It’s good if you like to patronize certain restaurants in Los Angeles. Your regular visits tend to result in better service, plus the food is familiarly good. But it can be a bit boring after a while unless you sometimes change things up with visits to new eateries every now and again. Of course, it’s a gamble since those new restaurants may not be as good as your favorite places. But the gamble pays off when you book a table at the following hangouts:
1. Small Town
2764 Rowena Ave., Silver Lake
This is the new name of the former Wolfdown, and the name change to Small Town also comes with a change in the menu. Now the dishes and beverages are comfortingly familiar while the prices are much more reasonable.
Yep, you can always just get yourself a pork chop along with some veggies and call it a good night. But do yourself a favor by getting some rolls, which have been wood-fired before they serve it in a hot cast-iron pan. It’s a great start for a simple meal that gives you that familiar homey feeling.
5359 West Adams Boulevard
Sometimes you get the feeling that the food is lifeless, but here in this West Adams restaurant, Alta, you’re sure that your food has a soul. Sit down and begin things off with hot and crispy black eye pea fritters right out of the fryer. Then go with a nice green herb dip followed by some fried chicken. That’s always a good evening.
You may want to try their California gumbo, especially if you’re a vegetarian. It doesn’t have meat, but you get the intense heat of that classic Southern delicacy. If you’re not a vegetarian, you can still enjoy this though you can precede it with pork chop served on the bone and drenched with chow chow. Finally, finish the evening with some coconut cake, and make plans to return in a month.
3. Kobawoo House
698 South Vermont Ave. #109
If you’re a regular visitor to Koreatown, then you must visit Kobawoo House. To do otherwise is a crime as this has been a mecca for pork fans since MJ’s “Billie Jean” was at the top of the music charts.
You’ll probably feel the need to moonwalk after ordering the bossam. That’s a pork bell platter with either salted Napa cabbage and radish slices along with jalapenos, marinated radishes, or the traditional kimchi. To make things really interesting, get the dipping sauce based on soy.
777 S. Alameda St.
When you wake up in the morning with a hangover and no idea of what to eat, just get to Bolo and get their Hong Kong-style sandwiches. Forget about your diet and order the ice cream sandwich, and think about how good your life is at the moment.
Of course, if you’re really hungry you can always just order the pulled chicken with a slaw or the Jidori fried chicken. They’re served between the somewhat sweet brioche bread that makes for a great hangover cure.
5. The Park
1400 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
Nowadays, any purported list of great LA restaurants that don’t include The Park is a failure. That’s according to its hordes of fans who won’t hesitate to point out how great this place is. On Tuesdays, you can take advantage of the $20 prix fixe menu. If you have an extra $22 then order duck—you won’t believe how meticulous they are at preparing it given the low price.
500 Mateo Street
If you’re already in the Arts District, plan for an early dinner at Bavel. Getting a table here can be a challenge, but you may want to wait outside right before it opens at 5PM.
You may then enjoy some of the finest dishes that ever came out of the Middle East. Get some baba ganoush which comes with baked or fried pita. Or try the duck nduja hummus. For your main course, either order the grilled dorade or go with the lamb neck shawarma. Also, don’t miss out on the licorice root bon bon.
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