You almost miss the sign for The Upper West as you careen off the 10 freeway and swing around Pico. An unassuming façade that bursts with human energy as you pass its front door your first blessing is that you scored a reservation at prime time. Settle down at your table before diving into the menu which hits all the right spots. Chargrilled octopus, braised pork belly wraps, and the infamous, tuna crispy tacos scream out. And that’s just from the appetizers. The ability of the wait staff to match the quality of the dishes with the stealth and speed by which it enters your gullet is uncanny. After a few rounds of cocktails and making it through the gambit of apps it’ll mark the moment to really get that voice up and running.
Alternative: If you're more into grabbing a Mexican dish stop into Lares. Great vibes, usually live music and goblets of margaritas.
A classic show hidden in a classic joint
• 8pm til after the encore •