A2 Rating Scale (out of 5):
WHAT: The Tripel – elevated pub fare at the beach
WHERE: Playa Del Rey
WHEN: all day errrrr day…well from 10:30AM-1AM which is kindof the same thing.
WHAT TO ORDER: after speaking to a few other diners who had “tasted and loved EVERYTHING” we were ready to make our choices. HIGHLY recommend: Balsamic Marinated Onion Rings ($6) — I’m not typically an onion ring type of girl (which is weird b/c I’m usually down for anything fried), but you better believe I made sure to get my share of these bad boys. And that spiced aioli they came with though….we asked for extra and proceeded to dip everything we ordered in it. And by dip, I mean bathe. And since a burger good enough for Jonathan Gold is a burger that’s good enough for us, we couldn’t decide between the aged rib eye pretzel burger ($12 – caramelized onion, poppy seed slaw, aged cheddar) and The Tripel Burger ($15 – duck confit, truffle sottocenere, arugula, and house made apricot jam)….so we ordered both. I preferred The Tripel Burger slightly more to The Pretzel Burger (why do I always like the more expensive options?), but we didn’t let anything go to waste. Lastly the Milk & Cookies ($8) — WARM chocolate chip cookies w/ Bourbon Milk stole our hearts and sealed the deal.
THROWBACK: Alex named The Tripel Burger one of the TOP at LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beer fest weeks back… so a true A2 stamp of approval for this bun on bun.
INSIDER’S TIP: Order the Sweet Potato Tots ($6) which are fine (not amaze) on their own, but more importantly dip them in sirracha and put them in your burger (either one really) for that PERFECT bite. Shout out to Dax for discovering this.
WHAT TO SKIP: Dax got a beer flight (4 beers – 2 light, 2 dark) which he didn’t love and Madison and I weren’t obsessed with our rosé (not that we didn’t drink it or anything offensive like that).
WHAT TO KNOW: The Tripel was opened by the same chefs that own Hudson House and Playa Provisions so you know you’re in good hands. Also, the service is on point. Our cookies took a while (they forgot to put our order in initially) so they ended up giving them to us on the house. We’re not mad at that. The only thing better than warm cookies is free warm cookies.
WHAT ELSE TO KNOW: There is the cutest little garden and store through the back called tripli-kit stocked with cook books, bar kit essentials, and dinner-ware. Check it out.
WHERE TO SIT: The spot isn’t huge so anywhere you can grab a seat.
WHO TO GO WITH: A few friends or a date night. Or if you have the chillest parents ever you can take them too. Just keep in mind if you go during a busy time, it might be hard to find a seat. Lucky for us we went around 4PM on a Holiday weekend and snagged a table for 4 right away.
WHAT TO WEAR: This is a beach town so CASUAL is key. Not gonna lie, we saw a girl in a skin tight dress and heels and definitely judged her.
WHO YOU’LL SEE: Chill people just trying to eat, drink and relax…and at the end of the day, what more do you need?
EDDR LIFE LESSON: Sometimes you just need to ditch the busy city life and take it to the beach.
A2 FINAL THOUGHT: Just because you leave central LA doesn’t mean the quality of the food suffers. We’ll be back for sure.
Time to lay around and take selfies,
The Tripel ↔ 333 Culver Blvd. Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 ↔ 310-821-0333