Former Encore Vegas Wazuzu chef Jet Tila’s The Charleston wants to be everything to everyone. Restaurant? Check. Bar? Check. Monthly pop-up series? Check. Nightly live entertainment spanning genres from 80s cover bands to dueling pianos? Check. What can’t The Charleston do? Starting tonight at 10PM, yes 10PM, Tila plus partners Mike Lee, Jack M.Y. Lee, and Trey Martin open doors to the slightly modified Angel’s on Wilshire. The 1930s-style aesthetic may look quite the same, but Tila’s reasonably-priced $13 and under new American fusion comfort food menu is now in place: Short rib tacos with shaved Brussels sprouts and Korean salsa; margherita flatbread; pulled pork sliders. Funny enough, cocktails cost more than food. Tila’s bar menu has a mix of new and old libations made with fresh ingredients and range in price from $12 to $14. Five red/white wines by the glass, one bubbly, and standard/crafty beers mostly under $10. In addition to live entertainment (DJs, jazz, dueling pianos, hip hop acts, cover bands, comedy and karaoke nights) Tila plans to host monthly pop-ups (no stranger to the pop-up himself), and on board thus far is Evan Kleiman, KCRW “Good Food” host and chef of the shuttered Angeli Caffe.
Old Hollywood glamour dresses up in Santa Monica
The Rundown LA
March 28, 2012
With the Great Recession supposedly over, what better time for some Great Depression revelling?
Prep your best suspenders for some proper rug-cutting at The Charleston, where Santa Monica honors those golden days of pomade and prohibition with nightly live entertainment.
Come for everything from burlesque to rock cover bands, and karaoke to dueling pianos. Then stay for the drinks.
Start with the namesake Charleston, a healthy dose of Buffalo Trace whiskey, green chartreuse, Dom Benedictine, and angostura bitters.
For your date? The sweet and tart Kaffir Lime Pie (Stoli Vodka, Stoli Vanilla Vodka, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white).
Make sure to try Iron Chef veteran Jet Tila’s eclectic menu. Divide and conquer the bacon-wrapped dates and Korean salsa (short rib and Brussels sprouts in a corn tortilla) and sausage fennel & arugula flatbread.
Keep the cheese-crusted filet mignon crostini or the Charleston Burger (smoked Cheddar, arugula, onion marmalade and sun-dried tomato aioli) for yourself.
Meat and cheese hoarding: A Depression-era staple, no matter the decade.