A few weeks ago, J and I made our way back to California for a family visit. (Boy, had I taken that weather for granted!) There were a few places we knew we needed to go back to. In-n-Out, of course. Maybe our favorite breakfast spot. And definitely A-Frame.
Located in our old ‘hood in the Mar Vista/Culver City/Venice-ish area, A-Frame was the last restaurant we ate at together before heading East. And it was frickin’ amazing.
For a while now I’ve been a huge fan of Roy Choi, who is the mastermind behind A-Frame, along with his other establishments Chego (another fave!) and Sunny Spot (a must-try next time I’m in LA!) Most importantly, he started off with the Kogi truck, which started the food truck revolution that so many of us are familiar with today. With a talent that combines his Korean background with Mexican influences of his hometown of Los Angeles, Roy Choi has created a unique and groundbreaking cuisine– no pretentious frou frou food, just Damn. Good. Food. A-Frame serves self-professed modern picnic food, meant to be eaten with your fingers and shared. And, to me at least, it doesn’t get any better than that.
(Clockwise from top left) “Kitchen Fries” of different varieties of potatoes with kimchi sour cream, baby back ribs glazed with hoisin-chili sauce, dessert (more on that below), and sesame leaf wrapped shrimp tempura with a shoyu (soy sauce) dip.
The dessert– well, that deserves a standing ovation. This is the BEST dessert I have ever been served in a restaurant, and as you may have guessed, I have eaten a lot of desserts. It’s called “Chu-Don’t-Know-Mang”, because until you’ve tried it, chu really don’t know, mang. Churros— fried and made out of POUND CAKE, for goodness’ sake– are rolled in cinnamon, and served with malted chocolate milk and vanilla ice cream. Your eyes will roll back in your head. Yes. It’s that good.
A-Frame (Mar Vista/Culver City area)
12565 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066