Sunday, February 27, 2011

Son of a Gun (Los Angeles, CA)

Son of a Gun Restaurant
8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Sun 02/27/2011, 06:00p-08:55p

Son of a Gun Exterior
Given the smashing success that the Two Dudes--Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook--have achieved at their seminal eatery Animal, it was almost inevitable that the twosome would have expansion on the mind. Indeed, after my last meal at Animal, I spoke with Shook, and he expressed interest in opening up a breakfast place, a sandwich shop, a BBQ joint, even a seafood restaurant. It's that last point that brings us to Son of a Gun (which, early on, was rumored to be named Dirty Chicken), the dynamic duo's seafood-focused second venture, debuting in the 3rd Street space formerly occupied by Restaurant 3. That put's Son of a Gun just a stone's throw away from the now-defunct Ortolan, and not too far from the likes of Jar, Bistro LQ, or AOC. Helming the kitchens at SoaG is veteran Animal Chef de Cuisine Frank Anderson (a.k.a. the "Third Dude"), while Helen Johannesen resumes her role as Director of Operations-slash-Beverage Director.

Son of a Gun Interior
Animal is known for its somewhat bare bones decor, a result of the limited funds that the Dudes had while constructing the space. This time around, however, Dotolo and Shook had the financial freedom to be a bit more ambitious in terms of design. They brought on interior designer Ruth De Jong, who put together a decidedly nautical theme for the restaurant, incorporating swaths of tea-stained wood, antique cabinetry and a custom-made 5-person Maker's Mark barrel bar, vintage photos, original artwork by Walton Ford (courtesy of investor Benedikt Taschen, apparently), and various maritime doodads adorning the walls. Of particular note is the special-order 22-seater communal table, which means that roughly one half of the 55-seat space is reserved for walk-in diners.

Son of a Gun Menu Son of a Gun Beverage Menu
Son of a Gun's menu reads similarly to Animal's, but with a decidedly more seafood-centric twist naturally. Dinner's currently offered, but lunch is planned after a few weeks. As for the booze, expect a focused beer and wine selection, as well as cocktails by resident mixologist and Food & Wine Cocktails 2011 deputy editor Lindsay Nader (she's also an actress, but which bartender isn't right?). Click for larger versions.

Pisco Sour Mojito Weeski Cocktail
Speaking of those cocktails, we began with a trio. I had a Pisco Sour [$16], a prototypical example of the drink, with gorgeous sweet and sour flavors over a base of pisco. The Mojito [$8], meanwhile, also had a classic bent. The most intriguing of the bunch was the Weeski Cocktail [$12], which showed off a strongly citric nose leading to more tart and slightly bitter flavors on the palate, all with overarching notes of the Dewars White.

Oysters on the Half Shell, Condiments
Oysters on the Half Shell, Condiments [$3.00]
Oysters were tasty and went down easy with their nicely briny pop and silky texture. Condiments included horseradish, mignonette, and cocktail sauce, all house-made I believe.

Sardine Escabeche, Parsnip, Habanero
Sardine Escabeche, Parsnip, Habanero [$6.00]
Sardines were expectedly fishy in nature, but at the same time, their brine was deftly countered by the sweetness of the parsnip and the heat of the habanero in particular. Interestingly, this reminded me of a cured sardine dish that I had at Commis a while back.

Lobster Roll, Celery, Lemon Aioli
Lobster Roll, Celery, Lemon Aioli [$7.00]
Not surprisingly, the lobsta' roll was one of the table favorites. The lobster was everything that I wanted it to be, a combination of sweet, creamy, buttery, and tangy flavors all beautifully melded together. The bun, meanwhile, served to ground the dish.

Squid Salad, Garbanzo, Mirepoix, Radicchio
Squid Salad, Garbanzo, Mirepoix, Radicchio [$9.00]
A salad of squid was absolutely lovely, featuring loads of crisp, snappy squid, laced with a tart dressing and perked up by the slight bitterness of radicchio. The best part of the dish, however, may have been the chickpeas, which balanced the salad perfectly.

Smoked Mahi Fish Dip, Celery, Radish, Crackers
Smoked Mahi Fish Dip, Celery, Radish, Crackers [$9.00]
Really appreciated the texture of the mahi here, as well as the lovely, delicate smokiness conveyed by the fish, while the veggies did a wonderful job in tempering the dip. Very nice spread over the crackers, or even eaten alone. Think of this as a much improved version of the seafood dip you find in grocery stores.

