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Map & Directions 435 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

The first thing you should know about Animal is that it is practically a shrine to bacon, which appears everywhere on the short, seasonal menu, up to and including a chocolate dessert. The chefs, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, former Food Network stars who call themselves the Food Dudes, are the Jay and Silent Bob of the food world, perpetually red-eyed and rarely seen outside one another's company, and they seem to consider a dish incomplete without a sliver of pancetta, a crumble of Nueske's Wisconsin bacon, a bit of pork belly, or a slab of the bacon they smoke themselves in the kitchen. Animal is a poor place to bring a Muslim or an Orthodox Jew. But the operating principle at Animal is neither the aggressive clams-in-ham philosophy of so much avant-garde cooking nor the Rabelaisian head-to-tail approach but testosterone-laced pleasure: a simple, howlingly good plate of crisp, assertively salted hominy; a bubbling crock of melted cheese spiked with a few slips of thinly sliced chorizo. Chefs have been serving seared foie gras with syrups and compotes for centuries: Animal's take is to put it on a sweetened version of the truck-stop standard of biscuits and sausage gravy. Animal is small and loud and powered by seasonal organic produce; has a nice list of manly wines available by the bottle, the glass and the half-bottle carafe; and although it is populated with people who like meat, is unafraid to serve an unadorned bowl of fruit for dessert ... if only at those times when even bacon isn't enough. See full review.

Member Reviews

  • digB wrote a review for Animal
    on 02/28/11

    really good food, great atmosphere too

  • dishing wrote a review for Animal
    on 09/07/10

    I loved Animal. I thought it was fantastic. The food was amazing, and the service was tremendous. Probably 80% of the menu is all meat - or meaty type products. I had pig ear with chili and lime topped with an egg. I had pig tails, buffalo style - delicious! And then the foie gras loco moco was fantastic. I almost ate the whole menu. It's good to go with a group so then you can... More >>

  • khani1 wrote a review for Animal
    on 07/21/09

    vegetarians move over! this place is amazing for all you carnivores out there! Try the Foie Gras with Maple Sausage and Gravy. yuuummmm! They have a great wine menu, too!

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  • Bravo on 01/27/10

    If you need a late meal, Animal is open until 2am on weekends. Food is great and they serve "PBR" in a can.-Michael Voltaggio, Top Chef

  • Eater on 12/01/10

    A newbie by comparison to some Eater 38 members, Jon and Vinny's small and loud porkapalooza delight remains all the rage with the food set. [Eater 38 Member]

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • Bravo on 12/02/10

    Take a walk on the tasty side of fun food. Totally relaxed atmosphere and spot on food. Lardo has never been my favorite...ever...but I like it here.-Rick Moonen, Top Chef

  • LA Weekly on 10/04/11

    Animal is small and loud and powered by seasonal organic produce; has a nice list of manly wines and is unafraid to serve an unadorned bowl of fruit for dessert ...

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