Tam O’shanter-Los Angeles’ Oldest Restaurant

| August 30, 2013

tam oshanterYes, that is the hard fact about this Scottish style pub/restaurant in Los Feliz that opened in 1922—although though there are a couple of others that may have opened at an earlier date, none have had this length of history at the same location. Why it has taken me so long to explore this slice of history, I am unsure, but their new Cheese & Charcuterie Program proved to be irresistible.

The décor is interesting, especially if you are Scottish, as it includes an impressive selection of tartans adorning the walls. I am sure Rod Stewart is just one of the transplanted jocks who have visited Tam O’Shanter’s for the Scotch Eggs, Scottish Rarebit, or the Toad in the Hole. It has been quite a while since I personally have enjoyed this type of food and hope it becomes more of a staple in the community.

Tam O’Shanter is part of the Lawry Group (of Lawry’s seasoned salt fame and prime rib restaurants), so naturally it is better managed than most independent pub restaurants. The program was created by executive chef Mark Kalendrian along with the chef at Lawry’s, Ryan O’Melveny Wilson.

The cheeses are matured and tempered artisanal cheeses from around the world along with premier meats mainly from Italy that are sliced at the sandwich bar. It would not suffice as an entire meal, but it can be enjoyed as the perfect appetizer for a table of two or three people as long as you combine it with the right beer.

The waiters have been trained in the world of fromage and each week the changing menu features ten cheeses (cow, sheep, goat and bleu) which are rather irresistible. It could easily be Tete de Moine from Switzerland, Ossy-Iraty from France, Acapella from California, or a Shropshire Bleu from England. All of the selections are pre-cut two or three days ahead of time, ensuring ultimate freshness.

Prices for this treat are $23 for the full Chef’s Plate (5 choices), the Sampler Plate is $15 (three choices), or $6 for an a la carte selection. I should also mention the extras that are included such as baby pickles, apricots, spiced onion, fermented black garlic, toasted almonds, assorted mustards and more.

When it comes to the beers, draft beers are priced at $7 along with a revolving menu of twelve craft beers, some more familiar than others. Oscar Blues, Dogfish Head, 90 Minute IPA, Hefe, Cismontaine Brewing and Trumer Brauerei are just a few examples.

Tam O’Shanter is located at 2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039



Reservations advised on weekends.

Valet Parking only