Shrimp Toast Sandwich, Herbs, Sriracha Mayo
Shrimp Toast Sandwich, Herbs, Sriracha Mayo [$11.00]
Shrimp toast was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the meal for me. The sweet, briny essence of the crustacean was captured so elegantly here, and I loved the slight bit of creamy heat from the Sriracha, while all the greenery gave the sandwich a tremendous herb-y taint.

Lettuces, Creamy Herb Dressing, Red Onion, Croutons, Pepato
Lettuces, Creamy Herb Dressing, Red Onion, Croutons, Pepato [$11.00]
The requisite salad was certainly competent, with the crisp fronds playing nicely with the crunch croutons, all while the pepato (a type of Italian cheese) added a well-placed bit of gravity and pepperiness to the dish.

Fried Chicken Sandwich, Spicy B&B Pickle Slaw, Rooster Aioli
Fried Chicken Sandwich, Spicy B&B Pickle Slaw, Rooster Aioli [$11.00]
This was quite easily the best chicken sandwich that I've ever had. The bird itself was superb--tender, succulent, savory, with a delightfully crunchy skin to boot. It was then perfectly contrasted by the shreds of crisp lettuce and tart pickles, while the tangy aioli tied everything together flawlessly. Think of a Chick-fil-A sandwich, taken to the Nth degree.

Albacore, Sesame Seeds, Radish, Citrus Soy
Albacore, Sesame Seeds, Radish, Citrus Soy [$12.00]
Albacore was presented in almost a sashimi fashion, with a definite Japanese-y feel to it thanks to the deft interplay between contrasting sweet and umami flavors.

Mussels, Tarragon, Pernod, Fennel, Toast
Mussels, Tarragon, Pernod, Fennel, Toast [$12.00]
I really appreciated how the mussels arrived pre-shelled. The bivalves were classic in essence--suitably soft, with a subtle brine balanced by the dish's creamy, Pernod-tinged sauce.

Alligator Schnitzel, Heart of Palm, Orange
Alligator Schnitzel, Heart of Palm, Orange [$13.00]
I believe this might have been my first time having alligator, and I must say that I was quite impressed with the meat. I hate to sound clichéd, but it did somewhat taste like chicken, albeit a slightly fishy chicken. In any case, I really appreciated the gator's tender-yet-crunchy texture, and how the reptile was paired with crisp bits of heart of palm and a sweetly citric, vanilla-tinted dressing. One of my favorites.

Benton's Country Ham, Honey Butter, Corn Bread
Benton's Country Ham, Honey Butter, Corn Bread [$14.00]
Ham arrived very "hammy" indeed; teeming with porcine savor and smoke, it was a bit too salty for me actually when eaten alone. Thus, I found it helpful to apply the wonderfully sweet corn bread and butter to take the ham down a notch.

2008 Crémant de Bourgogne, Jean-Marc Brocard
It was time to move on to some wine, and we chose the 2008 Crémant de Bourgogne, Jean-Marc Brocard [$52]. I enjoyed the sparkler, with its good mix of floral and citrus flavors, all paired with a lovely effervescence and pleasing acidity.

Fluke, Raita, Oro Blanco, Pineapple, Mint
Fluke, Raita, Oro Blanco, Pineapple, Mint [$15.00]
Fluke showed off its characteristically delicate consistency and mild relish, and the fish was adroitly complemented here by the cool creamy yogurt on one hand, and the bracing acidity of the oro blanco on the other. I appreciated the almost ethereal overtones of mint in the dish as well.

Linguine and Clams, Uni Aglio-Olio, Breadcrumbs
Linguine and Clams, Uni Aglio-Olio, Breadcrumbs [$16.00]
Linguine was nice and garlicky, with the ocean-y relish of the clams providing a briny veil to the entire dish, while the uni contributed just the slightest amount of sweetness to things. I just wish that the pasta were a touch more al dente.

Pink Grouper, Pho Fumet, Herbs, Lime, Bok Choy
Pink Grouper, Pho Fumet, Herbs, Lime, Bok Choy [$16.00]
You could almost think of this as a grouper pho. This fish demonstrated a prototypically meaty, dense, firm flesh, and went beautifully with its immensely aromatic South East Asian accoutrements; I found the remaining broth particularly enjoyable and eagerly supped it up. This almost seems like something from the kitchens of Red Medicine!

