1321 Downtown Taphouse Bistro — Torrance, California
Posted by Shannon on 08/07/2011
Getting you a more-complete picture my second visit to 1321 Downtown Taphouse Bistro. The drive is a few miles farther than my typical travel radius, which is the only reason for my belated return. The scene is relaxed, the decor is creative and I particularly like the daily specials/events that change up each day of the week. Thank you 1321, for your Beer & Bacon Fridays and your upcoming Crawfish Boil Wednesdays.
This visit, we saddled up to the bar…per previous article, we started with beer and I was happy with my Duvel, Chimay and Brasserie d’Achouffe McChouffe in particular. The Unibroue Trois Pistoles was quite thick and syrupy so I actually let that one sit w/o finishing it. (Btw…is that pronounced unibrow ???)
We committed to choosing four dishes we didn’t pick last time. This was difficult given how much I dug the calamari tacos we had previously and my near hangry (hungry spiraling into angry) status. Final dish selections: the claws, shrimp and crab cake, Fire fries and house-made pork sausage w/ sauerkraut and yukon potatoes.
Do most larger cities in the U.S. have gastropubs aplenty? At least two of my gastronomically-knowledgeable friends in Seattle haven’t heard of the small dish/large attention to detail concept, nor how it differs from tapas. Steve and I discussed how a concept so incredibly convenient (particularly for indecisive people like me) hadn’t hit tumescent status nationwide yet. All the while we extracted the flavorful crab meat with the little, silver claw cracker tools provided.
Green sassy sauciness attacked my mouth during this side-skillet. Steak fries with two types of hot chiles plus cheese. Green typically means “go”, and indeed I had the urge to eat these up fast… but my heat-tolerance couldn’t keep pace! I took breaks in-between with dish #3.