How to distract yourself as you wait for an Elle for Leather cocktail (blended scotch, vanilla syrup, and a touch of effervescence — very tasty) at First & Hope Supper Club’s bar: Gaze at the 6,000-square-foot art deco space, idle at the outdoor patio (opening soon), see who’s performing in the cabaret, or pour yourself a glass from the Enomatic wine dispenser ($1-$15, depending on the varietal).
But really, you’re there to eat Shelley Cooper’s extroverted, Southern-inflected cooking. It’s organized into small, medium, large, and extra-large plates, and runs from crabmeat pot pie ($11) to a dessert called the LAPD Doughnut Shake Down ($11), which involves whipped cream, fried foods, and, maybe later, some regret.
The Praise the Lard (bourbon-braised pork cheeks, kurobuta pork belly, and crispy pig ears with egg, tomatoes, and cheese grits with maple dressing, $14) has been getting a lot of advance chatter. But the crisp, comforting flatbreads with toppings like chicken, apple fig jam, mustard greens, and balsamic glaze just might steal the show.
First & Hope Supper Club, 710 West First Street, at Hope Street, Downtown (213-617-8555 or firstandhope.com). Get 30 percent off lunch and dinner for the next two weeks by mentioning DailyCandy when making a reservation.
Photo: Courtesy of First & Hope Supper Club