Everson Royce Bar had a blip for a happy hour a while back, but people seem to have forgotten about it. I was strangely starving the other night after a night of drinking at Bestia and then also ERB, and I sort of decided to order up a bunch of stuff.
They make a really intense michelada here. A little tomato heavy for my tastes, but they make it genuinely hot with a great spice mixture.
I think this was called a Mezcal Express and it was excellent in terms of balance and smoothness. Just really well constructed.
The burger came out first and was one of my favorite burgers that I have ever eaten. It looked quite terrible, but was utterly stupendous. It seemed to show off an incredible charcoal flavor with precisely right proportions of crisped bun, cheese and sauce. I am dissenting from everyone else, as I would rather eat this burger than Belcampo; it captured everything awesome about a basic burger and magnified it into something simple yet sublime. I was blown away.
You can really see it is just incredibly simple, so I don’t know how they make it taste so incredible:
I wish they didn’t charge so much for fries, but their fries are really tasty. Like what you wish In-n-Out fries were. Simple, crispy, and nicely salted with what seem like particularly wowing versions of ketchup and mayo. Very simple, but just truly grand, even if they aren’t mind-blowing.
A little closer shot:
Corn dogs come 2 to an order and are medium-sized. They are superb versions. Not overly complicated, just really awesome, perfectly fried, and made with good beef hot dogs. Paired with a nice hot mustard. For $7, really enjoyable.
Smoked Potato Taquitos were really nice. They showed off nicely crisped tortillas, lightly smokey potato puree, a zippy slightly spicy verde salsa, and a bunch of crumbly cojita cheese. My least favorite item I suppose as I just felt they were missing something, maybe spicier salsa, or avocado or something, I am not sure. Perhaps I am just too in love with Bar Ama’s taquitos. They were still enjoyable, if not great.
With their entire menu available until 1 am, it feels like ERB is quite possible the best bar you can eat in in all of LA late at night. The food achieves this kind of blissful simplicity that goes perfectly with alcohol. However, I genuinely believe it would be excellent even without alcohol. It’s actually a treasure of a spot, and very quiet on weeknights.
Maybe this won’t be anyone else’s cup of tea, but I walked away feeling really incredibly happy about the eating the food here, especially that burger, and normally I am very picky with my burgers. However, since most people love Belcampo more, I have to say, I might be alone on this one. I just thought it deserved a post.