Looking for a way to kill some time before you hit the CF that is the 405? BLVD 16 at Hotel Palomar on the Wilshire Corridor in Westwood has a surprisingly budget-friendly “rush hour” happy hour for a swank-looking setting. The small plates range in price from $3 to $5 and you can even get a half-glass (2.5-ounce) wine pairing with it from $4-$6 during this brand-new happy hour, 4 to 7pm. Very noice compared to most happy hours with half-off $15 starters or $1 off well drinks.
Here, the good quality small plates created by Executive Chef Simon Dolinky offer a mix of Southern comfort food, pan-Asian fare and general American cuisine, all farmer’s market fresh.
I gorged myself on the unusual crunchy grit fries ($5), a Jazz Fest picnic classic in the South, which were more similar to hash brown bricks than fries but I wasn’t complaining. These were made with white corn grits, so hearty and especially tasty with the spicy creole mustard sauce.
But if you’re famished, pair them with the Carolina-style BBQ Pork “sliders.” They’re just $5 for two regular hamburger-size sliders. $5! A nice deal considering the lounge menu’s Tasty Burger of tomato preserves, jack cheese and crispy onions is $14.
Speaking of the lounge menu, there’s a mac and chevre ($10) that sounds awesome, with goat cheese and rosemary. Unfortunately that’s not part of the happy hour. Boo. But I have to try it soon.
The regular specialty cocktails aren’t discounted either and range in price from the $10 Sunset with Cruzan pineapple rum to the $14 Lady in Red with Ketel One Citroen, but there are a couple of “Kimpton Summer Fun Cocktails” that you can enjoy for just $8.
- Temptation: Grey Goose Poire, apple juice and ginger beer
- Honey Kiss: Leblon Cachaca, strawberries and fresh lime
BTW, if you’re not inclined to sit on your butt during the happy hour, a Wii game console and TV will keep you entertained in the lounge from 5 to 6pm. Mmm, Wii bowling and cocktails.
The only thing not so great about hh here is that there’s very limited street parking around the hotel what with all the permit-only side streets in Westwood. But you can get your valet parking validated and pay $5.
Oh, and if you’re in town for 4th of July Weekend, BLVD 16 is offering a “Red, White & Blue” three-course prix-fixe menu for $35 as well as a special 4×4 menu in the lounge where you can get appetizers for $4 each with the purchase of a cocktail.
BLVD 16 at Hotel Palomar
10740 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90024 (map)
Happy hour: 4-7pm