Tuesday, August 17, 2010

eats - animal

finally got the chance to hit up animal, a uniquely meat-centric joint located on fairfax ave. outside of three salads (i counted) on their ever-changing daily menu, this place is a carnivore's dream. call it stop #2 on my birthday dinner tour of 2010.

consisting of 15 appetizers, 5 entree-size plates and 2 amuse bouches, the food here is meant to be shared, as prefaced by our waiter when also describing the fluctuating cooking times for each of the dishes. we opted for 4 of the smaller plate varieties, as seen below:

starting from the top left clockwise, we feasted on:

1. quail fry, grits, chard, slab bacon & maple jus - the jus is out of this world
2. hamachi tostada, herbs, fish sauce vinaigrette, peanut - clean, simple, delectable
3. poutine, oxtail gravy, cheddar - the slow-cooked braised oxtail was fall-off-the-bone tender
4. barbecue pork belly sandwiches, slaw - quite simply, one of the best things i've eaten in all of southern california

of course, i can't breathe much now, typing this up between short inhales and deep exhales. but it was well worth the wait. now if you excuse me, i'll be dreaming of the pork belly sandwiches...

435 n. fairfax ave.

los angeles, CA 90036


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