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New Theme Restaurant About to Get All Medieval in DTLA

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Lords and Ladies of Los Angeles, prepare to feast and fall back a few hundred years in time at a new theme restaurant opening in Downtown, right across from "ye olde Staples Center," as Grub Street L.A. puts it. As if the dining options at L.A. Live and in its immediate vicinity weren't tragic enough, Excalibur is poised to take eating in DTLA to a whole new realm.

According to Los Angeles Magazine, Excalibur "promises an 'old-world dining experience' in a modern tavern setting with brick accents, stained glass windows, and wooden tables with flat screen TVs and happy hour specials." Yeah! Nothing says days of yore like flat screen TVs!

Guests who want to go the full medieval can don costumes provided by the restaurant, which is a European export with Transylvanian roots. Despite the anachronistic TV sets, diners can get all tactile and eat their "mouth-watering feasts" with their own bare hands.

And what, fair diners, shall you be supping (or lunching) on? From Grub Street:

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Here, standard dishes like salads and chicken wings become enchanted, turning into plates with heavy metal names like "Merlin's Salad," "Feast on the Eve of the Battle," and "The Great Feast of Knights," or as they are known throughout the land in 2012, chicken, bacon, ribs, and sausage. The food is more intriguing than one might expect at a themed restaurant, with bacon-wrapped chicken livers, as well as specialties of pheasant, boar, venison, and suckling pig that can be ordered ahead of time.

It seems a fair wager that Excalibur is not trying to court trendy local diners, but perhaps hoping to cash in on the plentiful ducats of wandering serfs courtesy the Staples Center, Convention Center, and, perhaps someday soon, the NFL stadium. Then again, if the mulled wine is flowing...a feast of boar's ribs might fit the bill nicely.