Do you like pork belly? Yeah, you do. Do you like tenderloin? Uh-huh. Do you like bacon? Yesssssss. Do you notice a trend???? Whoa, dude. You totally love all things pig. Which means you're totally TOTALLY gonna love this: the ultimate guide to eating pig in LA, complete with where to get the best dish made with every cut of pork.
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Slater’s 50/50 (address and info)
What you’re getting: The B’ B’ B’ Burger
Slater’s 50/50 takes the bacon-wrapped-crown with the B' B' B' Burger: a half-bacon/half-beef patty, bacon (obvi), bacon American cheese, sunny side-up bacon egg, and Bacon Island dressing. With bacon ketchup. Yes, seriously.
Chi Spacca (address and info)
What you're getting: Lardo mantecato
Yo, this is essentially whipped pork butter served with amazing bread. Yo.
Salt’s Cure (address and info)
What you’re getting: Pork chop
This WeHo outfit sources sustainably and butchers its own piggly-wigglies, so when that grilled, thick-cut, bone-in, sweet-onion-jus-laced chop hits your plate, it’s been treated with the utmost care. And it tastes that way, too.
Philips Bar-B-Que (address and info)
What you’re getting: Pork ribs
You already know that you’re getting the rib tips and sausages at this legendary Leimert Park BBQ joint. Now you know you’re getting the oak-smoked ribs, too.
Saint Martha (address and info)
What you’re getting: Braised pork belly
This Abita amber beer-braised pork belly with black garlic porridge and “almost 5 minute” egg stands, uh, bellies above tons of other pork belly preparations in town.
Love & Salt (address and info)
What you’re getting: Roasted glazed pig head
We get it, choosing your favorite part of the pig’s head is tough. Fortunately, at this MB date spot you can order the whole damn thing, roasted and glazed with maple-vinegar-pale-ale, and served with toast and condiments.
Sotto (address and info)
What you’re getting: Guanciale pizza
This is nothing like that Hawaiian pizza you insist on ordering from Big Mama’s & Papa’s for some dumb reason: this is some next-level pizza, and you need to get on this level -- with house-cured pork cheek, ricotta, scallions, and fennel pollen, this is part of the reason this underground spot made our list of the best Italian restaurants in LA.
Belly & Snout (address and info)
What you’re getting: Sisig hot dog
It’s pretty clear what this new Filipino joint in K-town has in store for you. The sisig hot dog is topped with a blend of -- you guessed it -- pork snout and belly, fried and chopped, and topped with chicharrón (porky bonus!). Be brave. It’s worth it.
Terrine (address and info)
What you’re getting: Choucroute Garnie
Not surprisingly (given the name), this new joint on Beverly really delivers on its swine-friendly charcuterie spread, including a house-made pork head cheese. Don’t miss the crunchy-tender combo of sous vide and flash-fried pork jowls.
Petty Cash Taqueria (address and info)
What you’re getting: Pig ear nachos
Pig ears may just be the new kale of food trends (fingers crossed!) with everyone from Animal to The Church Key to Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails dishing up awesome versions. But it’s pretty hard to say no to these epic, crispy, nacho-fied ones, especially when they’re topped with a runny egg. Tip: don’t say no.
Collar and neck
Cadet (address and info)
What you’re getting: Wood-grilled pork collar with pork toro and loin
This killer new modern/rustic French spot in SM is where you’re totally going to impress your date. And also where you’re totally going to order a wood-grilled pork collar, pork toro (aka the neck), and milk-braised loin.
Night + Market Song (address and info)
What you’re getting: Fatty pork shoulder
Lauded Chef Kris Yenbamroong's fatty pork shoulder is drowned in condensed milk & fresh turmeric overnight and then grilled to perfection -- and if you're feeling ultra-swine-y, add to your order with their Luu Suk pork blood soup.
Faith & Flower (address and info)
What you’re getting: Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin
This Downtown food & cocktail mecca is pretty much on point at all times. So, it’s no surprise that the bacon-wrapped (!) pork tenderloin delivers big.
Bar Pintxo (address and info)
What you’re getting: Jamón ibérico "bellota"
Considered by many to be the holy grail of ham, the bellota version of this Spanish favorite is cured for 36 months, and that’s only after the pig that it belonged to leisurely feasted on acorns in a field. If they have a leg in house (it sells out fast), several slices will likely be all that you need (and can afford).
