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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

June's Where to Drink Now: Barbrix

“I hate to admit it, but I’ve been around for a while,” says Claudio Blotta, co-owner of the recently opened Barbrix, whose resume spans 27 years and is dotted with longtime Los Angeles hotspots like Campanile and La Brea Bakery. No wonder residents of LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood have quickly taken notice of his new restaurant and wine bar, which he opened with his wife, Adria, three weeks ago. With a concept that focuses more on casual than chic, the Blottas have created a literally homey environment, converting a former house into a 70-seat bar, dining room and outdoor patio.

The wine list offers a taste of everything from Argentina to Slovenia, with $6 to $10 glass pours and bottles available for as little as $19. And the beer list, while abbreviated, features some interesting and food-friendly brews, like Stiegl Gold and Schneider Edel-Weisse. As for the food, think farmer’s-market fresh with Mediterranean flare: highlights include creamy deviled eggs with bouquerones, farro salad and roasted pork belly, as well as an impressive cheese and charcuterie menu.

2242 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles; 323-662-2442; barbrix.com