The third installment is usually where most franchises go off the rails (*cough*cough*The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader*cough*). Hoping to buck the trend with a less Jurassic Park 3, more Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade effort: Lark on the Park, a Klyde Warren-adjacent 200-seater from the dudes behind Flying Saucer and Meddlesome Moth
The open kitchen leads to both the bar and a main dining area that features exposed brick, wood paneling, and (bring crayons alert!) butcher paper-covered tables
The walls're filled with a rotating selection of hand-drawn chalk art
Including inside this private dining/ sitting alone in the corner room
"California cuisine" naturally comes from a couple of LA chefs and includes this shrimp and arugula plate (w/ watercress, Garcia Farms citrus, avo, chili, and cashews), plus mustard vinaigrette and a Vital Farms poached egg over grilled leeks
Also on the menu: this Massachusetts haddock (w/ carrot puree, braised fennel, carrots, and a parsley-chive sauce) and sharables like potato-, English pea-, and cilantro-ginger chutney-loaded "curry pillows", coincidentally also Salman Rushdie's name for Padma's boobies
Wash it all down with 'tails like this Gin Bright (w/ Regan's No. 6, Herbsaint) or a Maple Orange Fashion -- a classic Old Fashioned that adds maple whiskey and what Blake Griffin said when he finally remembered what Chris Paul's jersey number was (O3)
And as any self-respecting 200-seater is wont to do, they're running 21 taps, ranging from Lakewood Temptress, to DEBC Blonde, to Community Lager. Stay there long enough drinking and everyone'll start calling you the "Dawn Treader".