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Infatuation Calls Beverly Hills Icon The Polo Lounge a Waste of Time and Money

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Plus Iron Chef news, the Museum of Ice Cream stays, and more

Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills Hotel
The Polo Lounge
Beverly Hills Hotel
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Poor Polo Lounge

Hip-kid review site The Infatuation is known for taking down precious dining palaces wherever they may reign, including a scalding session at Vespertine not long ago. Now the Bud Light ad-heavy website is turning its snark on The Polo Lounge, a venerable dining institution with more than 75 years under its belt, calling the place nothing more than a ruse for “inedible food and insulting prices.”

The rant-y 0.5 (out of 10) rating leans in on the mediocre salads, burger, and Italian mains, but does little to discuss the classic decor or historical significance of the place. This is the restaurant that ultimately brought down a president with Watergate, and has played host to countless meals and meetings among the Hollywood elite. While it’s certainly not of-the-moment and may never win the requisite culinary awards, there is certainly history, context, and a lot of fun to be found out on the Polo Lounge patio.

One more time

Downtown’s Museum of Ice Cream is doing one final extension, with tickets available as of October 18 for timings through December 18. Management says this will be the last time the museum actually opens up more tickets, so anyone looking to get some plastic sprinkles in their socks had better act fast.

Ted Hopson competes

The Bellwether chef Ted Hopson is set to be a contestant on this year’s run of Iron Chef. The former Father’s Office and Lukshon lead has been crafting a successful restaurant up in the Valley for a couple of years now, and now jumps into the ring as part of the December Christmas Special for the show.

Hollywood bar crawl time

There’s a big fun Hollywood bar crawl happening this weekend, and it’s being led by pairs of actual local bartenders. Minibar Hollywood is helping to throw the $50 event, which goes down on Sunday and includes stops at places like Ever Bar, Lost Property, Lono, Sassafras, The Hungry Cat, and more.

LA is new California cuisine

Chef Derrick De Jesus is doing a Feastly dinner pop-up next Thursday called Hubris. The idea that the native Angeleno will bring fine dining technique to local produce and heavily localized flavors. The multi-course meal runs $55.

Westbound gets down

There’s a big boozy (boos’y?) Halloween party going down at Westbound all month long says LA Magazine, as the throwback Arts District bar transforms into its evil twin Ghostbound. What that really means is fall drink specials, a charming back patio update, and a whole lot of perfectly kitschy Halloween decor.

Palm Springs living

There’s a new restaurant and associated rooftop lounge situation out in Palm Springs, as the La Serena Villas property adds downstairs eatery Azucar to the mix. Up on the roof is Sugar High, a shared plates and cocktails kind of lounge, just off the pool — and just in time for winter weather.

Azucar and Sugar High, Palm Springs
La Serena Villas