NOW SERVING COCKTAILS
There’s good news filling the streets of revamped La Brea Avenue now that Rascal, who originally led the charge of turning the neighborhood around when it opened back in August 2011, has a full liquor license.
Since day one, Rascal was a Mid City favorite focusing on comfort and classic American fare, also serving fine wines and adventurous beers. Now the husband and wife team of Sandy and Rebecca Clark, self-described as sandwich mavens, are serving handcrafted cocktails to go with Chef Andy Lee’s impressive menu.
During our recent visit for drinks and bites, I started with the Negroni, which is a variation of the classic recipe as there’s no Campari, instead it features City of London Gin, Dolin Vermouth Rouge, and Aperitivo Cappelletti. Recently I’ve become a huge Negroni fan, and part of my fascination with the Italian cocktail is the use Campari, so I actually found this version a little too sweet.
The Manhattan, which seemed to disappear from the current drink menu, was made with Four Roses Bourbon, Dolin Vermouth Rouge and Angostura bitters. It was sweet and light. Likewise, the Old Fashioned, made with Four Roses Bourbon, brown sugar, Angostura bitters, and a splash of soda, is a nice, yet sweet, variation of the classic cocktail.
If you’re looking for good bar bites, you can’t go wrong with the Spicy Sausage or Brussel Sprouts, if you want heartier fare, the Gyro Sandwich or Fried Chicken Sandwich are solid winners. And if you see the Soft Shell Crab Sandwich on the menu, even as a special, make sure to get it.
If you’re looking for a light and refreshing cocktail, the Square Coconut, with Square One Cucumber Vodka, coconut water, agave nectar and fresh mint, is perfect for day drinking.
A favorite of mine among the new drinks is the Moscow Mule, made with Guven (Polish) Vodka, lime juice and ginger beer—it’s as refreshing as it gets. A little stiff yet highly enjoyable is the Summer Gimlet, a fine mix of City of London Gin, lime juice, simple syrup and Reagan’s orange bitters.
While you can always count on a getting a good glass of wine or beer at Rascal, it’s so great to be able to score a solid and tasty cocktail now. Things are just looking up!
Rascal is located at 801 S La Brea Ave. Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm to 11pm; Sunday 5pm to 10pm. Call 323-933-3229.
Story by: Jose Martinez