Winter Citrus, Dungeness Crab, Avocado, Fennel, Arugula
Winter Citrus, Dungeness Crab, Avocado, Fennel, Arugula [$16.00]
Slices of citrus fruit were beautifully presented here, showing off a juicy sugariness that paired well with the inherent sweetness of crab, all while the arugula finished the dish with just the right amount of astringency. I missed the avocado, though.

At this point, fries (meant to complement the rib-eye below) were sent out, "complements of the chef." They were pretty damn tasty, with a great crispness and herb-y flavor, though the included malt vinegar aioli was a touch too tart for my tastes.

Idaho Trout, Carrot, Potato, Caper Dill Butter
Idaho Trout, Carrot, Potato, Caper Dill Butter [$17.00]
Trout arrived oily, soft, and unabashedly buttery. In fact, it was a bit too tender for me; I would've preferred a firmer flesh. Nevertheless, the inclusion of carrot and potato helped to balance the gravity of the fish, and I appreciated the piquancy of the capers as well.

Peel and Eat Shrimp Boil, Lime Mustard Sauce
Peel and Eat Shrimp Boil, Lime Mustard Sauce [$19.00]
Shrimp were superb, cooked through but still supple, with a wonderful body and robust flavor artfully paired with what I believe was Old Bay. At the same time, the sharp tang of the accompanying lime-mustard elevated the shrimp without overwhelming it.

King Crab Legs, Tabasco Butter
King Crab Legs, Tabasco Butter [$32.00]
King crab was perfect, showing off gorgeous strips of sweet, supple flesh perked up by just the right amount of brine. I enjoyed the crab alone, but its buttery, spicy Tabasco dressing heightened the dish even more. A must order.

Niman Ranch Rib-Eye, Fried Oysters, Béarnaise, Fries
Niman Ranch Rib-Eye, Fried Oysters, Béarnaise, Fries [$45.00]
This is perhaps one of the times where you do in fact want to order steak at a seafood restaurant. The ribeye, cooked medium-rare, was tender, succulent, and brazenly beefy. It was a satisfying eat to be sure, and the fried oysters added even further savoriness to the mix. I would've liked less béarnaise though, as the meat really did stand alone. As for the fries that came with the course, we ended up giving the plate to Jeff Miller, Los Angeles editor for Thrillist, who just happened to be sitting next to us.

Santa Barbara Spot Prawns, Butter, Lemon, Sea Salt
Santa Barbara Spot Prawns, Butter, Lemon, Sea Salt [$21.00]
Spot prawns from Santa Barbara seem to be popping up on menus everywhere, prepared in every which way. However, perhaps a simple version such as this is best. The prawns were cooked to just the right temperature, still a bit raw, with an almost creamy consistency and an unabashedly ocean-y relish kicked up a notch by the inclusion of shrimp roe. And as Paula Deen would say, you "gotta be sucking on that head!"

Frozen Lime Yogurt, Graham Crumble, Toasted Meringue
Frozen Lime Yogurt, Graham Crumble, Toasted Meringue [$7.00]
Our first dessert could be construed as a sort of deconstructed key lime pie. The yogurt, expectedly, was quite eye-opening, with a bracing tartness moderated by the sweet meringue and graham cracker crumbles.

Flourless Chocolate Cake, Banana, Peanut, Coconut Ice Cream
Flourless Chocolate Cake, Banana, Peanut, Coconut Ice Cream [$7.00]
Flourless chocolate cakes are often trite, but I loved what the kitchen did here, both in terms of flavors and presentation. The interaction between the chocolate and banana just worked for me, and I also enjoyed the relative levity of the ice cream, while the peanuts made themselves known on the finish.

All in all, Dotolo and Shook are off to a very strong start here at Son of a Gun, dishing up a menu of bold, bright flavors that perfectly translates their signature style of cooking to the realm of seafood. In fact, I think I may prefer it to Animal (and I already like Animal!). Yes, you need to come here. The Dudes have another winner on their hands, now they just need to get working on that BBQ place...

Vinny Dotolo Jon Shook


Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm going in a few weeks and am really really pumped. Is that lobster roll easy to share? Will I not want to?

Monday, February 28, 2011 1:01:00 AM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Stephanie, it's not particularly easy to share, but you wouldn't want to anyway. You deserve your own.

