Full write-up with lots of pictures:
Located near the Wilshire and Bundy intersection, Bar*Food sits in the space once occupied by Zu Robata (which I tried once and found to be quite mediocre.) Bar*Food's reputation on Yelp is stellar--as of this writing it stands at 4 stars with 100 reviews--and so I was looking forward to giving this place a try during my usual Thursday happy hour outing.
The happy-hour menu includes the bar burger at $6 (versus $9), a selection of tap pours at $3.50 each, and a house red for $5. Another big draw is the inclusion of free hot dogs. Yes. Free hot dogs, full-size. They're on the happy hour menu. Price: $0. You're not going to find a deal like that on the west side.
As for the food:
Frites: just OK but needed more seasoning to make them stand out.
Potato Puffs: Battered and deep-fried mashed potato balls. These were delicious and I practically finished the entire basket.
Edamame: pan fried in black bean sauce. Very tasty but also a bit messy, especially for me :)
The $0 hot dog: Just as good as your basic hot dog. The simple mustard/ketchup/onion preparation works just fine.
Bar burger: Delicious. Meat has hints of soy sauce. I would have liked a better quality bun but overall this was very good.
Thai Bangers and Mash: My favorite dish of the night. The bangers were juicy and full of flavor. It came with cilantro mashed potatoes which were very good. Like BBQ comfort food kicked up a notch.
Spicy Tuna: Another hit with our group. The nicely seasoned and very spicy tuna sits atop deep-fried bricks of rice. I could eat an entire plate of these.
Bread pudding: a bit denser than your typical bread pudding but the taste and softness make this a must try. A generous scoop of ice cream pairs perfectly with the bread.
The scene at Bar*Food on a Thursday wasn't too crowded. Waitress was helpful and prompt, our food--except for the bread pudding--came out in reasonable times, and the crowd seemed chill. This is definitely a place I'll be returning to shortly.
12217 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025