The Caruso group, whether or not you're a fan, has undisputedly done a lot to disrupt the concept of a shopping mall and its potential to be a shop/eat/play destination at a much higher quality than we'd seen in most other complexes in California. The Americana at Brand is one example where management has strategically brought together global brands, and better diversity in sit-down dining options.
Bourbon Steak is one that I would say I am most excited about, and the biggest reasons are right there in and behind the name. Their craft cocktail / bar program is sophisticated, especially those featuring a well curated selection of lesser known bourbon and whiskey. And their steaks are dry-aged and I would say among the best that I've had in the city, but they don't stop at the one thing - other dishes on the menu take popular staples and elevate them to a new level with unexpected combinations of flavors, and clear pride in quality of ingredients (befitting of renowned chef Michael Mina, owner).
business lunch for $28 that allows office workers to do quick ins-and-outs, it was the Wood-Fired Grill section that really drew our attention: the Ribeye 18oz ($54 - picture to the left is just half of the steak, as I split one with @foodventure to allow us to taste more dishes) was dry-aged in house, beautifully marbled and seared perfectly to smokey char outside, and juicy, tender, gorgeous medium rare inside. This was definitely the best steak I'd had in the SFV, and one of the best in LA.
As you can see in the video below, each one is torched to release aromas designed to accentuate corresponding flavor profiles in each spirit.
Here are the pairings from our tasting:
- Larceny with orange peel
- Templeton Rye with cinnamon
- 1792 (aged 9 years) with sugar cubes - this one was my favorite with caramel notes and the smoked sugar evoked the tops of creme brulee
To help customers discover / learn more about top shelf whiskeys, Bourbon Steak runs a special promotion, Whiskey Wednesdays, where you can taste three featured labels for $5 each. Can't think of a better way to get through hump days.
All in all, a fantastic spot for a real Mad Men style power lunch, or just a highly indulgent one when mere mortals have the occasion to splurge. And for those who want to learn more about whiskys / bourbons from very knowledgeable, world class service staff. Happy Hour is daily from 4-7pm which is a great time to get access to the fantastic cocktail program as well.
With Hollywood heavyweights like Disney, Warner Bros, Universal and Technicolor all in the surrounding neighborhoods, I could definitely see Bourbon Steak being a go-to for power lunches, client dinners and elevated happy hour.
- every Monday, all bottles of wine are 50% off
- every Wednesday, three featured top shelf whiskeys are available for $5 each
*Disclaimer: this meal was hosted.
237 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204
Parking: Structure at The Americana at Brand
Look for reservations (and rewards points!) at OpenTable.