Monday, February 28, 2011 2:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it just me or do i sense a difference in your writing style? at least with this particular post. it feels more casual-- i like it.

i'm surprised at the restraint shown at Son of a Gun-- was expecting more aplomb, more umami, more....bacon?

instead, the restaurant comes across as graceful (and thats a good thing). it feels like a more mature version of Animal but with seafood.

will be hitting it up with some friends in a few weeks. can't wait!

Monday, February 28, 2011 8:03:00 AM  
Blogger Sam C. said...

Nice post dude. I wonder if I can even get into the restaurant within the next couple of weeks....

Monday, February 28, 2011 9:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Marian the Foodie said...

I have been waiting for them to open! Love the post Kev! How hard is it to get a reservation with them right now?

Monday, February 28, 2011 9:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Brad said... you just go in and order the entire menu? From your pictures, you don't look like a big enough guy to take down all that food...

Great review. Gives me something to look forward to next time I'm in LA, perhaps.

Monday, February 28, 2011 9:25:00 AM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Daniel: My writing is probably inevitably influenced by the vibe of the restaurant at hand, so the more casual writing just fits with the relaxed atmosphere of SoaG I guess. I appreciated the more graceful, subdued, restrained nature of the place, which I think suits my palate better.

Sam: If you show up a bit before 6:00, I'm sure you'll have no problem grabbing a seat at the communal table.

Marian: Unfortunately it's quite hard. I wasn't even able to get through their phones yesterday, and I've heard that this entire week is pretty much all booked up! Definitely try to do a walk-in if you want to go soon.

Brad: Yep. So I actually ordered in rounds of ~4 courses, so that the various dishes wouldn't be coming out too fast. I had a party of 5, but you could probably run the gamut with 3 determined eaters.

Monday, February 28, 2011 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous uncontentgirl said...

have been SOOO excited about this restaurant! great post! thanks!

Monday, February 28, 2011 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger tang & bolster said...

Holy smokes, some of those dishes look amazing. I'm hitting this up with Steph C. and effindericious in a couple weeks, and this post just got me a lot more excited.

I'm going with a party of 6. Any recommendations on which dishes would be best to get two, or more, orders worth?

Monday, February 28, 2011 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger Oanh Love said...

Mmmmm looks GOOD!!

Monday, February 28, 2011 1:01:00 PM  
Blogger StrictMachine said...

I'm SO proud of my cuz Vinny!! I can;t wait to come out there and visit him!! The pictures are beautiful and I'm for sure not going to be sharing my lobster roll!!

Monday, February 28, 2011 1:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post Kevin. This just moved up to the top of my list. Oh, and Club 33 moved way down :)

Monday, February 28, 2011 3:42:00 PM  
Blogger stuffycheaks said...

wow, looks awesome kevin. Everything looks amazing, you really can't go wrong with uni/clam/breadcrumbs. I had SB prawns with roe recently at Bar Toscana. Love it.

Monday, February 28, 2011 3:45:00 PM  
Blogger KrisDub said...

Did you eat the entire menu? Looks good, and not over the top.

Monday, February 28, 2011 4:03:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

uncontent: I think we've all been rather excited, and for good reason it seems.

Mike: Well with a party of six, you definitely should be able to run the gamut. As for my favorite dishes, I'd have to go with the lobster roll, squid salad, shrimp toast, chicken sandwich, gator, grouper, shrimp boil, king crab, steak, and spot prawn. You might want to consider getting your own lobster roll and shrimp toast, since those were somewhat hard to share.

Oanh: Tastes pretty good too!

Jessica: My cousin Vinny--I see what you did there. ;)

Eliza: Club 33 shouldn't have been up that high in the first place. :p

Stephanie: For sure. So when are you hitting the place up?

Kristen: Yep, we had the entire menu, in true kevinEats fashion. Wasn't too bad--we were full, but not stuffed.

Monday, February 28, 2011 4:39:00 PM  
Blogger 12345 said...

Thanks for the early and thorough review Kevin. I'm part of the group that doesn't think the poutine is salty and couldn't wait for this new opening. I'll be running the gamut soon.

Monday, February 28, 2011 5:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Kevin, well, it wasn't that high up on the list. But I was intrigued by it since it's so "tough" to get a table. I figured the food must be pretty good.

