Last night and this morning I had a chance to try two new local places. This morning we tried Local, which has been mentioned before. The menu sounded good, the plates looked nice, the service was friendly, the space was, well, budget, but not bad. The proximity to a fast moving part of Sunset was a bit much but livable. The food was good however, my food was under seasoned beans, and a bit sickly sweet and sour chorizo, while my wife's sausage was pretty salty. Although I liked the place and appreciate the effort it took to open a new conscientious venture, I had to wonder why I was paying $13 for a quesadilla and $3 for a cup of coffee.
Last night while driving by, I noticed City Sip was open. I have been passing it for a long time now and have been intrigued by their brilliant logo, so was excited to check it out. Herein lies the ugly. What were they thinking? One long blank wall, a large storefront window so every family loaded with laundry from the apparently next door laundry mat stops and stares, and a big red shiny Corian counter. It's not fair to rate the service on their soft opening but, the two different flights we ordered, were two out of three undrinkable. I hope they get better with a little time, but the space will remain the antithesis of a cozy wine bar in my mind.