I came across a previous post of LA restaurants in the 1980s here
and wanted to bring up the topic again.
Gorky's was talked about, an industrial Russian sort of place where we spent a lot of time, but the discussion was about one downtown. The only one I remember was in Hollywood, on La Cienega I think.
I remember the chocolate souffles at The Moustache Cafe on Melrose west of Fairfax, which closed sometime around 2000, when apparently it had fallen out of favor. But it was magical in the 1980s.
Here's an article about it from 1995.
I remember the incredible table-side guacamole at Border Grill on 4th Street in Santa Monica, and the unbelievable energy of the crowd there.
I remember this little place Anthony's in Malibu with the most amazing Caesar salad, and also the $25 Caesar salad at The Grill in Beverly Hills. Back then it seemed like a thousand dollars.
Kate Mantilini in Beverly Hills was where we spent our Friday nights with our Hollywood friends and our Monday mornings with our Hollywood co-workers, it was awesome, then it went downhill, and then it closed.
I remember the incredible chop salad at La Scala, loaded with garlic.
Engine Company No. 28 in an old firehouse downtown for happy hour and also great lunches, it's still there. Also for happy hour, Stepps on the ground floor of the Wells Fargo building I think, they had this delicious garlicky flatbread.
Casey's Pub down in the basement on 6th and Grand, also still there.
Lawry's The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills (still there) and Lawry's California Center somewhere out near Dodger Stadium, this big, sprawling outdoor garden cafe, closed in the early 90s.
The Fox Inn, a Santa Monica dive where we spent many Friday nights. This guy Bill Foster would drink endless amounts of beer standing on his head, singing rollicking drinking songs and get the entire bar to join in. This article tells the story better than I could.
Please add your memories of LA restaurants in the 1980s.