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Not So Stellar: The Guilded Hour at Tar Pit

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I have a bone to pick with Mark Peel. Actually, I have a couple.

Up until I recently went to Tar Pit to check out their just-launched Guilded Hour Happy Hour menu, I hadn't a single doubt in my mind that Peel is one of L.A.'s culinary treasures. After all, he's the man behind the long-standing Campanile, the author of cookbooks, and this season made a valiant--but ultimately doomed--attempt for the title of Top Chef Masters top dog.

However, despite the plush decor of his latest venture, and its delightful cocktail program from new bar manager David Kupchinsky (rebounding from the loss of original partner Audrey Saunders), I'm starting to wonder what the hell Peel is thinking. Why? Because all but one item on the Guilded Hour menu were unpalatable, and the adult sophistication of the bar atmosphere blighted by two screaming young kids. Whose kids? His.