A History Lesson: Church & State Bistro
In 1905, French law governing the Separation of Church and State was passed, thereby establishing state secularism and freeing the French from the influence of the Catholic Church. The change established a sense of national liberalism and forged a country based on respect for freedom of thought and freedom of religion. When Church & State Bistro opened in 2008 in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, it brought new life to a previously forgotten area of the city. Since re-purposing the old loading dock in the National Biscuit Company - an edifice built in 1925 (practically prehistoric for LA) - the bistro has remained perennially packed, traditional and delicious.
Who knows if the idea behind the restaurant is to emanate France in the roaring 20's. Regardless, Boss will have fun pretending to dine on the old cobblestone streets of Paris. Spout off a little history, maybe Boss will be impressed.
Same-day reservations are feasible for both lunch and dinner. The patio is a quieter alternative, but doesn't lose all the charm of the restaurant's interior.
As a treat, tell Boss to order the Tarte aux Pêches, made with fresh peaches, brie, caramelized onions, and arugula. Mm.