If a restaurant’s name contains a specific dish, chances are that’s the menu item to get. Exhibit A: LA favorite Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. No ordering a tuna sandwich there, right?
Though I was initially disappointed to discover the neon Chicken and Beer sign on Spring Mountain is not, in fact, advertising a restaurant named Chicken and Beer, it did lead me to Bazic, an interesting Korean bar with an eclectic menu.
- 5115 Spring Mountain Road
- Tue-Sat, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.
- Sun, 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Start with Bazic’s chicken (five pieces for $9; 10 for $18). It’s fried perfectly, if a bit underseasoned for my tastes. I suggest ordering it with Korean-style sauce ($1), which nicely brings sweet and spicy. Served with a housemade cabbage slaw and pickled radishes, the chicken is an interesting twist on a familiar dish.
Don’t skip the grilled corn butter with cheese ($5). It’s real, and it’s spectacular—those ingredients were made to be together. Other notable offerings include the spicy chicken bulgogi with cheese ($13)—spicy, in this case, quite the understatement—and the orange pure chicken ($10), a take on traditional Chinese orange chicken in a bite-sized format.
Bazic has an authentic feel that might make non-Asians uncomfortable were it not for the super-friendly staff. Tables feature ringers—think doorbells—to alert waiters when you need more food or drink. Or you could bring along a neon sign that says “Grilled Corn Butter With Cheese.”