Hollywood: Wood & Vine
Wood and Vine opened in February and I consider it a smashing success I managed to get there within 6 months of its opening. A friend had her birthday there last week and after happy hour at Delphine, we went to nearby Wood and Vine for drinks. Some arrived later and ordered charcuterie plates and the like. Wood & Vine is known for their fried chicken and waffles as well their farmers market driven menu.
For my first cocktail, I tried the Bonnie and Clyde (Redemption rye, Bols Genever, Benedictine, Aperol, Miracle Mile yuzu bitters). Oooh, very lovely. Later a friend would comment I was daring to get a cocktail with both rye and genever. Well, that’s how the Minty rolls.
I was too full to really do more than nibble on the edge of the duck gallatine from the first charcuterie plate. I’d like to come back to try more of the small plates. The scallops looked good (though it’s only 3 small scallops to an order).
I actually think the Gin and Roses (Hendricks & Nolet gins, lime, lavender & rose syrups) with the two different gins was the sneaky drink that packed a whallop. With that innocent pink hue, it didn’t seem like it’d be that strong. Ah, wonderful gin.
Wood & Vine offers 3, 5 or 7 items for their charcuterie plate. I will admit to tasting the foie gras from the second platter because no matter how full you are, you can’t go wrong with a little foie.
Under the Dark Booze section, I was trying to decide between the Hunter (Redemption rye, Heering cherry, lemon), the Black Manhattan (Maker’s Mark, Averna, cherries) or the Sophisticate (Kentucky vintage bourbon, sweet vermouth, Campari, flamed orange). As you can see from the photo, I chose the Sophisticate. Gastronomnom said it tasted like a whiskey negroni and I agree.
There was a consensus from folks who tried the fried chicken and waffles (really, bits of chicken and one waffle) that it was good. However, if I had ordered this, I would have been bummed there wasn’t enough chicken.Good thing the charcuterie plate is a much better value.
Wood & Vine offers a late-night happy hour from 11 p.m. to close. I decided this was a good time to try the Sunset Limited (Old Overholt rye, lemon basil, lemon). This was a much lighter drink. I tend to hit my cocktails hard and then want something to mellow out to by the rest of the evening.
I want to go back to Wood & Vine to try the food. I could always go for chops, a steak or mussels. Perhaps dinner soon!