Restaurant Reviews

Flores & The Ladies’ Gunboat Society

April 24, 2015

Update: Waste of Ingredients! Literally – we had to give most of it back. When I was in LA last weekend, we showed up at 5:30 to make sure we were there in time to order the fried chicken. We were the only ones there for most of our meal and just like last time everything but the fried chicken was just okay. However, this time not even the chicken was good. It was under cooked (still raw on the inside) and when we pointed it out, a waitress tried to make it sound like it was our fault and gave us attitude. Their inconsistency and bad service has convinced me that coming back isn’t worth it. Officially crossed off the list!

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:

Winner.
The fried chicken and bread were definite winners! The rest of the meal was good, but these 2 items are the ones I will return for. (READ: Fried chicken only served from 5:30 – 6:30)

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

I loved the vibe at Flores, we sat in the patio which feels like a cutesy beer garden. There was a birdcage in the middle (sometimes a fire pit) and plants growing on the walls. The china was adorable, each plate was a different Victorian-style design. The service was particularly poor, I guess they were short-staffed so the bartender was attending our table. She would leave for long periods of time and we could never get a hold of her (this was especially important because their fried chicken is only available from 5:30 – 6:30 pm… on the dot). The main issue was that she did not communicate with us that she would be playing a disappearing act the entire night so we felt very unattended.

Hours
Mon – Fri   Lunch  11:30 – 2:30 pm
Mon – Sun Dinner 5:30 pm – Around 11 I believe (it’s safer to call as they don’t post closing times on the website)
Sun brunch  11 am – 2 pm

What we ordered:

  • Dinner rolls ($7)
  • Duck fat fried potatoes ($11)
  • Grilled octopus ($14)
  • Roasted beet salad ($12)
  • Fried chicken

Thoughts?

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The dinner rolls were out of this world, wow! They were buttery and delicious. Definitely one of my favorite parts of this meal. The maple butter and sea salt tied the whole thing together, they were orgasmic!

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These were good, but nothing out of this world. It was nice to have the pickled onions and cheddar on top, it added the right amount of contrast in flavor.

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The grilled octopus was good, the flavor was subtle, but tasty. I think the entire dish would have been much better if the octopus wasn’t as charred, the smokey flavor was a little too overwhelming.

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The beet salad was great, the spinach crème fresh was delicious and the crispy quinoa added a great texture. This was a highlight. The combination of the pickled red onion, radish and beets made this salad multidimensional and very tasty.

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The fried chicken was the next best thing about this meal, unfortunately they only serve it until 6:30 and boy are they strict. Ask for it at 6:31 and you’ll get a where-the-hell-were-you-a-minute-ago look. It was crispy, moist and delicious! Definitely a winner. The honey dressing and hot sauce made it that much better. Next time I’ll go and see how much we can eat from 5:30 to 6:30 and not bother with the rest.

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