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Celebrating the Sun at Beechwood

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Some of us are feeling a little sunned out these days. But no one is ever tired of sunsets. The day is beginning to cool and suddenly everything turns gold, then the sun is gone and the thick summer twilight rules, with its astonishing array of colors. It's tough to find a place in LA to enjoy sunsets, with a laid back attitude and good food. Beechwood is one of those places.

If you go early, the crowd is mixed. there are a couple of young families, some older people, hipsters out by the fire pit, having casual drinks. As it gets later, the crowd gets younger, more bar oriented. There's a dining room in the back, but the action is really in the bar where you can order off both the bar and regular menus.

Both menus have meat and vegetarian dishes, a casual, California cuisine, with few surprises, but a lot of carefully considered choices. They're known for their fries -- both french (two cuts; shoe string and 3/4 inch) and sweet potato, which can be ordered on a huge platter. There's also a choice of fries with a number of hot sandwiches. The pressed chicken with brie is moist and delicious. The burger (with homemade bbq sauce, gruyere and arugula) is just different enough to get your attention, but still burger-y enough to satisfy the urge. The pork sandwich (pictured, left) works for some people, especially if they dig the spicy food.