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The Churchill Adds Rustic Charm to West Third Street

Highlights on the menu include wood-fired pizzas, strong cocktails and some sweet treats.

The Churchill makes a good first impression. Warm and open atmosphere? Check. Appetizing menu? Double check.

The latest restaurant and bar to open on West Third Street from 's Beau Laughlin and Brett Cranston adds some industrial and rustic charm to the vibrant neighborhood. Take a seat in a dark leather upholstered booth, discuss the novelty of drinking water served in a mason jar and choose from a variety of dishes on a menu sourced from sustainable and local products.

Cured meats and fish, pastas, pickled vegetables, bread and desserts are made in-house daily. We found the drinks to be deliciously strong with a flair for the creative. Key ingredients can include peppers, pumpkin and even bacon.

Meet a friend, head out with colleagues to catch happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. or take advantage of the dimly lit dining room and bring a dinner date.

The Vibe: Think of the Churchill as the larger and more provincial brother of . There's that same photo booth, but in taking over the two-story space on West Third, the Churchill acquired a smokey wood oven and plenty of street-level patio. With its wooden floors and old-fashioned Edison light bulbs, the Churchill takes a little of the old world with the new to create a rustic, turn-of-the-century gastropub.

Greatest Dish Ever: We can't stop thinking about their wood-oven pizzas. There are seven to choose from, ranging from the $12 traditional margarita, with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil, to the $15 artichoke pizza—a delicious fusion of marinated artichokes, pistachios, burrata and olives. The flavor combination will leave you wanting more.

Don’t Miss: The warm spiced doughnuts will rock your world. At $8, you get about two fist-sized pastries served with an apple puree and bourbon-bacon caramel dipping sauces. The Churchill makes these decadent deep-fried, powder-covered treats to perfection.

Cool Factor: The cocktail selection here is one-of-a-kind. If you are feeling adventurous, two musts are the Revolver, a blend of fire-roasted pepper infused tequila, hibiscus, agave nectar and xocolati mole, and the Cedar Room, made from bacon-infused bourbon. Both are $12.

The Churchill, 8384 W. Third St., Los Angeles, 90048. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily: Monday-Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. Phone: 323-655-8384.

Terry November 14, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Oh Boy, just what W. Third street needs is another restaurant to add to the traffic conjestion on Third St. What city councilman received enough donations to okay this project?

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