photo credit: Amy Neunsinger
A.O.C.'s second location in Brentwood is where business professionals buy bottles of wine on their company cards and talk deals. It doesn't draw the coolest crowd by any means, but it's still a useful wine bar for drinks and '90s throwbacks like bacon-wrapped dates and halibut served with charred meyer lemons. Share a couple of French and Spanish small plates, which are for the most part more interesting than the bacon-wrapped dates. We're talking crispy Spanish-style arroz negro with grilled squid, scallop ceviche studded with pistachios, and a spicy fish tagine.