Bar | Kitchen

We were drawn to the O Hotel’s sultry lobby restaurant by its siren song of fancy cocktails. The mixologists from New York’s famed Death & Company bar got their mitts on the drinks menu here, and L.A.’s imbiber snobs are flocking in. But one cannot survive on gin and aperol alone. Luscious shrimp and grits should do the trick, amped up by a spicy chorizo ragout. A plate of sweet potato gnocchi is scattered with roasted grapes, goat cheese, and a pumpkin-seed pesto. Brussels sprout leaves go from meek to maniacal when deep fried. Then there’s the requisite burger, an unfortunate patty helped along by sharp white cheddar and house-made pickles. Bacon-wrapped dates seemed like dessert to us, but purists can finish with banana bread pudding. » O Hotel, 819 S. Flower St. (213-623-9904). L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. Full bar. New American  $$

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