Finding good restaurants is a big hobby of mine and I always ask people their favorite restaurants in LA. In last few weeks, three people randomly recommended me about Animal and I thought I got to check it out. The restaurant opens at 6 p.m. nightly and we made a reservation at 6 p.m. on Sunday. We got there early to find a free street parking (they don't have restaurant parking but do have a valet) and walked around the neighborhood. The neighborhood made me a bit uncomfortable and out of place (there were many street kids hanging out and some homeless guys). The restaurant was hard to find since the restaurant doesn't have any sign; it's just all black in the front. The restaurant is very simple but nice and very small; so reservation is a must. Since this place is a tapas style restaurant, Including desserts, two of us ordered 7 dishes and here is the order of my favorites: 1. pig ear, chili, lime, fried egg This was our favorite of the night! All my friends recommended pig ear and I'm glad that we tried it. I think what makes this dish so delicious is the sauce; the combination between the spiciness of chili and lime was amazing. 2. flat iron, sunchoke hash, truffle parmesan fondue This was the most expensive dish ($28) on their menu but it's so worth it! The steak was so soft and I loved it. This is more like entree size than appetizer. 3. chicken liver toast I heard that foie gras dishes were their signature dishes and I wish I tried them before the foie gras ban. Not as good as foie gras, but this still tasted good. 4. marrow bone, chimichurri, caramelized onions This was my first time eating bone marrow and it wasn't my favorite. Chimichurri was good though. 5. melted petit basque, chorizo, grilled bread I love cheese so I had to try this dish. It was good but not as creative dish as others; nothing was particularly special. 6. huckleberry pavlova, lemon verbena ice cream, toasted meringue It wasn't bad but nothing was special. 7. bacon chocolate crunch bar, s&amp;p ice cream I've tired bacon chocolate at other restaurants before and I normally like it but this one was not good. It was too salty. They sprinkled lots of salts on the plate but bacon already has the saltiness so the extra salts are unnecessary. Also, I thought wine list was over-priced. The cheapest glass of wine was $11 and tasted like $5 bottle of wine from grocery store. Next time, I might bring my own bottle of wine and just pay $20 corkage fee. Overall, it was a good restaurant and I will definitely come back to try other dishes.
CLOSED ON SUNDAYS & AFTER 9 P.M. on MON-SAT!!! I just had to make sure you all got that 'cos I've gone like 2xs - once at 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday night & once around noon on a Sunday day. I was so annoyed at myself for not calling first to check their hours. Still as good as it gets for chic hwe naeng myun (that black noodle) with spicy raw fish. They serve it with a side of icy broth from the regular mool naeng myun. And of course we can't forget the King Kimchi Dumplings (kimchi wang mandoo)! I can barely hold it up in my chopsticks to dip it into my soy sauce+vinegar concoction...then barely make it to the plate to take a bite. It's ridiculously gianormous! They have a warm meaty broth that we self-served ourselves after the meal near the ice water pitcher by the cashier - yummy goodness! Something about having naeng myun on a hot day is like people who want watermelon or an icy cold beer on a front porch during a nice summer day ...something about the heat brings out the craving for naeng myun for me. Wait...it's November...eh, it was over 90 degrees in SoCal this past week. That's winter weather for you in SoCal! They used to have 2 other locations but both of them disappeared. I always like this location on Serrano & Olympic better than the other 2 any way. One thing to note, the parking lot in front in the evenings becomes valet only - complimentary - tip only - but it's still valet.
I have been going to this place since it opened back in 1981...One of my good friends parents used to own a business right next door, so I used to go there all the time. It was tiny back then but they have grown into a nice restaurant. I did not even speak English back then but I knew how to say Chicken salad please... Anyway, it's been 27 years and nothing has changed. They still have great Chicken salad and I still can't speak English... Anyway, I had all the different Chinese chicken salads around town and this place is still the best. My wife and I buy the dressing from Costco and make our own chicken salad at home. But, at least once a month I really do need that fix... also, the same gentleman who served me my first chicken salad still works there.. I love that...If you have not been to this place, it is worth a drive to the West LA to check out Feast from the East.