Little Sister (address and info)
What you’re getting: Caramelized pork shanks
Combining Euro styles and Southeast Asian spices, this MB staple turns out some serious shanks -- all of which are caramelized, red vinegar glazed, and peanut-scallion topped with a persimmon side.
Rustic Canyon (address and info)
What you’re getting: Fried pork trotter
Forget about that jar of pickled pigs feet you’re now picturing in your mind. Now picture a fried puck of pork served with fresh citrus and fennel atop a mincemeat Dijonnaise. Yes... that's better.
Stir Market (address and info)
What you’re getting: Crispy pig tails
The new Jet Tila-helmed marketplace/restaurant's pig tail is crisp, chewy, and accented by fennel pollen, lemon zest, and herbs.
Cliff’s Edge (address and info)
What you’re getting: Chicharrón
This crackly crunch skin comes alongside pork belly, both topped with sumac, Aleppo pepper, jalapeño, and avocado.
Hong Kong Fish Ball House (address and info)
What you’re getting: Ummm... fried pork rectum
You've made it this far, might as well go all the way to the, uh, end. Yum?
Heart, tongue, kidney, and more!
Las Morelianas (address and info)
What you’re getting: Carnitas surtida taco
When you’re looking for all that inside-porcine-goodness that you can’t find elsewhere, head to this Grand Central Market stalwart for the works. Traditionally from Michoacán, Mexico, the surtida is a crazy, flavor-packed pork party of heart, tongue, kidney, liver, neck, skin, leg, snout, ears, and feet.
Eveleigh (address and info)
What you’re getting: The whole enchilada (a pig though, not an actual enchilada)
When you’re looking to go, ahem, whole hog, reserve ahead of time, get some friends together, and go nuts on an entire in-house-butchered Beeler’s Duroc hog that’s served with maple brandy baked Sierra apples, horseradish, house mustard, and fresh garden herbs.
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1. Chi Spacca6610 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
2. Salt's Cure1155 Highland Blvd, Los Angeles
3. Phillips Bar-B-Que1523 Centinela Ave, Inglewood
4. Saint Martha740 S Western Ave, Los Angeles
5. Love & Salt317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach
6. Sotto9575 W Pico, Los Angeles
7. Belly & Snout974 S Western Ave, Los Angeles
8. Terrine8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
9. Petty Cash Taqueria7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
10. Cadet2518 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
11. Night + Market Song3322 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
12. Faith & Flower705 West 9th Street, Los Angeles
13. Bar Pintxo109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica
14. Little Sister1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach
15. Rustic Canyon1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
16. Stir Market7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
17. Cliff's Edge3626 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
18. Hong Kong Fish Ball House18414 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights
19. Eveleigh8752 W Sunset, Hollywood
From the people behind Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, Chi Spacca is the meat restaurant in the Mozza Group's Italian empire. Essentially an Italian steakhouse, the West Hollywood spot serves up top-notch charcuterie, juicy and tender steaks (the tomahawk is the best in town), and vegetable sides. The steaks are pricey but worth it.
New space, new look: the revamped Salt's Cure 2.0 continues to make good on their promise to source all of their ingredients from California, but their new digs on Highland Ave have allowed them to take the next step from quaint farm to table cooking to brighter, more inventive fare.
When you realize that this BBQ joint doesn't allow you to get the side order of mac-and-cheese as a side for your spare ribs, but requires you to order them as an additional side, you might be put off. But when your teeth sink in to either those ribs or one of your choices in the three meat combo, you'll forget all about your gripes.
The guys from TART and Farmer’s Daughter opened up this resto in Koreatown. It's got a great wine selection, seasonal brews, and awesome eats.
Love & Salt is an Italian restaurant with a California soul. Try its breakfast-meets-lunch options, which include Nutella toast with strawberries & sea salt, a smoked fish board with housemade bagels (the chef is from New York, so you know these will be good), and wood oven-baked eggs with grilled bread.
This West LA restaurant serves Southern Italian food in an upscale and hip basement space. The menu is always changing but remains consistent for its emphasis on comfort and creativity. Expect small, medium, and large plates of meat and seafood, plus simply refined pasta dishes (like spaghetti with clams) and knock-out Neapolitan pizzas. The dimly-lit interior is outfitted with rustic communal tables and an open kitchen.
