Eating Out: Animal Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA)

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Animal Restaurant is Jon Shook and Vinnie Dotolo’s gem of a restaurant in Los Angeles. They serve a variety of animal parts from a wide spectrum of species and all the dishes are at once creative yet comforting.

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Henry and I came here tonight with Melissa & Dallas (of Whole9), Melicious (of The Clothes Make The Girl) and Dave. Together, we ordered two-thirds of the entire menu — even doubles (sliders!) and triples (marrow!) of certain dishes. We were all on a mass gain protocol.

The menu clearly states: “changes and modifications politely declined” so we just ordered everything that looked tasty, even if there were non-Paleo ingredients. Stop gasping — when it’s worth it, you indulge, then jump right back onto the Paleo bandwagon.

Here’s a quick rundown of what we ate:

Seared foie gras over a biscuit and maple sausage gravy…

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…foie gras terrine, boysenberry jam, and rose geranium gastrique…

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…grilled chicken hearts, baba ghanoush, yogurt, tomato, and flat bread…

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…chicken liver toast…

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…coconut sweetbreads, raita, mango, and tamarind…

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…shrimp and rabbit sausage spring roll, eggplant, sprouts, and grain curry…

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…marrow bone, chimichurri, and caramelized onions…

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…veal brains, vadouvan, apple sauce, and carrot…

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…crispy pig’s head, pickled vegetables, and aioli…

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…pig ear, chili, lime, and fried egg…

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…pig tails, “buffalo style,” celery, and ranch dressing…

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…barbecue pork belly sliders and slaw…

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…flat iron, artichoke hash, and truffle parmesan fondue…

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…Alaskan halibut, corn, wild fennel, cherry tomatoes, and lobster butter…

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…balsamic pork ribs, tomato & cucumber panzanella…

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…crispy rabbit legs, meyer lemon aioli, and green beans…

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…bacon chocolate crunch bar, salt and pepper ice cream…

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…and berries, vanilla custard, lavender crumble, and opal basil.

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The chow was AWESOME but the company was even better! I love nomming with adventurous eaters, especially those who are sharp, funny, and warm.

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We spent three-and-a-half hours laughing, sharing stories, and gobbling up liver, heart, sweetbreads, tail, head, and a good amount of SUGAR, GLUTEN, & DAIRY. I savored every bite ‘cause you can’t live like an animal, especially if you’re eating at Animal.

I can’t wait to return to this restaurant!


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