I'd gone to First and Hope a while ago for lunch and enjoyed it but hadn't been back. It's right next to the Music Center in Los Angeles, so we made reservations for 8:45 after a 6:30 show at the Mark Taper Forum. The restaurant is beautiful--sort of a 1940s supper club theme--and was sparsely populated at that hour on a Sunday on a holiday weekend. Apparently the kitchen closes at 9 so we ordered right away, starting with a nice glass of white wine and a good negroni. We shared a tasty iceberg wedge with bleu cheese and bacon. Then I had a large, delicious plate of scallops and my partner had the daily special, a chicken pot pie that he said was wonderful (and he knows his pot pies). Service was attentive and pleasant, a little on the formal side. We live near downtown, so we expect we will be back again soon!
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