Post & Beam — Govind Armstrong Moves to Baldwin Heights

// Visited: 1.16.12 //

It’s not often that you find a fine dining establishment that shares a parking lot with a Wal-Mart.  But the new venture from Govind Armstrong (of the recently-shuttered 8 Oz. Burger Bar), Post & Beam, not only is located in the same plaza as the megastore, it celebrates its location in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, and has aspirations to become a neighborhood restaurant.

Armstrong explains that the “restaurant and the menu celebrate[] locality, from the growers and purveyors.”  Demonstrating his commitment to locality, Armstrong even planted an herb and vegetable garden in the restaurant’s outdoor space.

I’ll admit that I haven’t found much reason to frequent Baldwin Hills, and I usually just drive by it on my way up from the 405 to Hollywood.  But I’ve been missing 8 Oz. (it was one of my old haunts), so I decided to stop by Post & Beam a couple of weeks after it opened.

The restaurant interior was sleek yet cozy, with high ceilings and dark wood everywhere.  My server, Kimiko, was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients; a good sign.  I ordered the Turkey Sausage Meatballs with Spicy Wood-Roasted Tomato Sauce, the Grilled Octopus with Garbanzos, Preserved Lemon and Cracked Olive, the Pizza with Home Made Sausage and Fire Roasted Peppers, the Boneless Beef Short Ribs with Fresh Horseradish and sides of Charred Broccolini and Oven-Roasted Cauliflower.  Dessert was an apple cobbler topped with ice cream from local bakery / ice creamery Milk.

The great: the pizza was the best thing I ordered that evening.  The crust was thin, chewy, and wonderfully charred.  The sauce for the turkey sausage meatballs was lush and savory.

 

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Pizza with Home Made Sausage and Fire Roasted Peppers

 

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Turkey Sausage Meatballs with Spicy Wood-Roasted Tomato Sauce

 

The not-so-great: My other dishes needed more cooking (garbanzos accompanying the octopus), less cooking (short ribs, octopus, turkey sausage meatballs), and/or more seasoning (short ribs, garbanzos).  The seasoning on the apple crumble seemed slightly off, as well – I think it had too much lemon.

Overall, I think Post & Beam has a lot of potential, and I’m always excited to see what Govind Armstrong has to bring to the community.  This is definitely an ambitious addition to the Baldwin Hills dining scene.  I plan on returning in a few months, and hopefully the kinks in the kitchen that I encountered the first time will have been worked out.

 

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Grilled Octopus with Garbanzos, Preserved Lemon and Cracked Olive

 

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Boneless Beef Short Ribs with Fresh Horseradish, and sides of Charred Broccolini and Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

 

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Apple Cobbler with Milk's Ice Cream

 

Post & Beam
adjacent to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3767 Santa Rosalia Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 299-5599

http://postandbeamla.com

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