Friday night we went for dinner at Wood and Vine, a brand new restaurant and bar with a classic Old Hollyood vibe. The restaurant is located on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in the historic Taft building (home to the first offices of Charlie Chaplin and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) directly across from the Pantages Theater.
For dinner we sat on the second floor balcony where we sampled their seasonal shared plates and had great people watching. My favorite items were the Potato Gnocchi with confit onions, truffle and English peas, and the Roasted Beet Salad served on a bed of arugula with goat cheese, smoked hazelnuts and pickled onion and a sherry vinaigrette.
After we ate we wandered downstairs to sit at the gorgeous dark wood bar for a cocktail (or two). I was delighted to see that they had a citrus juicer right on the bar which they use to fresh squeeze juices for their handmade and authentic cocktails. I suggest trying the Rodia's Garden which is made of cucumber vodka, lavender syrup and absinth...seems like a weird combination but is so good.
I definitely recommend checking out Wood and Vine, and can't wait to come back to try more of their amazing cocktails, and to check out their great little back patio!