Monday, February 28, 2011 5:38:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Waleed: No problemo man. I'm with you on the poutine as well; it's just salty enough and damn good.

Eliza: Tough indeed. How were you planning on snagging a reservation?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 12:30:00 AM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

Hey Kevin! your pictures are so good. and you got this post up FAST - making me feel all tardy now! Thanks for having me :)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 1:30:00 AM  
Blogger glutster said...

Excellent post as always Kevin. Can't wait to try this place out. They did a pretty good job keeping the place under wraps until the grand opening.


Tuesday, March 01, 2011 8:23:00 AM  
Blogger Cheesy Pennies said...

I was planning on going soon anyway, but this is now an urgent matter, thanks to your write up! The photos of that chicken sandwich and the shrimp toast will haunt me until I have them for myself.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 9:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$32 for 3 crab legs? $21 for a lonely spot prawn? I don't have a problem paying for quality ingredients but those prices don't seem to jive more with a white tablecloth dining room than with the concept of a communal table.

And I actually thought Animal was fairly reasonably priced too. Especially since they seem to offer a fairly unique menu for Los Angeles. There's really nothing terribly exciting to me here.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 3:31:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Marilyn: No problemo. It was nice to finally meet you. And you got yours up pretty fast too!

Javier: Seriously, I don't know how they managed to keep this thing on the DL. I only found out the day before.

Sharon: Yep, those were definitely two of the highlights of the meal. You can share the sandwich, but get your own shrimp toast.

Anon: Yep, they're pricey I know. Normally it might be a problem, but wasn't this time given their quality. The king crab was the best version that I'd ever had, and the spot prawn was a top 5 preparation.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 3:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Henry said...

Kevin, I wonder - do you find it harder to evaluate the cuisine when you have a pre-existing relationship with the owners/chefs, as in this case?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 6:22:00 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

Go Kevin. Alligator virginity has been broken. What has taken you so long?

I think I may have have found my place for King Crab

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 8:22:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Henry: I wouldn't say that there was really a pre-existing relationship in this case. The only interaction I've had is that I met Jon Shook once after a dinner at Animal.

Evan: To be fair, there aren't exactly too many places that serve gator. Wurstkuche is the only other place I can think of, and even then it's only in sausage form, mixed with other ingredients.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger dj said...

I've been following your blog for a long time, now I can finally leave a comment(i switched over too blogspot) thank you for eating and documenting, really appreciate it!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Ann "menu taster" said...

Yes! I got to be the first reviewer on Yelp... hehe.

Opening night was a such sleeper consisting of family, friends, Jon & Vinny fans (who dined as walk-ins), and a few celebs.

The food was really tasty. Congrats to the Chefs and SoaG team!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous holly sarah wong said...

Fun post, Kevin. I'm just so sorry I couldn't make it that day. Looks like I sure missed out! Everything looks hearty, yet somewhat whimsical and best of all, really fun to eat. Looks and sounds fantastic.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

DJ: Thanks man. Looking foward to seeing more from your blog.

Ann: Unfortunately there's a separate entry for SoaG that occurred before yours. BTW I got it up before Ryan!

Holly: See you always seem to miss out on the good ones. Your dad would've understood. ;)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger dj said...

Hi Kevin! I used to work in San Francisco, but I was raised in LA. Right now I am in Chicago in the process of opening a restaurant.

there are some issues with my domain host, thanks for pointing out.

oh and also, I'm guessing you haven't been to Urasawa lately? I had a friend who used to work there but now at Providence

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:50:00 PM  
Anonymous MegB@Locksmith Training London said...

I like this place 'Son of Gun' and My favourite from MENU is Fried Chicken Sandwich and Fried Oysters..let see when I get chance to have this...

Wednesday, March 02, 2011 2:42:00 AM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

DJ: Cool, got it. About your friend at Urasawa, are you talking about James? I saw him at Providence during my last visit.

Ann: Not sure why your comment isn't showing up, but it'll be interesting to see which Yelp entry "wins" the merge. Currently the other one has more posts though.

Meg: Fried oysters aren't really a menu item...

Wednesday, March 02, 2011 3:10:00 PM  
Blogger daniel s. kim said...

whoa looks good.

going to sf for biz, what would u recommend?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011 3:15:00 PM  
Blogger dj said...

Yea James! small world

Wednesday, March 02, 2011 6:50:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Daniel: Benu and Atelier Crenn would be the two that I'd want to try up in SF.

