Gorky's Russian Cafe
Gorky's was a perfect refuge at 2 a.m. The area surrounding Gorky's was not the greatest (or safest), but the cafe's environs made one feel safe from the world's trials and tribulations.
The borscht was good and inexpensive. The omelets were just what the doctor ordered after a evening of pub crawling. When the brewery was installed, visitors were treated to very fine imperial stout.
You could make a day out of the place: all the food and great beer you could ever need. And the clientel were varied and entertaining. Musicians would ply their trade and pass the hat for donations.
Local artists covered the cafe walls with their artworks. It was a sad day for L.A. when the place closed down. It went the way of Jimmy's Shrimp Chili boat.