Location: The Grove outdoor mall, at Third X Fairfax in Los Angeles
Eatery Type: Rustic, industrial, edgy, cool gastropub
Vibe/Atmosphere: You have to be in the mood to be around people to go to The Grove, which is always busy and vibrant no matter the day or time, but once you make your way through the labrynth of people and settle in and find your place, it's a great place to people watch and enjoy the scenery. A big destination for visitors to L.A., but the majority of the crowd are locals. Movie theater is next door.
Ease of Seating: Galley-style restaurant with mixture of wood tables and red leather tufted booths. Had no problem getting a table quickly.
Service: Friendly, conscientious, unpretentious. Manager approached randomly to check if we were happy (which we were).
Food: Typical gastropub fare, but inventive and well thought out (it's a Gordon Ramsay restaurant). Fat Cow Gourmet Cheese Burger with fried egg was out of this world good. Beef was moist and succulent and not overcooked. Egg was fried to perfection with luscious soft yolk. Didn't need to add a thing. My mouth is watering thinking about it again. Only thing I would change, and thus the 9/10, was the bun was a bit too soft for my taste, and fell apart as I tried to eat (I prefer them a little crispy and/or broiled).
Value: Not cheap, but not overpriced for the quality. Burger was $16 and sadly does not include sides (you have to pay separately). Cocktails reasonably priced at $11-12. Unfortunately they were out of the one I wanted to try, and settled for a Grassy Grove gin cocktail which was different but drinkable. Fat Cow Market Salad was fresh and different, if you want something light and meat-free.
Parking: Huge parking garage affordable with validation, or you can park at the Farmer's Market a little further down (make sure to get a separate validation).
Conclusion: One of the most memorable burgers of the last few years. Will definitely go back to have it again, and try many other menu selections.