Steingarten Now Open
We here at Beers in Paradise strive to support ‘drinking local’ at our favorite craft brew establishments. We also believe in stocking our cellars and fridges with goodies from our local liquor stores that cater to our beer needs.
Well a new establishment has entered the Local Craft Brew Alliance and I was very excited to attend the grand opening with good friend and fellow BIP guy Roy. It is our privilege to welcome Steingarten with open arms to West L.A.!
Fortunately for me I work rather close to the location so I rushed out 10 minutes early to hit the 405 full of anxiousness. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning flying out of bed and rushing to the tree to see what I would find.
Well, I was intrigued simply driving by Steingarten to find parking. The color of the building was a custom rich, slate like copper with black and stone trim. I was able to see a rectangular fire pit through the window, which added to the rich warmth of the building that brought together a simple sophistication and allure. Overall first impression: Impressive. As I walked inside I was immediately embraced by a packed house of happy patrons full of laughter and conversation. I was able to find a spot at the end of the bar where I pulled out a bar chair and grabbed the beer menu. I was pleased to see that there were 20 brews on tap that collectively touched on several brew styles ranging from Pilsners, Lagers, Schwarzbiers, Ales, Saisons, IPAs, Stouts, Barley Wines, Sours to Scotch Ales.
For a brief moment I feared it might take me all night to get a beer in hand because of the hectically busy environment, but to my surprise I was immediately greeted by Lucy and asked what I’d like to drink. Great customer service right off the bat! Ironically, it was sooner than expected so I was tongue tied and indecisive with sooooo much good stuff to choose from. Not only were there 20 beers on tap, there was an extensive and hand picked bottle menu of Belgian and German Gems, including one of my favorites: Trappistes Rochefort 10 quadrupel.
I have to take a moment to commend David, Steingarten’s operations guy for doing such an exceptional job putting together the beer selection. There are so many interesting beers to choose from that you will find yourself planning out future visits simply to come back and try something new and exciting. Not sure what you fancy? No problem…the staff is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic in making recommendations based on your tastes. I witnessed this first hand as Mark, a fellow patron to the opening event, was given some new beers to try based on what he told the staff. He works across the street and after some chatting mentioned, “This place used to be a Mexican restaurant. I watched the transformation and was curious to see when the place would finally open. I think this is exactly what we needed in this area.” Indeed. Another great aspect of Steingarten is their menu. With a sushi bar style menu you simply check off the items you want to order and hand it to your server…Done deal. You get to carry on with your beer and conversation uninterrupted, not that Luke and the staff aren’t entertaining and great to chat with!
The menu items range from great tasting sandwiches with such rare delicacies as Dry Whitetail Deer salami to a vegetarian Portobello mushroom with several sides to choose from. There is a brilliant assortment of sausages to choose from, such as Old Country favorites like pork bratwurst, Polish beef/pork, and veal, to New Country greats like chicken with tequila or apple, duck and bacon, and spicy lamb. They even go farther with exotic game sausages like alligator, bison, and elk. The best part is that the price range for the sausage dishes are from $6.50 to $7.50!
Feeling more traditional? Well they have a hardy selection of burgers, sliders, salads, and side dishes. Wondering if the food is really that good? Well Steingarten opened their doors at 11am for the grand event and the kitchen’s menu was completely exhausted by a little before 9pm. Poor planning you say? No my friends… amazing food! The interior design and overall feel of the Steingarten is strong with an open space, upscale, and artistic flair. There is a simply wonderful, large and colorful piece hanging on the wall in the main room that was custom made specifically for Steingarten. It was assembled by hand on site from 4″x6″ tiles and adorned with custom lighting above to highlight this amazing, peacock like item just oozing creativity and inspiration.
There is also a banquet/meeting room that looks out onto the street that is perfect for business meetings or moderate to large gatherings that is available for reservations, although we’re not sure how much work could get done in such a playful environ.
Want to go more intimate? There’s a 2 person table in front of a fireplace inside towards the end of the bar that is perfect if you are looking to bring a date with you. One thing I was highly pleased to see, being that I love paring a cigar with my craft brews was an outdoor patio in the back. There was a bench booth that featured a rectangular fire pit that I am already planning to sit at with some good friends and cigars on my next visit. It was just as warm and appealing with allure as the rest of the establishment.
Overall, I can say this place is a perfect 10 in my book. I was able to speak to Abby Berookhim, proud owner of Steingarten, and he mentioned that he aims to be famous for 3 things: Exotic foods, distinguished craft brews, and of course… hospitality. A winning combination indeed!
Spoiler alert: Abby has provided our BIP readers a great opportunity to win a special gift package at a $50 value for any one that can guess which new type of sausage will be featured on the menu. This is a sausage that Abby has created himself and is proud to start making available for his happy patrons.
Only answers that appear on the BIP “leave a reply” comment section below this post will be eligible, so be sure become a member and leave your answer below! This is an exclusive one time offer from Steingarten through the BIP site. The comments are stamped with time and date, so the first person to guess correctly will win. No one in the BIP crew is able to participate. The contest will go until a correct answer is posted.
Here’s your hint: This is a heart healthy sausage. We recommend you check this place out and when you do be sure to let them know you read about them on beersinparadise.com!
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