As the years have led to urban expansion, only one Los Angeles winery has stood the test of time. The San Antonio Winery and Restaurant in Lincoln Heights is so beloved as a local drinking institution, it was given cultural monument status in 1966. Since then, the hidden-away winery, down a few side streets in an industrial part of the downtown area, has been quietly serving up glasses of fine wine from their Italian-style villa. Terracotta roofs and tall greenery line the exterior of this operational winery, which has been bottling since 1917. Free wine tastings and tours are available daily, and the attached Maddalena restaurant serves homey Italian food.
Bellflower's Thai Orchid Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Thai Orchid Restaurant's menu.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at Thai Orchid Restaurant.
Thai Orchid Restaurant can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the restaurant does not accept reservations.
Thai Orchid Restaurant tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Cheap meals don't have to lack flavor as shown by the innovative dishes coming out of Thai Orchid Restaurant's kitchen.
Dine at California Canteen for a lovely French meal.
California Canteen is also a great pick for restricted eaters, with plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
California Canteen guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at California Canteen.
California Canteen is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on California Canteen's complimentary wifi.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the restaurant, it's best to reserve a table before heading over.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back California Canteen is ultra casual.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
You can also grab your food to go.
Valet service is offered in the lot next door, where patrons can choose to park their own vehicles as well. When the lot gets busy, diners can turn to street parking.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on California Canteen's moderately priced fare.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
When you walk into Bacaro, you're literally surrounded by wine. Look up and you'll see countless bottles encased in a glass display in the ceiling; look ahead and you'll see dozens more standing in neat rows behind the bar. A list of international, small-production wines fills one wall, scrawled on a chalkboard like a PTA's happy-hour menu. Rounding out the constantly changing selection is house-made sangria and an equally impressive lineup of international craft beers.
Executive chef Lior Hillel, who honed his skills at New York's illustrious Jean-Georges, prepares a menu that vibes with the focus on wine. Italian-style cicchetti?small-plate servings similar to tapas?are served in hot and cold varieties, ranging from poached shrimp in a citrus-chili sauce to a lamb-stuffed eggplant topped with lemon-garlic emulsion. These inventive sauces are some of the best parts of each dish, as the restaurant bottles and sells them both onsite and at Whole Foods and other local retailers.
Los Angeles Oktoberfest invites visitors to celebrate the changing seasons with two days of traditional Bavarian revelry. Hosted by Bob Guiney from ABC's The Bachelor, the festival invites attendees to fill their glass steins with any of the 19 available German beers and purchase hearty platefuls of bratwurst, giant pretzels, and strudel. Live bands lead traditional, sing-along drinking tunes, a Bavarian dance group performs for joyous audiences, and a strolling accordionist weaves through the crowds while playing familiar German melodies. In addition to bidding on sports memorabilia at the silent-auction table, patrons can also test their arm strength by competing in the stein-holding competition, which rewards the winners with lifetime admission to the Los Angeles Oktoberfest and a brand new pair of steel biceps to replace the old, used-up ones.
Zuri Wine Tasting's wine enthusiast Tuanni Price and her staff travel far and wide to introduce groups to their new favorite vintages. During in-home tastings, customers can create candy-cane-colored lips with the help of reds and whites such as pinot noir, syrah, and riesling. After setting up a wine bar with the night's choices and glasses, specialists offer information about each selection along with pours. Light snacks such as crackers, cheeses, and chocolate cleanse palates between sips and intertwine delicately with the nuanced wine flavors.
In the past, Zuri Wine Tasting has also organized special events such as blindfolded wine tastings and tastings paired with movie screenings. Wine tours chauffeur groups on a motor coach from Los Angeles to Solvang, where they enjoy a mimosa brunch followed by a tasting at Rideau Vineyard.