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2 Nov

When I heard the story of the chefs and owners – John Shook and Vinny Dotolo- of Animal, I knew it had to be pure awesomeness! These amazing new chefs,who met at Culinary School, ran a popular catering business for a little over an year when they decided to open up their meat lovers (especially organ meat) paradise!

After trying to make reservations for quite some time with no sucess, I followed a friend’s advice and tried waiting outside on a line until the restaurant opens up, and going for the bar seats.
We arrived at 4:30pm and for my surprise there was already a line!

This was the line already at 4:30 pm

We left our names on a waiting list and went for a walk down the street. Went inside a restaurant supply store…good thing they called us with an opening for a two top, but we couldnt last more than 2 hours on that table. No problem, we will take it!

The menu changes daily, and “Substitutions and Modifications are politely declined.”

As the menus show, we are still able to order Foie Gras, right before the California Foie Gras Ban. Nice!

Hamachi Tostada+Herbs+Zesty Fosh Sauce Vinaigrette+Peanut

Soft Shell Crab Chilaquiles+ Soft Scrambled Eggs

Foie Gras+ Biscuit+Mapple Sausage+Gravy

Veal Tongue+Smoked Foie Gras+Pastrami Spices+Shaved Toasted Pumpernickel+Brown Mustard Sauce+Crab Apple

Pastel de Tres Leches

Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar+Salt and Pepper Ice Cream+Nutella Cloud

Everything about this restaurant is superb. The service is excellent, and the food , words just cannot describe the awesomeness…The execution and presentation of the dishes are flawless, and leave you wondering when you can go back to taste the other dishes you were too full to try.

The Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar is to die for, with crunchy tiny pieces of bacon incorporated in what it tastes like differents layers of cold chocolate mousse and ganache. It is powered with a concotion made with a chocolate hazelnut spread(Nutella style) and paired with a delicious Salt and Pepper Ice cream. You have to taste it , words do not make it justice.

Try calling ahead if you do not feel like standing in line.


435 N. Fairfax Ave

Los Angeles, CaA 90036

Phone: (323) 789-9225
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Son of a Gun

17 Sep

After I ate at Animal (their meat heaven sister restaurant) and loved it, I had to try their seafood restaurant Son of a Gun. I will post later my heavenly experience…

I could not believe my luck this time I called the restaurant to check if they had anything available for that same wednesday night and the lady said “Yes, we have one opening at 6 and another at 10.” You do? What time did you say again? I wanted her to repeat what she just told me to make sure I was not hearing things. And finally, after trying for quite sometime, I had a reservation!

But do not despair! If you must go on a specific day and couldn’t get reservations, you can try lunch, or as a last resort,do what I did at Animal: go early and stand in line. When they open, you can seat at the bar or the communal table. I am sure their line is not as crazy as Animal’s where I stood in line for 1 and 1/2 hours, and almost didn’t get in because there was a line already at 4:30 pm!

Communal table

The restaurant does not have a sign, so you have to be careful not to miss it. Look for a gray restaurant with a red door. You can’t see the name painted on the glass from the street.
I suggest parking on the valet which is only $5, since it is very hard to find parking in the area.

The walls are bluish gray with a nautical theme decor. There are around 55 seats, including the comunal table and the bar.

The staff is extremely friendly, and the crowd is very cosmopolitan. The dress code is casual.

The menu changes daily, but some dishes keep coming back, so I already knew what I wanted to eat, from reading the menu online. I learned that they didn’t have the Brandade I was looking forward to try, but it will be back in the fall/winter.

They serve small plates, which I think is genius, because you have the chance to taste many different dishes, as opposed as being stuck with one large plate of the same thing. Some items are supposed to be bite size, so you might want to order more, such as the Lobster Roll.

I would say that 5 dishes are enough for two people, but you can always order more. No matter what, save some room for dessert. They are soooooo good!




Shrimp Toast Sandwich


Peel & Eat Shrimp Boil+ Pimenton Picante+ Rouille: Tasty and Spicy


Linguini with Clams,Uni Aglio-Olio, Breadcrubms: Awesomeness


Fried Chicken Sandwich, Pickles, Coleslaw: Best Sandwich of my life! Crispy Chicken+Crunchy Pickles+Soft Bun+Tangy Coleslaw


Deconstructed Meringue Key Lime Pie with Lime Yogurt: Just like heaven



Even the restroom is nautical

“Substitutions and modifications are politely declined.” says the menu. So,when the couple seated on the table right next to us ordered the Ribeye, the only meat dish on the menu, and asked if they could have it cooked well done, the server said she had to ask the chef. She came back and I don’t know what she told them, but they changed their order to a Fried Chicken Sandwich. After analyzing the menu for a while they agreed they didn’t like any seafood and ordered another chicken sandwich plus french fries! I am sorry if you don’t like what I am about to say, but what the heck are you doing at a Seafood restaurant, if you don’t like it? And why are taking up seats that could have been occupied by people that actually like seafood and are trying to get a reservation for ages? Some people …I just cannot understand!

The food is spectacular, extraordinarily exceptional! I will be coming back!

8370 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

(323) 782-9033

Son of a Gun Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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