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The Lab Gastropub: USC/South LA


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The Lab Gastropub: USC/South LA

toonoble | Mar 10, 2009 09:33 PM

Always in search of a good bar with good food I saw that this place opened up right accross the street from USC last week, next to the Galen Center on Figueroa. I work nearby so i decided to drop in for lunch today with a freind.
It has a hip vibe and modern decor that is supposed to resemble some kind of science lab including chalkboards with mathematical equasions. A little cheesy in my opinion.
Onto the food and drink. The beer list was solid. About 15-20 craft beers on tap including a few that apparently are made especially for this establishment from Karl Straus. There are also many obscure bottled beers on the menu. I tried the sampler that included Green Flash IPA, Red Trolley, Sam Adama White, and something called Lab Amber. Beer was solid.
Food was a different story. Average at best. I had a rosemary chicken club that was pretty dry and lacked flavor. My freind at a steak sandwich which was dissapointing. It also took about twenty minutes to get our food while the place was empty. I will let that slide because the place is so new but I am not in a rush to sample the rest of the menu.
Based on thier location alone its probably going to be very popular with the students accross the street. I dont think their website is up yet and apparently they do not have a happy hour which is puzzling. You can tell that his place is going for a Fathers Office type of environment, too bad the food leaves a lot to be desired.

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