Public Kitchen: A new spot for pre-theater dining in Hollywood

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I’m always getting letters from readers asking where they can eat before a performance at the Pantages or somewhere else nearby. And until Cleo at the Redbury Hotel and Delphine at the W Hollywood opened, I was stumped. Now we have one more place to add to the mix. Public Kitchen & Bar, Tim Goodell’s reworking of the restaurant in the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, has just launched a pre-theater menu. The $45 prix-fixe menu includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and cocktail. Just about the perfect amount if you’re going to sit through Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Iris’ at the Kodak Theatre or Twyla Tharp’s ‘Come Fly Away’ at the Pantages Theater without falling asleep.

Of course, it all depends on what you get to eat for that $45. Appetizers include squash blossoms with three cheeses, chicharrones with chili and lime, crab cake with shaved vegetables or Neapolitan meatballs with pine nuts and currants. For your main course, choose from mussels steamed in Riesling, roasted chicken with preserved lemons and pan gravy, prime skirt steak with chimichurri aioli or the Public burger and more.

You can change out the cocktail for wine, but why should you when you can get a swell Spiced Cucumber Collins made with Hendrick’s gin or a Kentucky Brunch made with rye whiskey, egg white, lemon and, um, apricot marmalade. (There’s more.)

P.S. This is no funky dive, but a warmly elegant restaurant in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.

Public Kitchen & Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7700 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 769-8888. Prix-fixe menu, $45, served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. daily.



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