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435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-9225
New American
Mon–Thu: 6:00 PM–11:00 PM Fri: 6:00 PM–1:00 AM Sat: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM Sun: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

At this ultimate haven for adventurous carnivores, chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo have won a host of awards, among other things being included among Food & Wine's roster of Best New Chefs of 2009. Their cooking at Animal is hearty, straightforward, and innovative, and dishes like their foie-gras-spiked loco moco, oxtail poutine, and "Buffalo style" crispy pig's tail keep chefs and civilians alike coming back for more. — Molly Aronica, 2/18/11

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LA Weekly
2010-12-29 18:21:20
Best restaurant in LA. Period! Very knowledgeable staff will guide your entire meal. I love sitting at the bar, it becomes a communal event with all the other patrons. Korbin, Pretty Hurts
2011-03-15 10:57:06
Always always always get the porkbelly sandwich. From there, experiment.
2010-04-06 00:23:22
foie gras, biscuit & maple sausage gravy = my new favorite food
2010-03-27 19:58:49
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]
2010-12-01 15:40:10
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
2010-01-27 12:17:27
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 ...
LA Weekly
2011-10-04 20:14:25
If you don't get the $35 foie GRAS burger you ain't shit
2010-09-18 23:18:15
John Shook and Vinny Dotolo have a pretty good sense of what tastes good, be it melted cheese with chorizo or calves' brains with the French curry vadouvan
Los Angeles Times
2013-06-06 12:52:01
Animal is a carnivore-centric restaurant specializing in all those good bits. Tony Bourdain tried marrow bone, chicken hearts, hamachi tostada, coconut sweetbreads, pig tails and crispy rabbit legs.
Travel Channel
2012-08-26 17:04:00
I know everyone else suggested the "Pork Belly Pig" already, but I am verifying it. It is the best I could ever imagine. Bacon x 10. -- I'd fight a gang of twenty for these slider. I'd destroy them.
2011-08-07 01:32:32
Oxtail and pulled pork belly sandwich !
Margaret TOTO Jean
2010-09-10 01:50:53
Bacon choco crunch good! Pork belly sandwich must have.
2009-12-27 17:58:29
Victor is the best! Get Hamachi tostada Always , pig ears and porkbelly sliders
2012-10-26 01:05:39
One of the best dishes: Foie Gras Loco Moco. Yup, they put those two together.
2011-09-30 18:18:49
meat meat meat! For all you meatlovers!
2011-08-29 11:33:43
Eat your boyfriend's portion of the BBQ pork belly won't regret it!
2011-07-26 00:52:14
If the Pig Tails are on the menu, get it. But always start off with the chicken liver mousse on toast. End the meal with the veal sweetbreads which they flash fry leaving the inside super creamy.
2013-10-28 12:12:21
Mohammed Albarrak
2013-10-19 00:16:28
Off menu item: agedashi tofu... trust me
2013-09-23 00:44:15