Inside the vintage, Prohibition-inspire lounge at Sadie.
Inside the vintage, Prohibition-inspire lounge at Sadie. Photo courtesy of Sadie Kitchen & Lounge.

Sadie Kitchen & Lounge offers Craft Cocktails and American Cuisine with an International Twist

Inside the vintage, Prohibition-inspire lounge at Sadie Kitchen & Lounge.
Inside the vintage, Prohibition-inspire lounge at Sadie. Photo courtesy of Sadie Kitchen & Lounge.

Written by Nadia Ibanez

I’m a huge fan of restaurant and hotel makeovers. Whether the space has been completely re-gutted and only the original foundation is intact, or the property has a total menu/service facelift, I always enjoy the before and after story. One such success story is the Sadie Kitchen & Lounge in Hollywood. Located on North Las Palmas Avenue and near the Hollywood city center, Sadie has a new look, menu, and entertainment offerings.

The courtyard at Sadie Kitchen
The courtyard at Sadie Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Sadie Kitchen & Lounge.

I didn’t know much about Sadie prior to its reincarnation, but I was definitely excited to check out the restaurant’s revamped menu and space. However, after doing some research, I found out that Sadie’s lot was once home to the Les Deux nightclub, THE spot that everyone talked about in my early 20s, as well as a short-lived gastropub.

Tucked away and in between Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd., just blocks from Hollywood and Highland Center, Sadie is ideal for having a delicious meal and craft cocktails underneath the sky — and among the city’s in-the-know crowd.

Sadie Kitchen & Lounge's Summer Lovin' cocktail.
Sadie’s Summer Lovin’ cocktail. Photo courtesy of Sadie Kitchen & Lounge.

We visited Sadie for dinner on a Friday night and sat outside underneath the stars. The outdoor courtyard was connected to a dimly lit bar, where mixologists were serving traditional and newly imagined cocktails. Spend a few moments inside the vintage, Prohibition-inspired bar or take a seat on the perfectly-lit patio. The general manager, Patrick Doherty, and our server suggested a few different cocktails and we ordered a few throughout the evening.

Cocktails from Sadie Kitchen & Lounge
Not sure which cocktail to try at Sadie Kitchen & Lounge? Just try them all. (From left to right: Kentucky Ninja, Summer Lovin’ and Oaxacan Through Italy.)

Our favorites were the Kentucky Ninja, a concoction of Japanese single malt whiskey, bourbon, fresh lemon juice, lavender-infused wild honey, and a spray of bitters; the Oaxacan Through Italy, an aggressive yet refreshing mix of Mezcal, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Cynar, and singed orange peel; Summer Lovin’, with Bombay gin, strawberry melon syrup, Aperol, lemon juice, and soda water; and the Bramble; a fruity mix of Bombay gin, fresh lemon juice, Crème de Mure, and fresh blackberries. If beer is more your speed, Sadie has a number of SoCal brews on tap, along with a wine and bubbly list.

The food menu at Sadie is a perfect combination of American cuisine with international inspirations. Menu items take a nod to the spices and tastes from Morocco, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, and more. If you’re looking for an adventurous approach to the standard comfort food, Sadie Kitchen & Lounge is a definite must-try. With Executive Chef Jonathan Moulton and Mixologist Giovanni Martinez manning the restaurant and lounge, how could you not be in good hands?

Sadie's Maine Lobster Hush Puppies
Sadie’s Maine Lobster Hush Puppies

We started our meal with a couple of appetizers: the Maine Lobster Hush Puppies and Oysters on the Half Shell. The creamy oysters paired perfectly with the plump and crispy hush puppies drizzled with a lemon crème fraiche. Our server also brought out some house-made buttermilk biscuits with bacon- and coffee-infused butter.

Other notable appetizers that we’ll be checking out the next time we’re in town are the Portabello Fries with a truffle-yuzu koshu aioli; the Roasted Cauliflower with golden raisins, herbs, and tahini sauce; the Charred Thai Curry Lamb Ribs with cucumber, peanuts, herb salad, and house-made green curry; and the Duck Confit Flatbread, with baba ganoush, caramelized onions, smoked mozzarella, pickled onions, and spiced chilies.

Sadie's Crispy-Skinned New Zealand Snapper and the Grass-Fed Beef Burger in the background.
Sadie’s Crispy-Skinned New Zealand Snapper and the Grass-Fed Beef Burger in the background.

Just before we stuffed ourselves with the starters, we ordered Sadie’s Grass-Fed Beef Burger and the Crispy-Skinned New Zealand Tai Snapper. Both dishes had the right amount of texture and balanced tastes. The burger was loaded with a tomato confit, coleslaw, white cheddar, crispy prosciutto, fried egg, and bacon aioli. The snapper sat on a bed of grilled bok choy and aromatic rice, with a hunan chili vinaigrette. The rice is actually formed into a rice cake and crisped in a fryer, adding an extra crunch to the already-crispy fish dish.

Sadie's Fried Chicken
Sadie’s Fried Chicken. Photo courtesy of Sadie Kitchen & Lounge.

Sadie is also known for its Fried Chicken with sweet potato waffles and maple Siracha butter, along with the Mole-Rubbed New York Steak with grilled nopalita salad, Oaxacan cheese, and huitlacoche butter. The restaurant takes pride in sourcing local produce, sustainable and free-range ingredients, so don’t be afraid to ask questions about the menu when you visit.

And if you have it in you, Sadie offers a number of sweet endings to your meal. We tried the Seasonal Berry Upside-Down Cake with peaches and cream ice cream, but we’ll definitely come back to try the restaurant’s specialty: a Warm Butter Cake with braised pineapple and a miso butterscotch.

Inside the vintage-inspired lounge at Sadie.
Inside the vintage-inspired lounge at Sadie.

Everything we tried at Sadie Kitchen & Lounge was delicious. The unique lighting fixtures and DJ set made for the perfect ambiance – and we hear live acoustic and jazz music will also be part of the new entertainment offerings. If you’re in Los Angeles and are seeking a tasty restaurant that will afford a long, leisurely night, definitely drop by Sadie Kitchen & Lounge. It’s an experience all in its own.

For more information, visit http://www.sadiela.com/.

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