Christmas carolers stroll the famed Tam O'Shanter restaurant during dinner hours all month long.
The historic Tam O’Shanter is one of Los Angeles’ dining treasures. A favorite of Walt Disney in the ‘30s and ‘40s, it’s ancient by LA standards (it’s stood in Atwater Village for over 90 years). The Tam is beloved for its old-world sensibility, the Scottish influence revealed in the servers’ uniforms and décor (including the many tartans on the wall), and the delicious food, particularly the prime rib. It’s an especially charming place to visit in December, when the fireplace is roaring and groups of strolling Christmas carolers attired in Victorian-era finery make their way around the restaurant singing holiday tunes as diners tuck into traditional Christmas fare such as goose or turkey, or some of the city’s best steaks. The pan-roasted Scottish salmon is excellent, as is the New York strip steak. The green bean casserole is perfect comfort food, full of mushrooms and topped with frizzled onions. The deviled eggs, laden with horseradish, are also noteworthy. We love the Table 31 cocktail (named after Walt Disney’s favorite table here), a well-balanced composition of Templeton rye, jasmine liqueur, and apple bitters that’s a modern take on the classic Manhattan. Whisky lovers will love the large selection offered here – 102 varieties, to be exact. They also serve a great cheese plate, with cheeses that are tempered when the restaurant opens each day and are cut to order. Our favorite was the cabra, a Spanish goat-milk cheese coated in rosemary. Don’t forget to ask the carolers to sing “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”