Tom’s Urban goes hand-in-hand with LA Live’s flux of excitement. An enormous 2-story dining room with 75+ TV’s is geared to both accommodate and entertain the waves that come before and after the plethora of sporting events, concerts and other huge draws that highlight DTLA’s entertainment scene.
An equally massive menu, as complex as the schedules of the Staples Center, Microsoft Theater at Convention Center combined, caters to virtually every palate out there. And while it may not be a destination restaurant on its own, Tom’s Urban is ‘Just LA enough’ to stand out.
Comfort food provides the base for Tom’s Urban’s labyrinth selection, which puts sports bar fare in a new light with everything from burgers and ribs to pizzas and street tacos. The buffalo chicken sliders are a definite favorite, melding together boneless buffalo strips, blue cheese and brioche rolls into something rich and delicious. The sticky belly street tacos are right up there as well, with rich, flavorful pork belly [plenty of meat in addition to the fat!] complemented with a good chipotle aioli.
Seafood may not be the best decision here; not for quality, but execution. Shrimp and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese came out as if it were under the heat lamp for way too long and the Bangkok pan-glazed salmon was a bit overcooked, though the glaze was excellent. The truffled cracked lobster sliders came out with hearty portions of seafood, but didn’t bode well with brioche and couldn’t justify the high price tag for just two sliders.
The cocktail list is just as diverse and drinks come out in portions as fair as the food. And if you have time for dessert, the chocolate bomb, salted caramel cheesecake and house-made urban pop tarts can be worth a try. Just try not to let all the people watching distract you from whatever may be on the table.
Tom’s Urban is located at 1011 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, California 90015. Average out-the-door price for split appetizer, entrée, split dessert and 1-2 drinks is ~$79/person. For more information call Tom’s Urban at (213) 746-8667 or visit them online.
Benjamin Brown is a seasoned restaurant writer and hospitality consultant, serving up SoCal's hottest food news and reviews.