**** (4 stars)
The bar here offers a delightful intimate atmosphere, with live piano music in the evenings, and a nice outside dining area with heaters. The menu is arranged from tinest to largest “small plates” with a wide variety of nibbles to something enough for a full dinner.
There is a small assortment of wines by the glass, and a lot of spirits.
Service was friendly and efficient.
Noe Restaurant and Bar
251 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
***** (5 stars)
This is a delightful spot to sit outside downtown, with no noise and a great view. There are heaters and a fireplace to keep warm in winter, and clear glass windbreaks all around.
The menu offers a nice combination of small plates and main dishes. We really liked both the tuna tartare and mussel starters, and my Provencal vegetable plate was excellent.
There is a medium sized list of wines, with about a fourth available by the glass. There is also an extensive spirits list.
Service is friendly and efficient, and pricing is reasonable.
448 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
**** (4 stars)
This is a nicely decorated neighborhood restaurant with excellent service. The first impression is that it will be very authentic Mexican, and there are such items on the menu, but there is also a lot of Americanized Tex Mex.
We tried the appetizer sampler of quesadilla, guacamole, chicken taquitos, and nachos. The nachos were too much about refried beans for my taste, but the rest of the items were good.
Because the appetizer was very generous we just shared a taco plate. Three authentic tacos were served on soft corn tortillas. The beef was okay, and the carnitas was tender but not very flavorful. However the pastor was terrific, with lots of flavor and a slight kick. All were topped with fresh cilantro.
There’s a full bar. The margarita I had was heavy on agave flavor, but a generous pour. Prices are reasonable.
11242 S Orange Blossom Trl
Orlando, FL 32837