Son of a Gun is one of those rare restaurants where I actually knew I’d come back. And come back I did!
As the seafood counterpart to the uber-popular Animal, Son of a Gun is easily one of my top 10 restaurants.
Chef/Owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (they sound like mobsters or professional wrestlers) also own my other favorite LA restaurant, Trois Mec. They basically can do no wrong. And if you say otherwise, they’ll hit you with a piledriver or give you cement boots.
While this place has some incredible seafood (you have to get something from the raw bar) their most famous for their Fried Chicken Sandwich.
I love a good FCS but this one was a notch above the rest. ORDER THIS!
It’s a huge chicken breast expertly seasoned with a nice, crunchy coating that will probably slip off (into your mouth) and topped with a nice cabbage and sweet pickle slaw. I love that they put in plenty of pickles, you’ll never run out. The brioche bun is super soft and toasted in what I’m assuming is a ton of butter.
The Fish and Chips were also super tasty. The fish was flaky and moist, the coating was thin, crisp and airy. Not too doughy and the fries were coated in herbs and the perfect combo of crispy and potatoey.
The Yellowfin Tuna Tataki is a super duper tiny portion. Do not attempt to share. The kimchi was a very pleasant accompaniment.
The Lemonfish Poke with crispy sunchoke chips are a definite must order. While I find sunchokes to be a mildly pretentious vegetable, they are really tasty when baked/fried and also went nicely with the slices of the never before heard of Lemonfish. It’s got a great name, eh?
Son of a Gun should be bumped up to the top of your restaurant list (if you have one, which you should) immediately. It was just as incredible as when I first visited in 2012 and I can only imagine it getting even better from here.
8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048