Buzzilicious Son of a Gun Restaurant Deserves Every Accolade
About a month ago, I was at one of my absolute favorite stores in LA (the Alexis Bittar boutique on W. 3rd St. – Hi Ashley!) … and someone there mentioned that we absolutely MUST try Son of a Gun for lunch. Given how adamant he was along with the huge buzz I’ve heard (they’ve gotten a little press!), I totally believed him. Somehow, though, I figured the restaurant was in some far off LA local (translation: East of La Brea) so I back burnered it. Then, recently, I happened to walk right by it on 3rd Street so decided to finally check it out.
Caution: Entering the Few Photo Zone. Since it was sort of a last minute decision to go and I had no real plans to write about it, I didn’t bring my normal “lighting system” (iPad and iPhone) … so, sorry, but there aren’t too many photos. That being said, I have one word for the experience: WOWZA.
First off, their wine list is impressive, focused on Burgundy and Rhone varietals. The bf and I chose a 1er Cru (frankly, whenever I see that on the label, my eyes light up). This Pommard did not disappoint.
Food wise, we started off with the Amberjack Sashimi with Serrano and Fish Sauce Vinaigrette. I learned about Fish Sauce from my cooking escapades with Farina Kingsley who explained it’s common in Southeast Asian cuisine – she and I sure had fun using it when we made her Thai Chicken Curry!
Our other beginner course was the Braised Octopus Salad – amazingly tender octopus, among the best in town.
Next, it was on to Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Chinese Sausage, Cinnamon, Peanut and Egg. Besides being breathtaking to look at, it was a fight to the death with the bf for bites.
BBQ Peel & Eat Shrimp with Warm Potato Salad. Honestly, I’ve had ah-mazing peel & eat shrimp in Savannah a few years back. Theirs had nothing on Son of a Gun’s. Worth every messy finger. Plus, extra bonus of warm potato salad! More places should serve this.
Dessert? The Italian Hamburger (Gianduja Chocolate, Brioche, Caramel). Sorry, no photo, too immersed in it!
Meantime, I have it on good authority (trust me) that, next time, I should try the Chips & Dip (with Pimento Cheese) as well as the Smoked Mahi Fish Dip … alrighty, based on what I did sample, I can only imagine how good these will be. I’ll definitely be back there soon to try them out. And, it seems even more imperative now that I get to their Animal Restaurant very soon too … Poutine with Oxtail Gravy, here I come.