Roadhouse LA

The High Road

Smoked Brisket and Whiskey at Hollywood Improv

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So many legends started out at the Improv.

Pryor.

Kaufman.

Chappelle.

Brisket Texas toast with vodka mac and cheese...

See it before it gets famous at Roadhouse LA, a fortress of smoked meats and whiskey from the Umami brain trust and barbecue prodigy Robbie Richter, expecting to soft-open early next week at Hollywood Improv.

Here you’ll find all the necessary elements of a postcard-perfect roadside juke joint. Walls of reclaimed barn wood and tin. A giant haylift chandelier. Antique gas pump. Chicken coops. Impossibly beautiful waifs asking if the smoked lamb with Uzbek plov is gluten-free...

Bring someone who’s unafraid of a three-napkin dinner. Pick a couple stools at the aluminum-sided bar. Order tequila-amaro-ginger cocktails from a Honeycut guy, or just go for one of the dozens of whiskeys. Consider the place’s name and toast to Swayze. Always toast to Swayze.

It’s all a prelude to the creative, internationally influenced barbecue you’ll have on the balcony or, when it’s nice, over by the garage windows opening to Melrose. Think brisket with Cheetos-infused cheddar or a patty melt with burnt ends in the middle. And sides like that vodka-doused mac and cheese.

Oh, and the table next to you might have a pig head on it. Different animal heads will be available daily.

They’re gluten-free.

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