In the middle of the sprawl of Sunset Strip, an ode de 1923 Provence comes in the form of a double-pitch roofline and hip new eatery called Eveleigh (E-VER-LEE). The visual journey begins along a peat gravel path and teak deck under a wooden pergola through white barn-style door. Eveleigh is divided between a large rustic bar with shiny tin top surrounded by galley-style dining room with reclaimed wood floor and glimpses of an open kitchen and glass-enclosed wine cellar. The real beauty of Eveleigh, however, is located on her backside with convertible top of retractable ceiling facing a row of olive trees and twinkling skyline view that's immediately one of the best outdoor dining scenes in the city - as long as it's not wet or cold.
We were thrilled to see one of the final unfashionable chain stores vacate the Sunset Strip, but to be replaced with such a worthy dining room as Eveleigh was a true delight. A community-inspired menu of small and large plates begins with crispy squid with lemon aioli, roasted squash with trumpet mushrooms and fried eggplant salad with rice wine vinaigrette. Larger entrée plates include a hefty braised beef cheek with roasted carrots, rib eye with chanterelles and lackluster 4-shrimp dish that tasted like it was on a bed of mayonnaise. Don't miss the sides like grilled Brussels sprouts and Mac n' Cheese. Meals are topped-off with a dark chocolate frozen sandwich with banana ice cream or vanilla yogurt panna cotta for dessert.
If you’re an LA regular or just a frequent visitor, you’ve likely passed this shaded spot opposite famed-Il Sole once home to Kenneth Cole and his edgy cubicle-ready fashions.