Friday, April 18, 2014

Pay It Forward (or Don't)

Get recession-themed cuisine at Gratis

Pay what you want at Gratís, a modern gastropub in Mid-Wilshire that's perfect for those on a tight budget (or no budget at all).

As the friendly, barrel-clad waitstaff will explain, the menu has no prices. After your meal, simply fill the plain black envelope on your table with as much cash as you like (they don’t take credit cards).

The financial catastrophe-themed pub fare is designed for sharing. Before 7p, sample the all-you-can-eat Warren Buffet. Made of Kobe beef stuffed with blue cheese, savory Dow Sliders go down easy. Or try the Big Bailout, a trough full of bacon, spare ribs, and steamed pork buns. It’s so popular, you might not get a taste — but you'll still be expected to foot the bill for it.

Pair up your meal with a selection of specialty cocktails mixed from liquor brewed in the chef's bathtub, like the Ben Bernanketini (moonshine, bitters, whatever's lying around) and the Cramer vs. Stewart (Manischewitz, pop rocks, sanctimony).

Gratís
5304 Wilshire Blvd.

Price: ? (out of 4) Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Free valet
Scene: Monocle-wearing dandies and the stylishly unemployed
Best bets: Pollo Bartiromo; Greenspan salad; gruel
Hot seat: Grab a stool at the bar and watch CNBC while you eat (if you can stomach it).
It's April Fool's Day: Yes, this article is a joke.

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