Downtown CorkBar Will Do You A Solid

Ballpark Sliders | Pork sausage patty, mustard and relish on pretzel bun

There could be an general acceptance that wine bars get a pass on offering good food since diners would be expected to focus on the wine. Well, no more.

Cheddar Cheese Gougeres

CorkBar was a pleasant surprise, however, in that almost everything I had to eat I genuinely enjoyed. Of course, the guys there have a few suggestions as to which California wine they would pair with your food order – and I’d surely recommend taking their advice. In fact, they’re rather adventurous in the kitchen, too. Every Tuesday night is “Test Kitchen Tuesday,” when Chef Albert Aviles makes a market-inspired dish that sells for $2 until they run out. In fact, the Ballpark Sliders are a Test Kitchen Tuesday success story, and you can now find it on their regular menu. Be ready to try out some creative bites on these days.

The Cheddar Cheese Gougeres are flavorful poofs that come to your table warm and fluffy. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Rose and Sparkling Wine are suggested on the menu to pair with them. The other things that came to our table, like the Curried Mussels and my extra refreshing Root Vegetable Salad were delicious. But the tastes that basically hit it out of the park had to be the Root Beer Braised Short Ribs and (perfectly) Seared (super big) Sea Scallops.

Root Beer Braised Short Ribs | Served over cheesy polenta

But don’t forget dessert. Apparently Chef Albert is just as creative with his sweet dishes as with his appetizers. Lo and behold, he brought out an off-the-menu bacon chocolate cake for us lucky diners. (Or, you can always stick with the creme brulee.)

Bacon Chocolate Cake

Regardless of what you order off the menu, you’ll always be treated to their fabulous selection of California wines and locally-sourced, farm-fresh fare. They also always have a few interesting brews on tap (mostly Californian) and in the bottle (some German). Plus, their selections are always changing, keeping the culinary vibe alive and breathing. The decor is appropriately “downtown” contemporary, so you can be sure that you’ll always have an enjoyable, modern experience wining and dining in Downtown LA at CorkBar.

I’ll see you there.

All food and wine were hosted.

CorkBar Interior

Fall Menu

Test Kitchen Tuesday Nights: $2 bites (limited supply)

CorkBar
403 W. 12th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213.746.0050