First Look: Odys + Penelope
The Gist: More casual than the now-closed Hatfield’s and slightly more high-end than The Sycamore Kitchen (read: you can make reservations), the latest from Quinn and Karen Hatfield is now fired up on La Brea. Although named for Odysseus and Penelope in the Greek epic The Odyssey, this is not a Greek restaurant. It is, however, all about fire.
The Food: Charred meats, seafood and seasonal vegetables are at the heart of the restaurant; anything Quinn can throw on the Brazilian churrasco, a wood-fired grill, the Argentinean brasero and other wood-burning apparatuses in the kitchen. The menu comprises small and larger plates, but it's all very conducive to sharing. Karen's desserts, as always, hit it out of the park. Everything is less fussy than in their former haute kitchen, yet the technique is there. All around, dishes are familiar yet completely new, with innovative combinations and seasonal flare. Quinn says this is the way they cook at home; it's the way they love to eat. Take a look at a sampling in the slide show below.
The Drinks: Following suit, the cocktails are fairly straightforward. Think familiar classics with seasonal twists. The wine list is smart and food-friendly, spanning the globe vs. landing on any one region. There are some fun beers from around the world, as well.
The Space: This whole block was a former printing shop, so leftover industrial elements add to the chic yet rustic room. With its soaring wood-beam ceilings, it feels massive. There's a long bar (a boon for this neighborhood), taller communal tables and booths and banquettes flanking the sides. Just about every seat has a view of the open kitchen, including a row of seats right at the pass.
The Details: Odys + Penelope opens daily for dinner at 6 PM on Mondays through Fridays, and 5:30 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. There's valet around the corner on weekdays when you can't park on La Brea, and also a public garage nearby. 127 S. La Brea Ave.; 323-939-1033.