What was once called snacking has been upgraded to grazing--and it is done in all the best places. Some of these restaurants sport a separate grazing or bar menu, full of hors d'oeuvres, appetizers and the like. Other restaurants have entire menus filled with little dishes--the point is to order enough of them to fill you up.
CITY RESTAURANT (180 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 938-2155). Bright, loud and very lively, the City Restaurant doesn't sport a separate bar menu, it does have a late-afternoon menu (from 3--5:30) filled with perfect grazing fare like Thai melon salad or goat cheese and avocado served with little toasts. At night, appetizers fit for grazers include vegetable fritters (spicy fritters in chick pea batter), fried Brie, roasted sweet peppers and feta cheese and a tandoori skirt steak appetizer. Appetizer prices range $4.50-$8.50. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., for dinner only Sun. MC, AE, V. Dinner for two: $40-$60.
CRAVINGS (8653 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 652-6893) Cravings, on Sunset Plaza, has one of the most eclectic menus in town. Inside are floral chintz tablecloths down to the floor, wallpaper to match, a piano player on a baby grand tinkling his way through "Tea for Two." The menu is a medley of all your old and new favorites and word has it that the owner asks patrons what they crave and plans to make adjustments to suit them. As it is, the menu goes on for pages, listing pastas, pizzas, pates, cheese, hamburgers, German franks, roast chicken and comfort foods like meatloaf, veal pot pie, macaroni and cheese, chili, stews and milk toast. Trouble is, the cooking's uneven. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Wine and beer only. AE, MC, V. Dinner for two: $20-$45