/12 - 9/16/12
The Kick Ass Thing: Spiced Chipotle Chicken Flatbread
Thoughts: Anyone who has ever read U.E. before knows I'm basically obsessed with Westside Tavern [Here's 5 Questions With Former Chef and Manager Partner, Warren Schwartz]. It's just a really solid spot. Sure, over the past few years LA has seen an influx in similar styled gastropubs, but I still find myself eating more at Westside Tavern than any other sit-down restaurant. I love the Chicken Club and their rotating soup menu, they make one of the city's best Caesar salads, occasionally feature some incredible steak sandwiches as their daily special and always offer intriguing beers on tap. My recent obsession however has shifted away from the sandwiches to the flatbreads. On my most recent visit I actually was mere seconds away from ordering one flatbread when the bartender (I always try to sit at the bar as the WT staff are incredibly genial) informed me there was a new addition to the menu - Spiced Chipotle Chicken. I am glad she did - because it was rather delicious. A tasty combination of chipotle-spiced rubbed chicken, smoked mozzarella, roasted red peppers, red onion and cilantro (along with a little green onion) atop their usual thick-cracker, yet chewy crust? Yes, please, may I have another?
Awesome: On all their flatbreads Westside Tavern covers the crusts with cheese to the very edge. Obviously simply a minor choice in the kitchen, but this leads to a cheesy carmelization every couple bites that enables the WT flatbread to transcend most of the competition.
Annoying: It is both a blessing and a curse that the restaurant is located adjacent to The Landmark movie theatres. We were incredibly lucky to only have to wait ten minutes for a spot at the bar on the first Saturday night of "The Master." Prepare accordingly.