Good vibes and a good time in Baldwin Hills.
Once upon a time in the far away land of Melrose, there was a place called Georgia’s. It was a pretty popular place. Got a lot of attention throughout town. It’s owner even had a part in an American Express Commercial, but that was a while ago.
But then the evil Landlords of Georgia’s got greedy, as evil landlords always do, and tried to up the rent on an otherwise highly successful enterprise. Rather than give in to the blackmail (I don’t know what else to call it), Georgia’s closed it’s doors. (Does this tale sound familiar to you, proprietors and customers of the former The Tar Pit?)
Fortunately, the same guy, Brad Johnson (no relation) and chef Govind Armstrong have opened up Post & Beam in the Crenshaw District, and it’s apparently generating quite a bit of buzz from the Westside.
Me? I thought was okay, and–…No, that’s not true, it was better than okay. Post and Beam is a damn good operation, and it’s a damn good restaurant. It’s got a nice, simple menu of Pizzas and Southern Comfort Foods. It’s got a nice comfortable bar, where you can kick back and enjoy those same Pizzas and Southern Comfort Foods, watch the game, or just kick back with an adult beverage for an hour or two.
Also, let it also be said that there is something about Post and Beam’s being a black-owned place, powered by a black chef. Now, in Crenshaw, this is not what you’d call unusual. It’s Post and Beams new, modern, sleek look, coupled with a great, citywide reputation make it unique. Coming into a place, with a mixed, but African-American heavy clientele (and successful and professional African-American clientele at that), you know you’ve stepped into something new, and more to the point, needed. Brad Johnson has been in the restaurant business for years. He’s been good at it for years. Best of all, Post and Beam looks like its going to be here for years.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, the Sticky Little Ribs for starters. They were good, but they suffered in comparison to A-Frame’s Soy Ribs which I had the night before. On their own, a must have. Also, the Turkey Sausage Meatballs were great, with a welcome bit of kick in the sauce, and a nice slice of bread to go all scarpetta on it. The Long Cooked Greens with Smoked Ham Hocks you should just go ahead and get. And I even tried the Oven Roasted Penne with Short Rib Bolognese, Arugula and Shaved Parmesan, but I really need to go back and have one of their many, many pizzas.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Like A-Frame, Post and Beam doesn’t really do the reservations thing. That’s kinda typical of Black places, so it may reflect the realities of Crenshaw more than the restaurant. Unlike A-Frame there is no communal seating, so expect to get your own table. If its full up, let me say that the Bar is a damn good option for your dining pleasure.
PARKING: Exceptional…as in exceptionally good. Post and Beam does have its own, somewhat cozy lot. Expect it to be full. Failing that, Post and Beam sits on the same land as the Baldwin Hills Mall, and their massive Parking Lot is just a few steps away. You’ll have to cross a street to get to the restaurant, but it’s an internal mall street (i.e. not a lot of traffic). So Parking is a breeze.
Post and Beam
3767 Santa Rosalia Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Tel: (323) 299-5599
Monday-Thursday: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Friday: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm