The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, Calif.
The Pitch Los Angeles is overrun with places you “must see” and things you “must do” but chances are, by the time you deplane, you’ve read enough about most of them and have already lost interest in being a tourist. The Baked Potato is not one of the above; instead it is a jazz (and jazz fusion) lover’s watering hole, made world famous by word of mouth. You won’t bump into Taylor Swift, but likely any number of musicians who have recorded and toured at her level. (I had a chat with Jorgen Carlsson of Gov’t Mule — a great guy!)
What We Love This place is old, dark and full of talent and like-minded patrons who are here to listen to world-class musicianship. Having been a second home for some of the top local and international players since 1970, it has become a pilgrimage for many wanting to listen to the music industry’s unsung heroes in an energetic, friendly atmosphere. Justin Randi handles the bookings and slings drinks behind the bar, all while shouting encouragement toward the small but mighty stage. The two drink minimum and variety of baked potatoes on the menu are fairly priced and fall in line with the management’s vision of focusing on being the best at what they do rather than trying to be all things to all people.
Don’t Miss The music — but pick up tickets in advance. Although staff do their best to fit everyone inside, The Baked Potato often sells out. It’s worth the squeeze for the opportunity to see legendary musicians as well as up-and-comers in an intimate setting.
Drinks from US$5; food from US$9.50