Forman’s Whiskey Tavern is a popular Toluca Lake hangout, resembling a rustic mountain lodge— dark and woodsy. The place was packed at around 5pm last Friday, so we were lucky to find a spot at the long counter in the middle of the room. The servers bring your food, but you have to order it and your drinks at the bar. It was happy hour (3pm-6pm, Monday-Friday) so we ordered house wine and well cocktails, both $6, and started with fish tacos from the limited menu, juicy and slightly sweet from mangoes and papaya slaw. Delicious!
After that, we decided to share. We narrowed the selections to five, quite enough for three of us. They all came at once, which was ideal, so we could jump from one flavor to the next.
…we ordered fish tacos…juicy and slightly sweet from mangoes and papaya slaw.
There was the grilled cheese sandwich, a cheese lover’s dream, cheesy and buttery, but not oily. (How did they do that?) Three cheeses, cheddar, jack and Swiss on three- cheese bread, with butternut squash and sage brown butter. Mmmmm… The artichoke, grilled and tender, served with lemon and a light remoulade, was yummy and less guilt inducing than the sandwich, as was the Ahi ceviche served with crispy chips. It had a kick, likely from the Fresno chilis, perfectly complemented by avocado, corn and honey lime. I couldn’t stop eating it. Then, there was the spinach dip with artichoke and cheese (cheese!) served warm and creamy with thinly sliced toasted baguette. (sigh…) Finally, the seasoned fries. Quite good, but I still had my fork in the ceviche.
For whiskey lovers, there is an incredible whiskey menu with dozens of options.
Forman’s Whiskey Tavern is located at 10149 Riverside Dr. in Toluca Lake. Reservations for six or more call (818) 760-6900.
Laura Voeth has worked for some of L.A.’s most prestigious restaurants and her reviews have been published since 2002.