Friday, October 19, 2012
GOOD TASTE ... AT CORA'S
A funny thing happened a few weeks ago while I was reading a local restaurant review in The Santa Monica Lookout. Two words in the review -- "tragically hip" -- really struck me. I've only heard one person use that expression, my friend Barbara who I hadn't seen in 20 years. I scrolled-up to the byline and, sure enough, it was her. Barbara coined the term years ago to describe a restaurant called Tryst -- one of those trendy celebrity spots that come and go in L.A. faster than you can say "B-List" -- and I never forgot it. You see, Tryst slapped us in the face. Shortly after Barbara and I ordered dinner there one fateful night, the maitre d' told us we had to move to a 'lesser' table so they could give ours to Sylvester Stallone. We left in disgust -- which was "tragic" for them -- as it was just a matter of time before the next "hip" replacement came along. Treat enough customers the way Tryst treated us, and your business will be Rocky in more ways than one. Now, 20 years later, Barb is in a position to help folks make more informed restaurant choices. I e-mailed her right away and we made plans to meet for lunch. Not only that, but she encouraged me to pick the location -- a place I had never tried -- and said she'd review it. I picked "Cora's Coffee Shoppe" on Ocean Avenue, mainly because their 50's style neon sign has always intrigued me. The food was good but the company was better. You can read all about it in Barbara's "Good Taste" column: Cora's Coffee Shoppe. And guess what? I'm now officially part of the "Good Taste" entourage!