Red Meat and Wine Sunday Special

I love me some weekend. Sleeping in, football, burgers, steak and wine. Does it get any better? The day started with a little French Press brewed cup of Intelligentsia. We then hit up the venerable Apple Pan for a classic burger and fries. There are some Apple Pan haters out there, but I love that this place hasn’t changed since 1947. I’ve been coming here for 10 plus years and I’ve had the same waiter nearly every time. I love their tangy red relish sauce, their toasted buns and fresh ground beef. It’s not the best burger in town, but it’s damn good. Check out this video from burger documentarian (and hero) George Motz catching up with long time cook Charles Collins.

Not much has changed in the 60 years Apple Pan has been open.

Not much has changed in the 60 years Apple Pan has been open.

When was the last time you drank a coke out of a paper cone?

When was the last time you drank a coke out of a paper cone?

The fries come out crispy and hot, served with a cardboard saucer of ketchup.

The fries come out crispy and hot, served with a cardboard saucer of ketchup.

Fresh meat, tasty red sauce, and a perfectly toasted bun.

Fresh meat, tasty red sauce, and a perfectly toasted bun.

Apple Pan would be our base for the day, as our next stop was wine tasting at Bottle Rock. It was day two of their round table wine tasting. Over 40 different wineries with 60 bottle of wine were represented. Drink as much as you want for $25. We got there early so we could have time to speak with the wine reps but the wine bar quickly became bustling with thirsty wine lovers. We sampled wines from all around the world and took about two hours to try 20 wines or so (we skipped most of the whites). The wines were discounted today which made taking home a few of them a little bit easier on the wallet.

We came away with a great Portuguese wine, a 05 Quinta de Cabriz Reserva for $16. A 05 Pascual Toso Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Las Barrancas Vineyard in Argentina for $15. And three bottles of a great Spanish wine, the 02 Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza for $23 a bottle.

Get ready for lots of wine at Bottle Rock, Culver City

Get ready for lots of wine at Bottle Rock, Culver City

Picked up three bottles of this delicious Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza

Picked up three bottles of this delicious Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza

It got pretty crowded an hour into the event, but I heard not as crowded as it was on Sat.

It got pretty crowded an hour into the event, but I heard not as crowded as it was on Sat.

We had a little time for a siesta after the wine tasting then it was on to the monthly Beefsteak dinner at Bacaro. The bar is named after the god of wine, Bacchus. These typical wine bars from Italy are laid back places to dine on cicheti (think tapas) and enjoy wine with friends. Bacaro is owned by former A.O.C. sommelier and wine buyer Santos Uy. The wine bar, located in USC’s University Park area, is small and has a great neighborhood feel. Small, rustic tables line both sides of the chalkboard walls, which display their wines and the food menu.

A quaint building in an area otherwise filled with liquer stores and laundrymats.

A quant building in an area otherwise filled with liquer stores and laundrymats.

Wine bottle lighting on the ceiling

Wine bottle lighting on the ceiling

The wine selection and menu were displayed on chalk boards covering the walls.

The wine selection and menu were displayed on chalk boards covering the walls.

The wine bar and kitchen at Bacaro.

The wine bar and kitchen at Bacaro.

On the first Sunday of every month they do a Beefsteak night. All you can eat grilled hanger steak is served on bread with a side of roasted potatoes. Their steak was delicious, perfectly seasoned with salt and pepper. The potatoes were a little bland, drizzled with lots of olive oil and a little bit of cracked pepper, they needed more seasoning.

All we could eat, ended up being two plates of the delicous hanger steak with bread and potatoes.

All we could eat, ended up being two plates of the delicous hanger steak with bread and potatoes.

Wine for the night was Bonacchi Sangiovese

Wine for the night was Bonacchi Sangiovese

The red wine tonight was a 06 Bonacchi Sangiovese. At around $10 a bottle retail, you figure to pay around $20 in a restaurant, but tonight it’s all you can drink. They also had a white wine along with Peroni on tap. It’s a decent deal for just $25 a person. They have two seatings, one at 5:30 and one at 8pm. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 213.748.7205. Starting Sunday January 11, they begin serving a Sunday Brunch featuring items like eggs on brioche with mornay sauce & Niman Ranch bacon or Honey Polenta served with fruit or nuts.

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Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

3 Responses to “Red Meat and Wine Sunday Special”

  1. December 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    A day of red meat and red wine: The Red State/Blue State Food Marathon? The Red to the Head Food Marathon?

  2. Matt Mitchell
    December 8, 2008 at 5:45 pm #

    The Hannibal Lecter Marathon? Hmmm, maybe not. I didn’t eat any human brains.

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