Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Arc Light Cafe
6360 W Sunset Blvd (between Vine and Ivar, with DeLongpre to the south)
Los Angeles, CA

When I think of theaters, all I think of is popcorn dowsed with yellow colored motor oil, sodas the size of milk jugs, unappealing hot dogs in soggy buns (that got soggy while being placed in the aluminum bag they slip those puppies in), and all overpriced. Where can we get an actual MEAL at a theater, I asked?

Well I haven't been to that theater where they serve your meal at your seat (I think in Texas, I forgot what it's called) but having a full restaurant within theater boundaries is almost as good. After seeing the movie Waitress (very cute!) with my friend Amber, a few uh, MONTHS back (guilt for not posting sooner, yes), we didn't want to try to drive somewhere else in Hollywood and decided to try their cafe.

After being seated in a cushy tall seated booth (oddly dramatic), our server was attentive but not TOO attentive, which I liked. I got my usual arnold palmer, which I didn't photograph, amazingly. Amber and I got a plate of ravioli bites - crispy pasta pillows stuffed with cheese and served with marinara dipping sauce - to start. These were...good. Not addictive good, but good. I mean, anything fried is good, really. These had, in my memory, ricotta and mozzarella cheese inside them. I think what was wrong was that these weren't as salty as I wanted them to be. With a dip in the tomato sauce, the texture and consistency was right, but the flavor punch wasn't there. If I were to remake these, I'd use ricotta and some sort of stronger cheese - perhaps gouda or blue cheese for a flavor punch.
Our food came out pretty soon after the ravioli bites. Amber's plate - a beautiful new york steak sandwich, was 100% certified angus beef topped with sliced tomato, lettuce
and red onion, with garlic aioli served on a toasted baguette. The highlight of the plate were the fries. These fries were delicious, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and loaded with flavor. Amber doused her steak with A-1 Steak sauce (gross. I don't like A-1 but she could drink the stuff) and happy gnawed away. She pounded away half of this, which was a feat for her.

My plate mirrored hers in fries, but had perched upon it a arclight club - roast beef, bacon, turkey, tomato, provolone and mozzarella cheese with garlic aioli served on toasted bread. I wished that the bread was just a little more toasted, as the bread was thick and I wanted more crunch. The difference of this club sandwich as opposed to others I've had in the past was the addition of the roast beef - which I look back upon in indifference. I didn't think the roast beef added anything good to this sandwich, it was just...there. Turkey was decent, more of the plain mozzarella...this sandwich needed avocado! That's what it's needed...I just figured that out...anyways I only ate half of this sandwich and brought it back for Owen, and demolished the fries on my own.

Service was good, as I mentioned before. This was a good place to get decent food, and a surprise to have inside of a theater. Definitely recommended, if anything, for those lovely fries.


Dr. Alice said...

Mmmmmmm, the Arclight. I like the cafe, and the gift shop there rocks too. I saw Doris Roberts (of Everybody Loves Raymond) there once having dinner.

I guess that's kinda pathetic. My big starspotting moment, and it's... Doris Roberts. Though I thought she was good in the show. Anyway, the Cafe food is plenty good enough for a dinner-and-a-movie kind of night and it's convenient too.

heysandra said...

Dude, Doris Roberts counts as a celebrity!! Don't feel ashamed! And the arclight food is really decent, so you know that she and you have really good taste :)

Anonymous said...

that sounds like a very nice cafe