Dinner Plan

Let’s go over the hill and kinda far away

By The Editors

These new spots are worth a trip out to the Valley
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21 October 2015

From the driving, to the parking, to the not knowing where to drive or park, dinner in L.A. is harder than it should be. That’s why we created Dinner Plan — your itinerary to a damn good time.

Those of us who don’t live in the Valley seldom — if ever — cross Mulholland in pursuit of a good time.

But that’s a bad call. There are places that warrant your tastebuds’ attention. Cured meats. Clandestine cocktails. Sous vide BBQ. We suggest getting a Lyft — heavy pours await and Uber could be on the fritz.

FIRST STOP

The Fiscal Agent is a new speakeasy above Barrel & Ashes on Ventura Blvd, the latter being a relatively new BBQ joint comes from Bill Chiat (of Sprout LA). He owns The Fiscal Agent too, along with mixologist Julian Cox. Named for a popular 19th Century tipple, The Fiscal Agent serves 10 drinks, and the ‘tenders come to your table like waiters to discuss the menu with you. Be sure to ask for the Secret Menu, another 10 cocktails that harken back to a simpler time.

On the menu, steak tartare with red frill mustard and crispy octopus. Those will go down nicely with a glass of That’s the Jam, a bourbon drink with fig jam and lemon verbena.

MORE DRINKS? YES, MORE DRINKS.

Black Market Liquor Bar is fairly close by and home to mix masters Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix. The curved ceiling makes the music thump real good-like. Order a Fade To Black, a 103-proof bourbon drink laced with clementine cane syrup and walnut bitters. Adios anciano.

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