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Caulfield’s opens at Thompson Beverly Hills.

With the opening of Caulfield’s restaurant and bar at Thompson Beverly Hills, the area known as Agent’s Row gains some gustatory and literary cache.

Caulfield’s makes its mark on the American culinary experience with classic renditions of bistro fare as well as farmers-market small plates, handcrafted cocktails, and a formidable craft beer and wine list.

Signature items include: a Tomahawk chop (for two) served with homemade steak sauce,whole grilled branzino, smoked trout atop eggs in a brioche pillow, and blueberry-lemon ricotta pancakes with homemade bourbon-maple syrup. Desserts include crème-fraiche ice cream and a chocolate peanut butter cup.

“We are excited for the opportunity to bring an alternative culinary experience to Beverly Hills, home to some of Los Angeles most iconic dining institutions,” says owner Ron Marino.

Design guru Jim Walrod has fashioned a timeless aura with three separate rooms, a terrace featuring exposed white-brick walls with painted plants inspired by local fauna, and hand-blown antique lighting fixtures. The bar area is accented with mahogany wood paneling, burnt-orange leather Pullman booths, tin ceilings, and a curved marble bar equipped with vintage beer taps. The back dining room includes a half-dozen “Hollywood” booths, bistro tables and chairs, and vintage architectural finds such as antique mirrors and wall sconces with frosted milk glass.

A mural inspired by the fabled wall at the Algonquin Hotel features famous scribes, directors and Hollywood moguls of the McCarthy Era. Among the luminaries are Dorothy Parker, Edward Dmytryk, Herbert Biberman, Howard Lawson, Charlie Chaplin, Jack Kerouac, Ring Lardner, Jr., J.D. Salinger, Arthur Miller, Lillian Hellman, Fritz Lang, George S Kaufman, Dalton Trumbo; all once referred to as “The Hollywood Ten” during the dark days of the blacklist. With the spirit of sophisticated rebellion, Walrod recruited Art Tech Decor and Japanese graphic designer Aya Kawano to render the work.

You don’t have to be a member of Miss Parker’s snooty Round Table to enjoy Caulfield’s. The three-martini lunch lives again, as well as cuisine and cocktails worthy of the Literary Lions of yore.

Caulfield’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located at 9360 Wilshire Boulevard at Crescent Drive. Valet parking is available at the Thompson Beverly Hills hotel entrance (on Wilshire). For reservations, call (310) 388-6860.

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