Fact: Wood and Vine has one of the best al fresco dining area in Hollywood. Insist on a table here as long as the nights aren't too cold. It's a quiet escape from the craziness of Hollywood Blvd.
At a recent dinner, I started my night with a Chai Gold Rush (chai and vanilla infused bourbon, lemon, honey, $12). This was a great cocktail, probably my favorite of the night! It's not overwhelmingly "chai"-like, just notes of spices. I hope they keep this one on the menu for a while!
Mondays are good to give Wood and Vine a try with their Monday Market Prix Fixe menu, $18 for 3 courses. There were three of us dining, so we tried one of the prix fixe menu while ordering other items to try.
The first course was a Melon consomme with basil.
This was a rather interesting first course. It was cold (good for the summer) but since it's also sweet, it was more like drinking melon juice rather than a consomme.
The entree that night was Shrimp and Grips with Anson Mills grits and house andouille sausage
The dessert was a plate mini eclairs and cream puffs
We wanted to try out their other items too, including the Charcuterie and Cheese ($13 for 3 selection). We chose Fourme d'ambert, venison pate, chicken liver mousse
The cocktail menu also has a seasonal section, and I tried Chilean Cooler (Kappa Pisco, lemon curd, watermelon, champagne, $12) from the Summer Solstice section.
Grilled peach, burrata, sea salt, balsamic reduction ($12)
Frog More Stew, corn, red bliss potatoes, smoked sausage ($15)
Chicken and Waffles, maple glaze, sage butter ($16)
Hand rolled potato gnocchi, summer squash, toasted pistachios, truffle ($15)
This part of Hollywood is lacking in great, unpretentious food, but Wood and Vine is poised to solve that problem. Sit in the back outdoor area with a cocktail, fill up with chicken liver mousse and gnocchi or partake in the affordable Monday Market menus, and you may just forget you're in Hollywood.
Wood & Vine
6280 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Disclosure: This meal was hosted.