Everything is great about this location except for parking (metered) & the weirdo address. It gives an addy on 2nd Street and yet it's on the southeast corner on Main Street of 2nd & Main. Cool girl with tats on her arms helped me out the other day to pick out some beans for my mom. I asked her a bunch of idiotic questions. I mean I drink coffee. I know what I like. Espresso hot or on ice. But I don't grind - I just do drive thru @ Starbucks. Anyway, I ended up with Organic Venice blend. Filled baggy of 1 lb @ $11.25/lb. She let me taste the Black Gold for free AND gave me a double espresso of the house blend on the house as well for buying a pound of beans. I wish they'd open one in Glendale within walking distance 'cos then I might be tempted to give up on Starbucks. It's all in the beans, baby.
If you came here for the food then you have been misinformed. The food is mexican style and thats about all you can say. If you think the food here is good then you have already tried one of their margaritas. This brings me to the real reason you come to El Coyote, the margaritas, more specifically the Ultimate Margarita. Priced at around $7 it tastes great and they don't skimp on the tequila! This is a great place to stop by before hitting the town. Service is about par for Hollywood and the service has been around about as long as the building itself. The restaurant is large and can handle large parties. You will drive to where ever you are going as it is not really close to anything. If you come in the evening there will be a wait. Highly recommend this place for a good time in Hollywood.
Swung by after an AYCE KBBQ fest at Tahoe Galbi next door on a Saturday evening. It was 2/3 full of people in their 30's - 50's. My girlfriend wanted to check out the area where you take off your shoes & sit on an elevated wood platform on cushions. Yeah, I was so over that after 5 minutes (I was wearing tight jeans & trying not to show crack out back). She ordered the shaved ice with red bean & fruit & mochi (pat bing soo). I got the citrus tea (yu jah cha). Boytoy got the Lover's Tea (sarang cha) - we teased him that this tea came with a pink rose floating on top of it! To our pleasant surprise, all three items were pretty good & not that pricey! I definitely will be coming back here again!
For a place that uses no animal products in it's food they manage to come up with the most diverse, flavorful and inspired menu. Club sandwiches, pizzas, enormous salads are chock full of exciting fresh ingredients that fill you up but don't leave you in a food coma. Entrees come with a selection from their sides menu that includes hummos, tabouleh, yams and many other amazing choices. I've had their club sandwish on many occassions and actually crave it the way some might crave certain fast foods. It has avocado, carrots, tempeh bacon, sprouts and a light mayo spread made from soy. The grain bread is nutty and delicious. Save room for any one of their homemade deserts, they are all worth trying.
I live in Corona and this place is in La. I've been here at least 6 times since my brother brought me here. The food is great and the people that work here are friendly. The only thing is that the service even though they are friendly they are slow, and they allowed people to come in who aren't customers and ask you for money or they go in there trying to sell boot legged movies. A restaurant should not allowed that kind of stuff. I want to go in there and enjoy my food and not be asked if I have money to give them or if I want to buy a boot legged movie. Even though I don't like that, I will still come here when I get a chance because of their food.
Had a conference meeting in MDR, and someone told us about Benny's Tacos and Chicken Rotisserie. We thought we give it a try, since they have 4 stars on Yelp. I must tell you the hand made corn and flour tortillas were a hit. We ordered : carne asada tacos, shrimp tacos, delicious with chipotte sauce, and fish tacos. My partners had the Rotisserie chicken with garlic sauce on the side, and incredible , juicy chicken. We love it, must try it. Great prices too. We also hired them for our office catering event. We received 20 % off. Dr. Guiv
I have been there several times to taste their burgers and they are really good! Most spots don't bother to give their patty's flavor but they do. I took a friend there as well and he too said the same thing that their burger was tasty. I have also noticed that their ingredients are fresh and not dried out or discolored. I have yet to try out their other food items. Their customer service is pretty good. They aren't bad but aren't great. I would definitely recommend you give them a try as it is worth it.