LA’s Fabulous Food Gems: Bacaro L.A. Wine Bar

I’ve been frequenting this cozy wine bar since it first opened a couple of years ago, and while I loved it then, it’s only gotten better, and my love for it has only grown stronger. There are countless wine bars in LA, but it isn’t easy to find one that places just as much focus on the quality of the food as it does on the wine selection.  This place accomplishes just that and more, and is yet another spot where I’ve never ordered something I didn’t like!  An intimate space in the USC area, Bacaro serves a great selection of delectable small plates ranging from creative crostinis with toppings like mascarpone, fresh ricotta, olive tapenade, or blue cheese, to perfectly cooked  steak flavored with thyme and lemon, and desserts like Nutella panini and bread budding.

Bacaro Crostinis

Food and drinks are all priced very reasonably: Individual plates are $8, or every 3 plates for $21.  The daily wine and beer list is written on the wall-sized chalk board.  And it wouldn’t be a wine bar without a cheese plate option!  You can get creative by mixing and matching various artisinal cheeses with sides like walnuts, honey, dates, and more.

Menu Must-Haves:

Eggplant stuffed with Ground Lamb Leg: This is a relatively new addition to the menu, and it is absolutely phenomenal.  The balance of garlic, herbs, and spices in the ground lamb is just right.  Eggplant is tender and surrounded by a crisp breading. The genius combination is topped with a delicious yogurt sauce and a “lemon chip” – the crunchy citrus in each bite brings all the components together perfectly. If you were to order just one item, this should be it.

Eggplant stuffed with Ground Lamb Leg

Steak with Thyme and Lemon: Petit filet mignon is grilled to perfection (and cooked to your liking) then sliced into six moderately thin pieces, flavored with fresh thyme, sea salt, lemon and served with an extra wedge for added acidity. If you’re like me and LOVE meat, you must come for their “Beefsteak Sundays” (first Sunday of every month) and try the all-you-can-eat steak and wine. What more could you ask for?

Steak Thyme and Lemon

Cauliflower: If you’re on the fence about this vegetable, this would be the place to try it – you WILL enjoy it.  The white florets are just slightly crisped on the outside, left tender on the inside, and drizzled with a spicy sauce.  So simple, but a delicious and healthy option.

Spicy Cauliflower

Bacaro Burger: This isn’t just any burger – trust me. A healthy sized, juicy patty is placed on a thick square of toasted brioche bread with a slice of fresh tomato, grilled onions, and parsley, served open faced and topped with a secret sauce that is out of this world.

Bacaro Burger

White Bean Bruschetta: The bruschetta dish includes four generous slices and you can choose two different toppings.  I love the white bean topping so much I always order a double helping of it! Toasty fresh baguette topped with a blend of white beans, extra virgin olive oil, and lots of garlic.  Seriously yum.


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2308 S. Union Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

(213) 748-7205

3 Responses to “LA’s Fabulous Food Gems: Bacaro L.A. Wine Bar”

  1. joe Says:

    who is the chef ?

  2. noa Says:

    Liors food is so good it makes want to take him home with me ! ! !
    love it ! ! !

  3. Ryan Ray Says:

    Lior Hillel is the chef. He is awesome and makes some of the best food I’ve ever tasted!

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