Despite a couple missteps, AOC turned out very well.
It turns out that from 3-5 pm is their “limited” menu - Brunch ends at 3, and Dinner only starts at 5 - so we were left with charcuterie, sandwiches, salads, and “lunch plates”. Thankfully the food was very still very good - charcuterie was up there, pickles were great, the burger was actually possibly the best I’ve ever had (though I haven’t explored the top options in LA yet). My albacore salad was the only disappointment, and even that was a relative thing - it was fine, just not great. Anywhere else it would probably be above average.
Alcohol program - the little we tried - was very good. The one cocktail I got my hands on would easily have stood in any of the top bar programs in the city.
Dessert ranged from good to excellent - the honey panna cotta being far and away the best option. Everything else was good too.
Bill, at ~60 a head after tip/tax, was very reasonable, especially given that we did order alcohol, multiple desserts, coffee, etc.
I do want to come back and try their dinner menu now.