I had driven past Avalon Hotel countless times before. Located at the base of Beverly Drive at Olympic Blvd., it’s a straight shot down from my place. I was always intrigued by the modern faÃ§ade in the front overlooking a small, U-shaped driveway but had no occasion to visit. What I didn’t know was that the valet drop-off there is complimentary if you are visiting the hotel. Free parking is always an incentive to at least drop by and check out the eats, drinks and scene.
What I was there to experience was a new menu selection – Chef’s Cabana Dinner – created by their executive chef Scott Garrett, who comes to blue on blue from Whist at the Viceroy in Santa Monica. The point of Chef’s Cabana was to make a casual appeal to the concept of lounging with friends in a poolside cabana setting that only Avalon Hotel can provide. And I certainly enjoyed the company of savory eats on the menu.