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Son of a Gun – Los Angeles

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Son of a Gun opened about a month ago created by chefs of Animal, Jon  Shook and Vinny Dotolo.  The space is quite small with a rustic nautical theme.  The menu is a list of about twenty five items which remind me of an East Coast Seafood Cafe, but with a unique twist.

Before our meal we had a quick cocktail in the bar while our table was being cleared.  I opted for a Vesper which was a combo of gin, vodka and dry vermouth — I believe a drink James Bond used to order!  My husband’s favorite drink the Ward Eight is a combo of rye, pomegranate grenadin and a splash of orange and lemon juices was shaken, not stirred perfectly and very refreshing.

Our waiter was very knowledgable of the menu and helped narrow down our dining adventure to a few favorites.  I had read about the lobster roll, shrimip toast and chicken sandwich but I needed a little more insight into some of the more creative options.  So, we did order the above mentioned items along with the brandade with poached egg, arugula and grainy mustard as well as the Niman Ranch hanger steak with fried oysters and frites.

Some true highlights are in fact the shirmp toast – sauteed shrimp on brioche bread in a mild sauce – melts into your mouth, however I think the pork belly sliders at Animal are a little more decadent and delicious.  The chicken sandwich was a nice surprise because I am not a huge fan of fried chicken, but this one was one of the best — super crunchy chicken breast, sandwiched between house made slaw and pickled cucumbers on a soft roll.  Delish!  My favorite dish was the brandade with poached egg — creamy salted cod and whipped potatoes with a nicely poached egg and greens — couldn’t of been better.  The hanger steak was excellent as well – portion a tad small for the price and I would of enjoyed the frites under the steak instead of on a separate plate — just me.  Steak came with crunchy fried oysters which made it over the top rich…great touch.

The wines are all offered by the glass or bottle.  I recommend the 2008 Cotes Du Ventoux, Chateau Valcombe – very smooth and pairs nicely with the food.  Son of a Gun is a great new dining experience for LA and I recommend calling way ahead for a table.

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