There aren’t 99 bottles of beer on the wall at Steingarten LA, which just opened March 1 here in Rancho Park, West LA, but it seems pretty close. The fridge here is stocked with over 30 specialty craft beers and there are another 20 rotating through the taps.
My first (I will be back) visit was a solo one so I tried to keep things light with Leifman's Fruitessa, sort of like passion fruit iced tea, but in a beer. Great choice for my lunch on the patio. Next up, I plan to try the Firestone Velvet Merlin, mainly because I like the name and am curious about an oatmeal stout. The Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball is oddly tempting too.
There is plenty to be adventurous with on this menu, which includes deer salami and rabbit, bison, elk and alligator and pork sausage. I loved my chicken apple and especially dug the curry ketchup, which manager, co-owner and proud Rancho Park Online member, Ebi Bero, quickly replenished for me. The caramelized onions are a hit too. The kitchen served up 50 pounds worth on opening day.
And if beer and sausage aren't your thing, there's an extensive cocktail menu and Ebi promises the burger is the best in town. Salads and salmon sausage are non-meat options. Ebi, who lives in the neighborhood too, tells me they are planning on hosting beer lectures, which I hope he'll post here, so we can all go and learn more. In the meantime, I am looking forward to more experimenting, and community building, with friends as we make our way through the extensive offerings.
For those of you who live here in Rancho Park, check your mailboxes because the restaurant recently sent $15.00 coupons to area residents. Already great neighbors indeed!
I took a few pictures but check out this slideshow from Grubstreet LA too.
10543 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, 90064