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THE OINKSTER

  • June 6, 2014 4:38 am

Oinster Pastrami

Oinster Pastrami

I would consider myself a pretty devoted foodie.

I organize various food crawls with my friends in order to try as many different variations of the same thing in the shortest amount of time.

6 pizza joints in one day?? Hell yeah!

Road trip to the San Gabriel Valley for Chinese or to South Central for fried chicken, I will schlep and trek and journey for a tasty ass meal(s).

Which is exactly what happened tonight.

I saw on Facebook someone describing an absolutely insane sounding sandwich. Something I would make at home when no one was watching.

It was the end of a workday. I was tired, I just wanted to go home.

But I had to have that effing sandwich so much, I drove 45 minutes away in rush hour traffic to Eagle Rock to get it.

And get it, I did.

It was everything I had hoped for. So delicious. The meatloaf had actual flavor and was spicy as promised. Trust me, meatloaf sandwiches are often bland hunks of miscellaneous meat and the only flavor comes from the ketchup.

Sad news, it was only the special for the month and they no longer serve it.

I also bought (cuz I’m a lil piggie) their famous Pastrami sandwich.

While it was also tasty and the meat was really high quality, I was primarily focused on the meatloaf.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same…

2005 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-6465
theoinkster.com

Oinkster Pastrami

Oinkster Pastrami

Spicy Meatloaf / Mashed Potatoes / Potato Chip Sandwich

Spicy Meatloaf / Mashed Potatoes / Potato Chip Sandwich

ANIMAL

  • June 4, 2014 5:47 am

Chicken liver toast with shallot jam

Chicken liver toast with shallot jam

Animal is just wonderful.

The End.

Burp.

I first visited Animal when they first opened years ago and I recall it being my first time trying Pig’s Ear.

And it was on a stranger’s plate.

But we were seated at the bar and all enjoying lots of wine, so we took the shared plates concept a bit further.

The theme here is tail to snout, to consume all of the animal. Not just the pretty little boobies and thighs.

Rather brains, tongues, livers and thymus glands (sweetbreads).

The only one I haven’t tried are the brains, and I must admit, the desire is not too strong.

Animal is an incredible restaurant experience everyone must try once in their life. And then they should try it again. And maybe once more after that (and maybe once more in secret).

Everything we ordered was delicious and decadent and unique.

A must order are the chicken liver toasts. Not only are they pretty but the flavors explode in your mouth. They’re $3 each, so make sure everyone gets at least one. Or seven.

The Ricotta Gnocchi topped with the rich and oozy six-hour bolognese was almost over the top (almost) so it’s great for sharing. So tasty!

The Oxtail Poutine is something you’ll see everyone order (along with the Pork Belly Sliders) and it’s another rich dish. Loved that the fries stayed crispy the entire time.

The sweetbreads were breaded and deep fried and were tiny but flavorful little guys in a sea of greens and pickled grapes and curry mayo. Loved the combo of really bold flavors.

We finished with the Balsamic Ribs which was a large portion of very tender, fall off the bone pork meat and the glaze was nice and tart. The accompanying squash balanced out the flavors with a creamy sweetness.

For dessert we tried the most popular Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar with Salt and Pepper Ice Cream.

As odd as it may sound, everything worked. The bacon was bold but complimented the chocolate perfectly.

The salt and pepper flavors were really subtle, it tasted like a party in your mouth. The kind of party where you cram all sorts of junk food from all walks of life in there and just go nuts.

435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-9225
animalrestaurant.com

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Chicken liver toast with shallot jam

Chicken liver toast with shallot jam

Sweetbread, curry  mayo, smoked almond, pickled grape

Sweetbread, curry mayo, smoked almond, pickled grape

Ricotta Gnocchi, six-hour bolognese

Ricotta Gnocchi, six-hour bolognese

Marrow bone, chimichurri, caramelized onoins

Marrow bone, chimichurri, caramelized onoins

Stripping the bone clean

Stripping the bone clean

Poutine, oxtail gravy, cheddar

Poutine, oxtail gravy, cheddar

Balsamic pork rib, grilled heirloom squash, yuzu, green chili

Balsamic pork rib, grilled heirloom squash, yuzu, green chili

Bacon chocolate crunch bar, salt and pepper ice cream

Bacon chocolate crunch bar, salt and pepper ice cream

RED LION

  • June 2, 2014 5:26 am

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I’ve been to Silverlake’s Red Lion several times, but never to actually eat anything.

Time for Taco Belly and I to rectify that!

Opened in 1959 as an English pub (switched to a German bar in 1963) the Red Lion has been going strong with its loyal followers enjoying sausages and imported beers in boot-shaped glasses ever since.

Downstairs is a somewhat cramped and claustrophobic seating area with live piano and upstairs is the kitchy beer garden, where you’ll not have to wait long to breath in the abundant cigarette smoke. Welcome to Germany!

We ordered the Jaggerschnitzel (basically Weinerschnitzel, breaded and fried chicken breast, topped with mushroom gravy) and the Sausage Sampler.

I found the schnitzel to be on the tough side but the flavors were nice. The steamed purple cabbage was on the sweet side but I really loved the mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy sauce.

The Sausage Sampler was enormous (in fact, the couple next to us split ONLY that) so plan on taking leftovers home. They’re all ready for snacking as they’re cut into bite size pieces and delightfully gored with toothpicks and served with a big bowl of mustard.

We also ordered (but did NOT need) Flammkuchen (German pizza) which was not that great. The crust was a bit hard and doughy even the cheese and ham toppings were nice. Feel free to skip this.

The German beer selection is outstanding and we both really loved the Franziskaner Hefeweizen.

Red Lion is definitely worth checking out for a fun night out, with the emphasis on the drinking and less on the eating. This place is a piece of LA history and the past often looks better than it tastes.

2366 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 662-5337
redliontavern.net

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Franziskaner Hefeweiz

Franziskaner Hefeweiz

Flammkuchen - Ham and Cheese Pizza

Flammkuchen – Ham and Cheese Pizza

Sausage Sampler

Sausage Sampler

Wienerschnitzel with red cabbage and mashed potatoes

Wienerschnitzel with red cabbage and mashed potatoes