Because every Angeleno loves to eat, even if he has to valet, we bring you Table Stakes: a series that answers man’s eternally recurring question (“Uh, what’s new?”), and recurs once every lunar cycle or so. Bon appétit.
The ideal first date spot can be described as follows:
Good drinks, dinner optional.
Vibes off? One drink, “check please,” cordial sayonara.
Vibes on? Parlay that drink into dinner.
Consider Hatchet Hall your new go-to for such encounters.
Meet your date on the bar on the side, and — if things go well — transition to a table in the main room. If it’s a no-go, wish her well, hit the main bar, and keep your lids peeled: many a pretty bird were in attendance when we visited.
It’s one fifth of this month’s Table Stakes, the five restaurants you need on your radar this month.
Also in there:
Southern-style pulled pork tacos
A pan-Asian spot doing brick-cooked chicken with grilled peaches
And a smartly appointed sushi joint worth hopping the hill for