Thursday, March 12, 2015

Happy Hour at The Factory Kitchen (Downtown LA)

One of my favorite Italian restaurants, The Factory Kitchen in downtown LA, has started happy hour. The happy hour is on Monday-Thursday from 5-7pm and offers a variety of small plates, classic cocktails, and wines.

Among the food offerings was the roasted bone marrow with foraged mushrooms and herb salad for $11. There's certainly nothing to complain about when you have bone marrow for happy hour!

The cocktails are only $8 each and includes choices like a well executed Boulevardier. This cocktail, invented in 1927, combines bourbon, campari, and sweet vermouth.
The Factory Kitchen has an excellent sommelier in their Director of Wine, Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi, so don't skip over the wine offerings. Lambrusco is still a pretty rare find, but they have one (Cleto Chiarli) for $7 a glass.

There are enough options on the food happy hour menu to make a meal out of it. Try the Gamberi & Fagiolane (gulf prawns, white beans, "crustacean oil") for $10
The prawns were cooked just right and their portions are quite generous as well.

This one's a bit of a sleeper hit: fried baby leeks with chickpea fritters ($6)

They make great finger snacks and the chickpea fritters slowly become addictive. This dish is actually on the regular dinner menu as well, but it goes for $10.

Lamb meat balls, cumin, natural jus ($6)

Fonduta di Formaggio: melted cheese, shaved black truffles, multigrain crostone ($7)

Another addictive one. Truffled melted cheese to dip into? Perfect as a companion to drinking.

Gnocchetti alla bava: ricotta semolina flour dumpling, reggiano, fontina cheese ($8)

Another classic cocktail offering for $8: Hemingway Daiquiri (rum, lime, maraschino, grapefruit)

The Factory Kitchen isn't normally a cheap place to dine, but with these happy hour offerings, you can get an early dinner or just enjoy a drink or two much more affordably. But in keeping with the quality of the dinner items that made it one of my favorite places, they don't skimp on the happy hour items. Each dish was well thought out and executed. Free street parking is also quite easy during that time of day, so if you work or find yourself in the downtown area, this is a nice place to stop for a drink or bite.


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