This Filipino joint in K-town has plenty in store for you. The sisig hot dog is topped with a blend of -- you guessed it -- pork snout and belly, fried and chopped, and topped with chicharrón (porky bonus!). Be brave. It’s worth it.
Nostalgic French fare is given the expansive brasserie and a fairytale garden it deserves in Terrine, with chef Kris Morningstar masterminding elegant chicken confit salad, garlic-butter bathed escargots and a steak frites with smoked bone marrow that can be paired with an impressive French wine list. The namesake terrine, made with foie gras and served with apricot compote, proves worthy of the honor. Yet, a visit is utterly incomplete without sampling the charcuterie boards: with truffled chicken liver, terrine de campaign, liverwurst, andouille sausage and smoked beef deckle arranged with pickled morsels on a sturdy wooden disc. Dreamy and casual, the dining room is filled with bistro chairs, distressed brick and umber-hued leather banquettes with ornate mirrors propped behind them. The best part awaits behind an archway in the back, revealing an outdoor lounge with a giant illuminated tree as the centerpiece. The spot is more than an ideal perch for star-gazing, a well-balanced classic cocktail by Ryan Wainwright making you question your balance.
Petty Cash is an upscale taqueria on Beverly.
Cadet brings a wood-fire grill concept to Wilshire and has a dark, date-friendly interior, and a long, date-friendly craft cocktail list.
The second location of Chef Kris Yenbamroong's Night + Market, the cool and casual Song (which means two) continues the original restaurant's ode to Thai street food. The Silverlake spot serves all of Yenbamroong's cult classics, like the sweet and salty party wings, plus a revolving door of dishes exclusive to the location. The far-from-ordinary Northern Thai plates certainly aren't the Americanized cuisine you're used to in LA, so trust your gut and order whatever looks good. FYI: the fried chicken sandwich is a lunchtime hit.
A beautiful Downtown restaurant -- from a Michelin-award winning chef and the guys who founded the Pebble Beach Food & Wine fest -- Faith and Flower serves up a menu of seasonal dishes, classic staples, and a raw bar. The aphrodisiac seafood, vintage touches, and romantic décor, including hand mirrors and candles throughout the eating area, establish this as a prime date night spot.
A huge wine list, tons of great tapas (grilled octopus! Pork belly & lamb croquets!), and a sweet happy hour, Bar Pintxo makes for a great spot to hit up after work or with a date.
Combining Euro styles and Southeast Asian spices, this Manhattan Beach staple turns out some serious shanks -- all of which are caramelized, red vinegar glazed, and peanut-scallion topped with a persimmon side. There’s never a quiet moment at this upscale spot, meaning zero awkward silences for you and your date. Go here for the stellar food (like pork belly crepes and lemongrass beef noodles) as much as for the relaxed-yet-hip vibe.
Though you may have to spend a few extra dollars, the inventive small plates, superior wine list, and unusual and well-curated beer collection at Rustic Canyon are worth shelling out for.
A market-slash-restaurant-slash-great-to-go-spot! Stir Market's kitchen is run by our homeboy/that guy on Cutthroat Kitchen Jet Tila, who's overseeing a killer rotisserie and brunchy goodness like Moroccan baked eggs w/ merguez sausage, as well as gift-y artisanal of marinades, salts, and jellies.
Cliff's Edge is a Silver Lake mainstay with towering wood doors, a seasonal, New American menu, craft cocktails, and an eccentric -- but more importantly, reasonably priced -- wine list. While this is all well and good (and it is... really, really good), the real draw is the almost enchanting, vaguely woodsy, foliage-lined patio with lights strung among the treetops and one large, protruding tree trunk to anchor the outdoor space. Sit here, slurp oysters in red wine mignonette, sip grower Champagne, and you might just be able to tune out the traffic sounds blaring from Sunset Boulevard.
Hong Kong Fish Ball House is your destination for warming noodle soups, authentic street foods, and sometimes adventurous, but always cheap fare.
The rustic space that houses Eveleigh has a reclaimed, wood-laden indoor-outdoor dining room with a communal table and sofa-like seating. Their outdoor patio is the real draw, where you'll feel as though you've entered a gorgeous garden party, surrounded by homegrown herbs and vegetables. From land (lamb meatballs) to sea (wild Pacific yellowtail), every dish on Eveleigh's menu is market-fresh and crafted with care.