Date nights have gotten a bit predicable around here....the same 4 restaurants that we know will have safe gluten free options, that are close by, and have great food. Sometimes, followed by a movie, or if we went to the Mexican place I like, home to sleep off the humongous margaritas they serve!
Friday was date night, and the same ho hum didn't sound all that fun. In fact, staying home and having date night in sounded better! Until we decided to try someplace new, "Old Place" in fact! Old Place is a tiny little restaurant with max 6 tables and a long bar in Agoura Hills just off Malibou Lake. The restaurant is just feet from Paramount Ranch, a piece of land complete with an old western town that is owned by Paramount studios and was used to film westerns and several TV shows like Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Not sure if Old Place came about because of Paramount Ranch, but it certainly fits in. Everything is wood - the walls, the floor, the booths, the bar. There are pictures on the wall of westerns - I would assume ones that were filmed at Paramount Ranch. Ironwork, leather and animal bones made up the remainder of the decor. Parties under 4 aren't able to make a reservation and must come early to snag a place at the bar. So, at precisely 6pm Todd and I were propped at the bar right before the rush, thankfully! Beer, wine, tea and water are the only drink options and the menu is what I would imagine cowboys ate -- huge prime ribs, beef stew, 2 pound baked potatoes, chicken pot pie and cobbler for dessert! However, this was a tad upscale in comparison to the one pot wagon meals they enjoyed.
Not only did we have a wonderful dinner at a times gone by price, but we shared a long bench at the bar with locals that had been going there for years! We had great conversation with some wonderful people who told us some other hidden gems we needed to visit in the area! We will most certainly be back!