After years of fits, starts and a painstaking restoration the new iteration of the Firestone Tire Building on La Brea is reborn as a Mid-City gathering space for beers, tacos & friends. We decided it was time to check it out.
So far there are two spots…
All Season Brewing
Old-fashioned & Vodka Pineapple Collins
Haven’t had a beer but our cocktails were very good.
Chicas sells your basic bar food - nachos, tacos, burritos, wings, pizza, fries, couple of vegan options, soft drinks.
I make a lot of guacamole. Do you know how much salt you have to add to end up with salty guacamole?
Salt, salt, buffalo sauce, salt, plump tender wings.
Plain House Wings
Thanks for giving our taste buds & blood pressure a rest - nice, plump, tender on the inside, crispy on the outside. I would order these again.
Korean BBQ & Ranch Dipping Sauces
Korean BQ sauce had the flavors but again with the sodium, ranch dressing was the slimy bottled stuff. I judge these kind of places by the type of ranch they serve the way some might judge a sushi-ya by the knife work on the fish. It’s gotta be powdered Hidden Valley Ranch mixed w/buttermilk or sour cream à la Islands. I mean, how hard is that?
Slow Braised Steak Taco
I didn’t try it but husband said it was just okay. $4.50+
They use the oldest bar trick in the book… serve them salty food and they’ll buy more drinks.
The space is ginormous with a big indoor area w/a few tables, big enclosed eating section & wrap around outdoor patio. It’s obviously a restore, not brand new, shiny, faux-retro fittings. Impressive.
Vibe: Music is 80s & 90s punk, new wave, alternative, no R&B or hip hop. The crowd skews young and the youngers seemed to be enjoying themselves on the patio, letting their hair down after work on a nice, early, balmy eve.
Observation: as with a lot of places decorated in the style of vintage Americana - old photos, cartoons, comic strips, Life magazine covers - the message (probably unconsciously) is the American dream of the 30s & 40s was not one enjoyed by the elders of the current demographic of patrons & employees of today.
Conclusion: the cocktails are good and the beer menu is to be explored, but we’ll probably wait to see what else goes in the space before returning.
On the way home we stopped at a spot representing the Mid-City of today…
Hubs’ beloved El Chato truck is back in full form!
Tacos al Pastor
$1.65 per taco and “the bomb!”