Recently, now that I am an official second semester senior, I have taken to eating out more (even on school nights!). And, within this last week I have tried two different (extremely) good restaurants both by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, who have a bit of a culinary empire here in LA. These two eateries, Son of a Gun and Jon & Vinny’s, had two very different atmospheres and foods, but both were incredibly delicious.
My family and I went out to Son of a Gun for my birthday dinner this year. Located on West 3rd St., Son of a Gun is a small restaurant decorated in an eclectic assortment of nautical themed items including a giant marlin on the wall. The thing about Sun of a Gun- as well as Jon & Vinny’s- is that the whole affair is family style with smallish portions, so that you can try a huge selection of items without stuffing yourself solid. Therefore, we ordered:
LEMONFISH POKE, BLACK RADISH ESCABECHE, CITRUS, CRISPY SUNCHOKE
YELLOWFIN TUNA, LECHE DE TIGRE, AVOCADO, TORTILLA
LOBSTER ROLL, CELERY, LEMON AIOLI
FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH, SPICY B&B PICKLE SLAW, ROOSTER AIOLI
SMOKED BABY BACK RIBS, PINEAPPLE, CHILI-SOY
CRISPY BRUSSELS SPROUTS, TURNIP, CINNAMON, PEANUT, EGG
BANANA BREAD, CANDIED PECAN, COFFEE ICE CREAM
ITALIAN HAMBURGER: GIANDUJA, BRIOCHE, CARAMEL, MALDON
The highlight of the evening was clearly the Lobster Roll, which was perfectly balanced with a warm bun and a bite of lobster yumminess, and the Fried Chicken Sandwich that tasted like a little slice of heaven topped with the perfect combination of condiments and situated between two perfect pieces of bread. Overall, a pretty dang good meal.
However, I must say that that meal was easily topped by the even better Jon & Vinny’s. I ate at this modern pizzeria on Fairfax Ave. one day for lunch with a few of my friends. We had been trying to get reservations for forever and finally found an open slot so we jumped on the opportunity and I am so glad we did: I literally can’t wait to go back and try even more of their great selection. We ordered:
GRILLED SUGAR SNAP PEAS, PICKLED RAMP RANCH
“LA WOMAN” PIZZA
LOCAL BURRATA, TOMATO, BASIL, OLIVE OIL, SEA SALT
SPICY FUSILLI VODKA, BASIL, PARMESAN
NUTELLA AND VANILLA SWIRL SOFT SERVE
Man, that fusilli was on point. It was the perfect amount of spicy, so that it had a kick but didn’t overwhelm the rest of the flavors, and was balanced nicely with the sweetness of the tomato sauce. And, let’s be honest, when has burrata pizza ever been a bad idea? It’s just pure heaven in your mouth. To finish the meal off we tried their soft serve which I highly recommend: soon good! (We ended up getting 2!)
Like I said, this was a pretty great week for food! Next, I can’t wait to try their most highly touted restaurant, Animal, which serves up rare meats cooked to perfection.