This is another leftover from my LA adventure back in November. Ben’s parents are going to LA and were looking for some dinner suggestions. They’re thinking of Lucques, which is a wonderful restaurant but they’ve been there before. With so many amazing options in LA, I think it’s a shame to do a repeat. I suggested a few different places, including the AOC Wine Bar, to which I was told that they weren’t interested in a “wine focussed place”. It got me thinking, although it’s called a Wine Bar, I think the food served at AOC trumps the fantastic wine selection. Maybe, just maybe it’s a bit “loud” for my father-in-law’s liking for a group dinner, but I hope that if they have the chance, they’ll at least try to get a seat at the bar one evening for a bite.
One of the LA dinner’s that’s most difficult to arrange is the one we go to with a picky-eating banker. He and his wife are lovely people, but there are parameters placed around our dining, mainly somewhere fun where the food isn’t challenging but is good. Last year we went to Mozza and had a wonderful time, sharing delicious pizza’s. I had a hard time finding somewhere new in the LA scene that would meet this criteria. I finally gave up and decided to go for a repeat.
The AOC Wine Bar is my go-to restaurant in LA. If you’re with a good group of people and you’re sitting downstairs, you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time.
Suzanne Goin’s AOC Wine Bar has a great menu of small plates made up of boldly flavoured small plates to go with a list of 50 wines on tap. But for as much fun as the wine scene is at the AOC, it’s the food that keeps me going back.
AOC Wine Bar – 8022 W 3 Street