If you ever wanted to know where I am from, this restaurant’s location is it! Post ad Beam is located at 3767 Santa Rosalia Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90008. My grandmother and dad literally live minutes away, I went to preschool down the street, and have passed by this location countless times throughout my life. This area is home. The newly opened restaurant, opening within the last five years or so, was originally the location of the fried chicken place Golden Bird that was one of my childhood favorites but closed while I was away at college as the business started to slowly disappear in Los Angeles. With the demographic changing within the community, I was shocked and intrigued that they would open a rather sophisticated restaurant with a garden in the area. Also, many restaurants have not been successful due to the demographic and my hope was that first the food would be tasty and priced reasonably and second that the community would embrace them. I feel thankfully like both things happened!
My dad is the most knowledgeable person I know especially when it comes to food and good restaurants. He mentioned that he knew the owner/chef of the new Post and Beam and would support his business because he was a fan of the restaurant Table 8 that was located on Melrose. Since the opening of Post and Bean, my dad has visited the restaurant on numerous occasions for food and drinks and has always spoke highly of the restaurant’s atmosphere and food. Even my mom started to get in on the action and made a few visits to the restaurant and enjoyed herself. My dad spoke highly of the Shrimp and Grits ($18) dish and my mother really enjoyed the Buttermilk Fried Organic Chicken ($24) served with one small side. The shrimp grits is a small plate served with beef bacon, roasted peppers, and shrimp butter and is also included on the brunch menu. I was looking forward to visiting this restaurant during my visit with my dad but time did not permit that, however, my mom and I found our way there after shopping for drinks. I was a bit bummed because I would have preferred to come with a bigger appetite to taste all of the delicious dishes I heard so much about.
Anyway, we arrived on Friday evening to a decent crowd of people who were glued watching a college football game and enjoying their selves. The dimly-lit restaurant has a very welcoming staff and the atmosphere was quite sexy. I was into it! My mom and I sat at the bar, in front of one the large television screens, and looked over the menu to decide what we wanted to drink. The bartender was a very friendly gentlemen and quickly came over to welcome us and answer any questions.
I’m going to take a guess here and say that the menu may change frequently because I visited in December and it is now February and I cannot locate the items I tried. I remember ordering a Strawberry Daiquiri on the rocks that was refreshing but a bit sweet. Not overly sweet where it was not enjoyable but it could turn off a few with a sensitive palate. Since I cannot located my daiquiri, they currently have a similar option of their pineapple sage daiquiri ($12) that would be served on the rocks with run, garden pineapple sage, honey, and lime. That cocktail looks fantastic by the way! My mother ordered the cucumber gimlet ($12) with vodka that included cucumber, lime, and sugar. She did this for me because I am a fan of a cocktail called the Emerald Gimlet, served at Beauty and Essex in NYC, that is basically a basil martini but I refused to order cocktail here because of the inclusion of cucumbers. The small taste I had of the cocktail was great but the hint of cucumber was very prevalent. But again, this was a very fresh cocktail that was smooth and very sophisticated.
I did not want to leave without trying something so I decided to order one of their Hand Stretched 11 inch pizzas. They had a pretty large fire-brick oven in front of the bar and I had seen some beautiful looking pizzas come out of there and decided to try one for myself with the hope of coming back later and having the other good stuff. Again, I cannot find what I had but the Housemade Sausage, fire-roasted peppers, grilled onions, and cheese blend pizza ($15) closely mirrors that I had before. I remember my pizza having broccolini and mushrooms but everything else seems pretty consistent. The pizza was good and enjoyable though I wish there was a bit more sausage on the pizza. There seemed to be a lot of the other veggie ingredients but not the meat. Chicken sausage also does not have the same fat content as a pork or beef sausage so the sausage got a bit dry, however still enjoyable. I enjoyed it overall and the cream sauce was also a welcomed addition to the pizza, but I looked forward to getting back and trying the more popular dishes my family enjoys. Unfortunately I never made it but I’m sure this place will be around a while for me to get back soon!
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Overall, I am proud that this restaurant has been embraced in my community and that my family has seemed to really enjoy their dining experiences. I cannot wait to visit again with a larger appetite for dinner and brunch! Our check for about 2 drinks each and the pizza was around $60 which was reasonable given the quality of the ingredients and food served. Please keep this place in mind when you are in the area for great food and drinks in Baldwin Hills! The following is my Seven Mac Score for the restaurant:
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