Upper West: A Fun Take on the American Menu

Every now and then, everyone can use a break from the studying, and divert from the typical student diet of Ramen Noodles, cheap fast food, and cereal. The American menu at the restaurant Upper West, located at 3321 Pico Blvd. is fun and interesting with twists like Walla Walla onion marmalade offered with their hamburgers ($15), or spiced Pastrami-style Nueski’s bacon on a BLT ($14).

Upper West feels like a fine-dining experience, with high-end food at double digit prices. But the kicker is that during happy hour, many of the items on the menu drop to a moderately priced $10.

The restaurant opened in 2010 with its high ceilings and trendy interior, that display a modern and welcoming feeling. Upper West’s ambiance sets the perfect vibe for a date, business meeting, or causal dinner with friends. But while the interior helps to create an enjoyable atmosphere, the exceptional service sets your experience beyond expectations.

A must try on Upper West’s menu is the gluten-free Mac & Cheese ($13). Asiago and Irish White Cheddar spiced with Tarragon defines a new meaning to the classic dish. Tarragon, an herb traditionally found in French cooking, adds an edgy taste, making the cheeses feel less heavy.

The most popular appetizer of the house is the Burrata ($12); a cheese made from mozzarella and cream, served with green apple and blackberry Panzanella, that is perfect to share between two people.

Upper West is open for lunch and dinner, turning into a bar in the evenings. With a good selection of wine, beer, and excellent cocktails, you may find yourself in an all-day affair.

A must-have from the bar is the Pepperoncini Martini, made with pepperoncini, tomato juice, Belgian white beer and tequila at $10, they break all the rules for a regular martini. They also offer a wide selection of refreshing non-alcoholic cocktails, such as the mint lemonade, a traditional lemonade served with mint leaves.

Happy hour is every day from 5p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.