There simply is no place like it in LA. Its all about the vibe in the front room. Great service, great drinks and solid food. If not completely chowish, its great comfort food. Had the lamb chops for the first time and they were outstanding. Steamed clams were very good as well. And god knows they know how to pour a drink. By 7 pm the place was packed and the bar was 2-3deep. Still, took us straight to our table and fantastic service by the same head waiter thats been there forever. Bartender as well.