The Morrison - Happy Hour
November 12th, 2013
By: Wendy Castellanos-Wolf
Where the Los Angeles River Bike path meets the 5 Freeway and across from the Golf Course, exists an excellent location for a restaurant. And while all paths lead to this intersection on Los Feliz Blvd., every restaurant that has opened at this locale has had the terrible tragedy of going out of business. For a long time it was the Golf Course Café, (boring…) At one point it was a posh Armenian Restaurant and Banquet Hall, (probably not going there unless I am invited.) Later, it was a trendy Sushi bar, (interested, but I’m going through my no sushi phase.)
I have lived and dined in LA for a very long time now and while this location has always peaked my curiosity, I have always driven by without much intention of ever stopping. Recently, I made my way down Los Feliz Blvd. and noticed that the latest reincarnation of this locale had a big banner announcing Happy Hour. (Finally, the perfect excuse to go!)
The Morrison has Happy Hour every day from 4pm to 7pm. Deals include $5 craft draft beers and wine, $10 bottomless mimosas, and various food items at a reduced price like Salami Chop Salad and Cod n’ Chips for under $10. I met up with some friends on a Friday night, catching the end of the Happy Hour deals and was instantly impressed with their vast beer list which includes an array of elusive Belgium bottles, to fancy CA drafts as well as a Scotch list that rivals many I have seen about town.
The Morrison claims to be a “new laid back gastro-pub serving up modern twists on traditional Scottish fare,” and I will agree with part of this statement. The Morrison is a gastro-pub that feels like the type of place hipsters would hang out in while they casually watch the sports game. Which sport? It doesn’t matter. The bar has a modern style décor while maintaining a sense of comfort, but laid back is not a word I would use to describe it. Perhaps if our waitress had been more laid back, I might have been more apt to feeling what the KLK restaurant group is trying to portray. I was there with a friend of mine who happens to be a comedic actress and her description of our waitress by the end of our Happy Hour experience, after we had been snubbed and ignored, been on the receiving end of her bad mood and continued to sit there taking it with a smile, was “She’s not in a good place, but she never is…”
Despite our terrible service, the overall consensus of the table was that the food was decent. Nothing to write home about, but good quality and edible. Our table split a cheese board and fries and then some people in our party ordered from the dinner menu. None of our food was particularly Scottish or even close to a modern interpretation of that country’s cuisine. In fact, afterwards I studied the menu and noticed that most items, minus the Scotch Egg and Shepherd’s Pie were like anything else one would find at any other L.A. gastro-pub.
I think that The Morrison has potential. If they hired a friendlier staff and actually made some traditional Scottish fare with an interesting twist, they could possibly be the first restaurant at this location to succeed. I’m rooting for them.
3179 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Happy Hour: Everyday, 4pm – 7pm
$5 Beer, Wine by the Glass, Well Drinks + Food Specials
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