The Quick Pitch: Bob Spivak, who dreamed up the Grill on the Alley (as well as the Daily Grill spin-off chain), has gotten into the gastropub game. This second outpost of the Public School concept – the first, with a much smaller menu, is in downtown L.A. – tinkers with the standard repertoire (deviled eggs with crispy speck, bacon cheddar tater tots with sriracha ketchup) and also moves beyond it (a not-at-all British engagement with a stuffed, roasted poblano pepper involving quinoa). There’s also, naturally, a serious suds selection, including locally sourced finds like the American Amber by Venice Beach Beer Co. and the Golden Road Hefeweizen from the Atwater Village brewery.
The Insider’s Dish: The restaurant’s name is meant to call to mind an English public house, as well as playfully offer itself up as something of an educational alkie hall to learn more about beer. (Expect cocktail napkins that look like lined college-rule notebook paper.)
The Must-Order Item: A farro and Brussels sprouts salad with butternut squash, cranberries, pecans and sweet curry vinaigrette.
The Industry Neighbor: Just a few blocks away is the Sony Pictures lot, where Spivak’s son Jason is executive vp worldwide digital distribution.
9411 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.558.0414, publicschool310.com