Good Farm-to-Table at the Americana Center in Glendale.
Okay, so you’re a guy…and your date, your wife, your girlfriend…hell, your Sister…has got you stuck at Nordstrom’s.
What do you do?
Well, you could…if you really wanted to…follow her around while she conducts business and find any one of a number of “Dad” Chairs near the dressing area, and sit with your iPhone.
Or, you can go up the 3rd Floor and find Bar Verde.
Now, you can look at Bar Verde as it chooses to advertise itself, as a local Farm-to-table joint, serving fresh, locally sourced ingredients to serve you up some lunch and dinner. And looking at it that was is…oaky. It’s nice. You can do that.
But dudes (in this case fellow dudes), they’ve got a TV in there. Odds are, it’s tuned to ESPN or some other station you actually want to watch. You can sit at the bar, have a brew, have a pizza or a burger, and relax…really relax…as the Nordstrom fan in your life does whatever damage they can do their credit cards. And yes, you’ll need to deal with the fact that it’s not a Sportsbar.
The food is good. Not earth-shattering, tastebuds altering…shake me out of any sense of self that I have good, but good. Can I taste the farm in every bite of what I had? Just about. Bar Verde produces some attractive plates. You feel good eating what’s there, not a stretch or an ounce of guilt. And it’s not terribly expensive either.
Now, as a final tip to the fellas, it’s not a Guy’s oasis in the middle of Nordstrom. There will be other ladies inside, having a bite in between trying on shoes. Some of them will have their kids with them. That’s okay. You can share. Bar Verde has got a spectacular view of the Americana complex should you choose to sit outside. It’s got a nice copper bar you can sit and relax should you choose to go that direction. There is plenty of seating. The staff is good and polite. It’s something I harp on whenever I can, that the Waitstaff actually wants you there with them. That you’re not inconveniencing them by coming to their restaurant. The kitchen’s open, so you can see them work. All in all. Good experience. Not the greatest thing ever, but worth your time.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, I went with the Neapolitan Thin Crust Pizza, which came with mozzarella, provolone, pear tomatoes, and fresh basil. The Mozzarella was creamy as all get out. You could really taste the tomatoes, and not water with a dash of fiber. It was a nice flatbread sized hunk of pizza. One person could easily take it down, and not feel repulsively stuffed afterward. Since I was headed back to work, I threw in an Iced Tea, though my drinking options were more varied than that.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Let me reiterate for the guys out there who find themselves stuck at Nordstrom: this isn’t a Sports Bar, though you may be able to watch Sports while you’re there. There will be Ladies there, with their kids, so this isn’t a total Dude’s Oasis. It’s just a nice, comfortable restaurant…inside a major Department Store.
…with a view.
PARKING: Like all things the Americana, your best bet is to park in the Americana’s massive Parking Structure, and just pay the freight. There is a Valet Service right outside the Nordstrom’s entrance along Brand, next door to Din Tai Fung, but why do that to yourself?
Bar Verde (Glendale)
889 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
Tel: (818) 502-9922
Monday-Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm