Library Alehouse: Bitchin’ Buffalo

by janet on January 14th, 2007

Library Alehouse is the sort of place where you say, “Library Alehouse” and people go, “Ooooh I love that place.” It’s on Main Street in SantaMonicaVenice. I believe the primary objective of most people who go is to drink beer, but I’ve never done that. (I do have a probably-stolen Library Alehouse pint glass in my house, but I truly don’t know how it got there…) They have 29 beers on draught, so it’s probably a great place for people who are sick of the crowds and pretense of Father’s Office.

I’ve gone there thrice for a meal, the latest time with James. Library Alehouse has a really delightful outdoor patio at the back of the restaurant (you have to go through the kitchen area to get there), which was decorated with poinsettias in this holiday season.

I was slated to go to Acapulco’s later that night for Margarita Monday (post forthcoming) so I wanted to avoid the tortilla chips…but Library Alehouse’s salsa is so freaking delicious that it was a lost cause from the beginning. It’s smoky, garlicky, and so flavorful.

I was able to refrain from the tortilla soup. James ordered it, however, and he says he doesn’t remember hating it. Fair enough. I realize that I spend a lot of my time eating tortilla soup, so perhaps a post on tortilla soups around LA is in order. I thought this soup was great but I was extremely hungry so I don’t recall the actual taste, just that it had calories in it and that was good. I realized though that I prefer thin strips of tortilla chips on my soup (rather than this “I grabbed some chips and crushed them over your soup for you.”).

James ordered the fajitas. I think it’s safe to say that you can order fajitas anywhere and they will be pretty good. When asked about these fajitas, James says, “It was all fine. That’s all I’m going to say.”

I know. Right now you are thinking in a Chandler voice: “Could this post BE any less descriptive?” When I step into a restaurant, I hope it’s going to be great, or else I hope it’s going to be bad, because either way it makes for an interesting post. Crazy waiter faux pas or interesting incidents such as dogs getting stepped on are great blog fodder too. When a restaurant is just good it’s, like, the worst. Just the fact that this post has been languishing in the “drafts” section of WordPress for over a month is a bad sign.

I will applaud Library Alehouse for not skimping on the supporting actors for the fajitas, though. James got a nice big dollop of guac and other furnishings.

I had the Buffalo Mozzarella Sandwich, which has buffalo mozzarella (bufmo?), roma tomato, avocado, and basil with olive oil and balsamic vinegar on ciabatta bread. The bread was excellent. No wonder people go apeshit for Jack in the Box’s ciabatta line. Even a crappy version of this bread is sure to be delish. The bufmo was really mild; indistinguishable to me from regmo (regular mozzarella) so either it’s good or they were screwing me and using normal mo. This sandwich was essentially a caprese salad in between yummy bread with a key addition – avocadoooooo. Glorious. My only qualm was that there wasn’t enough balsamic vinegar to give this sandwich enough of a kick. The tomatoes were mild as tomatoes go, as was the cheese; basil is fragrant but not savory and avocado, while my favorite food in the world, has no tang. Once I corrected it with extra dressing things were good for a while, but then the mozzarella became too much.

To fix this, halfway through I deconstructed my bufmo sammy into an avocado ciabatta sandwich with a caprese salad on the side. How gourmet. I’m a genius.

Library Alehouse
2911 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

One Response to “Library Alehouse: Bitchin’ Buffalo”

  1. James says:

    I would like to point out, for the record, that my opinion of this meal was requested many weeks after I ate it, to which my response was: “I don’t really remember much about it, so I’m guessing everything tasted fine.” The “that’s all I have to say” part is due to the fact that I just don’t remember much about this meal. I’m not really as cranky as this post makes me out to be.

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