Public School 612

Who is ready to go to summer school? I always enjoy learning. At Public School 612, guests can learn the art of libations and dine on gastropub fare prepared by Executive Chef Dante Ascenzi.

The menu looks like a school composition book; the napkin ring is a paper ruler.

This delightful gastropub, attached to The Daily Grill, is a relative of the Grill concepts’ family: The Grill on the Alley, The Daily Grill and In Short Order Daily Grill. Chef Dante helped create the menu and concept of PS 612.

Happy Hour at PS 612 is called recess. It’s served all day on Sundays and from 4 to 7 p.m. the rest of the week. One can order a gastropub plate for under $6, and all well drinks are $5. A half-liter of wine (approximately three glasses) is $10.

Some of the $2 dishes include a Margherita lavash pizza and a Thai noodle spring roll with roasted peanuts, Napa cabbage, carrots and red bell pepper. A few of the $4 items are Chicago-style dogs and parmesan truffle frites. Splurge for the $6 Asian BBQ chicken and ribs or three cheeseburger sliders with all the fixings.

The extensive bar offers approximately 20 rotating draught beers. There are two dartboards and yearbook pages from various schools adorning the walls. It’s a fun place to hang out in downtown Los Angeles. My favorite part is the classes.

Our first visit was on Cinco de Mayo, when PS 612 offered a Tequila 101 course. Tuition was only $40, and if you paid in advance, PS 612 gave students a $10 card to be used for another visit.

To read the rest of my review, click on this link courtesy of the Beverly Press.

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