The Emmy Awards night on The Roof at the Wilshire Hotel was a star gazing evening of grazing with renowned Executive Chef Eric Greenspan. This boutique hotel is located at 6317 Wilshire Boulevard, two blocks from LACMA and a two minute ride from The Grove, and is a relaxing little jewel of a hotel to enjoy a get-a-way weekend or an ideal unwind atmosphere for vacationers or business travelers.

View from the main pool.

Executive Chef Eric Greenspan, the very talented former sous chef of Patina, and current owner of the Foundry on Melrose and the soon to open Grilled Cheese, has created countless appetizers and small plates of amazing comfort foods, like nori nachos, max & cheese and signature gazpacho soup with watermelon that pair beautifully with their unique drink menu.

Executive Chef Eric Greenspan & writer Bonnie Carroll

The mixologist at this chic open bar brings new meaning to creative. The drink menu offers selections that include The Cue Southside made with gin, cucumber, mint and lime, The Mulberry with raspberry vodka, berries, lime, and topped with sparkling water. The Wilshire Mule, served in an iced copper mug with a lime on top, is their specialty signature drink, and the recipe contains home-made ginger beer, vodka, lemon juice and ginger syrup. They serve several versions of the mule using a variety of liquor combinations, and if you like ginger beer it’s a refreshing and delightful choice on a hot summer or fall evening.

The Wilshire Mule

The Hotel Wilshire is celebrating their one year anniversary since a complete renovation in 2011, and the face lift has remained nicely intact, but the design and maintenance of their pool-side restaurant area on the roof is beyond simple praise. An open bar, large comfortable booths, slick loungers beside the pool, and a lower level seating area with a fire pit create an atmosphere that only allows visitors to ‘chill out’ relax and enjoy panoramic views, and some of the best food and drink in Los Angeles.





by Bonnie Carroll