After a week of restaurants that I didn't like, this week's theme will be much cheerier -- trusty eateries that I love to visit over and over again!
Animal is one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. There have been dishes that I've liked less than others, but I have never had anything bad there.
It has been a long time since my first visit. When Ms. Blake came to town, I thought our group dinner was the perfect opportunity to re-photograph the essence of Animal.
Crispy pig's head, pickled vegetable aioli, charred garlic scape ($13).
Crispy! Meaty! Juicy! Love!
Pig ear, chili, lime, fried egg ($12).
I probably should've taken a picture of the pig ear underneath, but I was too busy stuffing my face with the crunchy, salty goodness.
Baby kale, Pecorino, lemon chili vinaigrette, crouton ($9).
Animal. You don't go to Animal to eat plants. A certain person claimed this was her favorite dish of the night. That certain person is certifiably insane.
Asparagus, crispy egg, pancetta vinaigrette, Parmesan ($14).
Now, see, if you're going to order vegetables at Animal, this is the way to do it. It's like breakfast with your veggies!
Thai BBQ quail, scallion, citrus, cashew, yogurt ($19).
If there is tiny fowl on the menu, I will order it. This did not disappoint. But be aware that it is indeed quite tiny!
Melted Petit Basque, chorizo, grilled bread ($12).
Barbecue pork belly sandwiches, slaw ($12).
Small bites with lots of flavor.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Poutine, oxtail gravy, cheddar ($16).
Foie gras, biscuit, maple sausage gravy ($24).
Balsamic pork ribs, tomato and cucumber panzanella ($18).
Foie gras loco moco, quail egg, spam, hamburger ($35).
Sticky toffee pudding, mascarpone, orange ($7).
Best dessert at Animal. A must!
Bacon chocolate crunch bar, S&P ice cream ($7).
Berries, vanilla custard, lavender crumble, opal basil ($7).
Tres leches, dulce de leche ($7).
Nice, but tres leches has never been my deal.
If you haven't been to Animal, you haven't lived. Remedy that.