I actually dined at BLT Steak in Washington DC before trying the Los Angeles outpost. Luckily for me, shortly after my move to Los Angeles, BLT opened on Sunset Blvd. bringing great American cuisine to Sunset Plaza.
The atmosphere feels some what conservative to me - more like an East Coast restaurant. Dark leather chairs and booths make for a warm environment and lots of room for relaxing. They get lots of credit for their incredible pop-overs, which are served straight from the oven to your table with a huge salt shaker and butter. They are cheesy, doughy, warm and delicious. But try not to eat the entire thing as they are filling.
Also complimentary is chicken liver pate in a jar with grilled bread. Pate is not my favorite, nevertheless real offal lovers are thrilled.
The menu is straight forward and American. Starters include oysters, a wonderful tuna tartare with avacado, soy lime dressing and fried onions and a wide range of salads: spinach, lobster cobb, vegetable and caesar.
My advice: share a starter. Portions are quite large and you will never make it to your entree, especially if you've eaten your pop-over. The tuna tartare is my favorite.
Although it is a steak house, and their steaks are delicious, particularly the porterhouse for 2, I usually find myself ordering things other than steaks. Last night I tried the branzini with fennel puree. This was not my favorite fish. It tasted too much of the ocean for my likes.
We also had the lemon rosemary chicken. It comes in a dutch oven with a lovely heaping of its cooking juices.
Their lobster is also good, but once I ordered it and it came out a bit too dry. It too is served in a dutch oven with a lovely lemon grass broth.
Sides are not to be missed. A few of my favorites are the brussels sprouts with with bacon and the sweet potato with amaretti. They also put out a mean mashed potato. Skip the asparagus. They are huge and flavorless.
Blackboard specials seem to change a few times a season. As of late they are offering a wonderful lamb shank as well as braised greens on the side and glazed carrots. All were wonderful. A great deal is the blackboard special - ordering entirely from the specials gets you an appetizer, entree, side and dessert, all for $50. It's really a fantastic deal and a lot of food. A friend and I split it and were stuffed.
Desserts are lovely as well. Last night I tried the lemon meringue. The crust was mildly sweet and the meringue was artfully done in cylindars standing up. The only thing I didn't like was the addition of blueberries between the lemon custard and the merigue. It was served along side lemon sorbet on top of a short bread cookie.
The blackboard special dessert right now is a carrot cake, which is also perfectly satisfying.