Judging a Happy Hour Beyond Its Cover: Hollywood's Lexington Social House
[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“Mette’s Fried Chicken Tenders”][/caption] There’s something about being a Hollywood resident that lends itself to glossing over most of the food and drink choices in my neighborhood. Believe you me, I love my area and all the conveniences it affords - but it’s because they all outweigh the inconveniences. [caption id=“” align=“alignright” width=“240” caption=“The Lexington | Earl grey-infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon, honey, lemon juice, orange bitters”][/caption] There are inconveniences like the annoyances of walking past the Thursday through Saturday night crowd, as well as the douche spots themselves that I’d avoid any day of the week. Hemingway’s is an example of a place that I’d go and see Alex Straus make cocktails earlier in the evening but avoid at all costs at peak times. But now, I can add Lexington Social House to that secret non-peak-time list. I was invited to take a peak at their Social Hour, their thematically dubbed happy hour. And it’s not shabby in the least. With the launch of their new menu, it’sÂ a great opportunity to try new items during LSH Lite, which goes on at the bar Tuesday through Friday from 5:30 until 8 PM and all day Sunday. Their specialty cocktails as well as their entire menu is half-off during this time! Since I love sitting at the bar, anyway, I’ll gladly take my supper club to the stools. [caption id=“” align=“alignleft” width=“240” caption=“Chipotle Pork Belly Biscuits”][/caption] A sure menu bet is Mette Williams’ fried chicken tenders, an unordinarily juicy-crispy preparation. Looking for that hearty bite that doesn’t hold back? The Chipotle pork belly biscuits with aged Gouda and fried egg will be sure to satisfy you and then some. As for the cocktails, designed by Kyle Ackley, I must applaud this Hollywood-and-Vine institution for putting the brakes on the vodka in their drink menu - just beware that there are pop rocks in one of them. My favorite cocktail, however, was the Spanish Harlem, made with tanteo cocoa infused tequila, maraschino liqueur, agave nectar and chocolate-chili bitters. It was a clean, strong yet flavorful drink and I ended up having another. Lexington Social House is an unlikely place to find a Spago and CUT alum like Mette Williams, but alas - there she is, surprising everyone with her well-executed, comfort-driven menu. Social Hour is just the time to try it all out and wash it downÂ at half-off.Â And that beats amateur hour any day.Â All food and cocktails were hosted.
1⁄2-Off Happy Hour:
Tue - Fri: 5:30 - 8 PM Sunday: All night
Lexington Social Houseâ€Ž 1718 Vine Street Hollywood, CA 90027 323.461.1700