DJ: Small world indeed. How do you know him? What is his role at Providence now? When I last saw him he was working the garde manger.

Thursday, March 03, 2011 1:06:00 AM  
Blogger daniel s. kim said...

yeah i wanted to try benu, but it's not open on sun or mon. same for atelier.

going to chez panisse on sat...but wanted to try something else on sun/monday dinner.

i guess i'll just satiate myself with bags of egg custards from the golden gate bakery

Thursday, March 03, 2011 2:30:00 PM  
Blogger Nathan Hazard said...

Great coverage! This helped immensely in our selecting last night. And we LOVED everything! They debuted a new dish that's worth a revisit for alone - a smoked Steelhead roe with maple cream and pumpernickel crisps. Smoky, sweet, creamy, light, crunchy!

Friday, March 04, 2011 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Daniel: On Sunday, I'd look into Commis in Oakland then.

Nathan: Nice! So which dishes were your favorites?

Saturday, March 05, 2011 1:32:00 AM  
Blogger Rodzilla said...

This has been one of my favorite posts, you ran the gamut. I'm having trouble deciding if I would rather go here or to Animal itself - my solution is both, of course.

Saturday, March 05, 2011 7:30:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Rod, so did you make it out to either here or Animal yet? I think I prefer SoaG myself.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 2:37:00 PM  
Blogger Rodzilla said...

I'll actually have to wait until this summer to decide. I'm currently in Pittsburgh but will be staying the summer in Cali.

I'll likely lean toward your preference :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011 8:03:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i read your SoaG review when you first posted it and promptly made a reservation. well...that day is finally here, so i just re-read your post and i feel totally prepared to order tonight. looking forward to the gator, squid salad, shrimp toast, spot prawn, and as many other dishes that my hubby and i can make room for!
thanks kevin!

Saturday, March 19, 2011 1:33:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Roddy: Cool. Where else are you headed to here in LA?

Bubsy: Nice, definitely let us know how it goes. And try to order any new dishes as well!

Saturday, March 19, 2011 4:09:00 PM  
Blogger daniel s. kim said...

went on sat on a whim and had to wait an hour!!!!

anyways, my friend and my appetite can't hold a candle to yours, so we just ended up ordering the lobster roll, shrimp toast, fried chicken sandie, bass pho, and the flourless choco cake.

all friggin bomb diggitty.

esp the lobster roll and the shrimp toast.

i still prefer chick fil a's chicken sandie.

and jon was in the house. and unlike tk, he was all sweaty from actually working the kitchen.

Monday, March 21, 2011 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Marian the Foodie said...

So I ate here last night and I LOVED IT! It was easy to walk-in and grab a seat at the communal table.

The lobster roll, shrimp toast, fried chicken sandwich and alligator were my favorites. =)

Have you tried their Cameron's Kick cocktail? Delicious! Try it if you haven't yet

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Daniel: Nice selection of dishes there, but I still don't see how you like Chick-Fil-A's sandwich better! So are Jon and Vinny switching back and forth between the two restaurants now?

Marian: Our tastes are similar I see. ;) I haven't had Cameron's Kick, but I'll definitely keep it in mind next time--I looked it up and it does sound good.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 2:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Marian the Foodie said...

Haha they are except when savory is mixed with sweet like in foie gras. You hate it and I love it lol!

Friday, March 25, 2011 9:13:00 PM  
Blogger daniel s. kim said...

you know, chick fil a will always have a special place in my heart (or stomach?) because theirs was the very first chicken sandwich i truly loved.

yeah, jon said he and vinny shuttle back and forth the 2 restaurants. that sat when jon was at sog, he said vinny was working the kitchens and making sure things were running smoothly at animal.

Monday, March 28, 2011 11:25:00 AM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Marian: Not necessarily true. I don't mind a bit of sweetness with my terrines of foie gras. ;)

Daniel: Got it. Given that Frank Anderson moved to SoaG, do you know who Animal's new Chef de Cuisine is? Anthony Zappola from Craft?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 2:20:00 PM  
Blogger daniel s. kim said...

sorry, no clue. but going again in a couple of weeks, so maybe i'll ask then

Friday, April 01, 2011 4:52:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

Nice! You liked it that much I see. ;)

Saturday, April 02, 2011 2:00:00 AM  

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