Messhall Kitchen

The historic Brown Derby space on Los Feliz Boulevard has housed a swing dance bar, a bank, and a Louise’s Trattoria. Now one-half of it is home to Mess Hall, a summer camp-themed restaurant offering comfort foods. We’d never order a dozen raw oysters from the cafeteria at Walton’s Grizzly Lodge, but here they’re part of a whole raw bar. Craft cocktails are still an anomaly in this neck of the woods, so the mint julep in a tin mug is welcome. Smoked corn fritters are dunked in romescosauce. A superb pork chop accompanies white cheddar grits and mustard greens. The up-market s’mores fit right in among the patio’s fire pits