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"Roy Choi and David Patterson Try To Start a Healthful Fast-Food Revolution in Watts with LocoL" by Jonathan Gold on latimes.com On LocoL's website, it announces that this is to be a chain, and that they plan to open in San Francisco's Tenderloin district:
I flew through this Christmas present in a couple of days. This is a riveting read although some may be intially put off by his hip-hop vernacular. Stay with it and you get a poignant story of a guy who's lived a crazy life so far. Restaurant latchkey kid, door-to door jewelry hustling with his parents, juvenile delinquency, lowrider, gambler, financial worker, cooking school at the CIA, hotel chef, food truck and now restaurant owner. Given his success creating the Kogi Taco food truck and subsequent restaurants in Los Angeles all celebrating hybrid cusine, the recipes are all over the map as well in a good way, tweaking comfort food classics with some different techniques/ingredients. I've already made the gumbo (his tribute to Emeril Legassse's Essence Of Emeril cooking show that kickstarted him from a partying low-life to his cooking career) and it turned out great. The flanken short ribs for the Korean grill classic kalbi have been marinating overnight and are on the menu for today.
I had a fantastic dinner last night at A-Frame in Culver City. I highly recommend visitors to LA to stop at this much lauded restaurant. We shared the beer can chicken, peel and eat shrimp from the happy hour menu, corn bread, sweet and sour choi and kitchen fries. The chicken was insanely moist with a very crisp skin, served with house made kimchi, 2 sauces and a century egg. The shrimp were covered in kaffir lime salt and we were encouraged to lick our fingers after eating the shrimp to bring the flavor back around. The choi with chinese broccoli and bok choy and sausage may have been my favorite with a sticky but not too sweet glaze. The fries were fantastic with a variety of huge wedges of sweet potatos served with a kimchi sour cream. The cornbread was also great with the butter and salsa verde. The building is an old IHOP (hence the A-frame) and has communal seating. We got there on the early side while driving through and did not have to share but later I am sure you will. The music isn't quiet but lends to hip hop of the early 2000s... think jay z and biggie. I love it but grandma may not. WaikikiHo: gin, angostura, pineapple, passionfruit, lime was AMAZING. I do not like gin but after tasting it I ordered my own, amazing and went with the food really well. (and $7 on the happy hour menu!)
I've had many great meals and snacks in LA this week but I have to say Kogi Taco is not among them. Far from it. At first I thought it was really good then I noticed the grease pit left where my food had been. I also think flour tortillas would be better. For the record I've had Korean tacos at Hankook, a knock off of Kogi in Atlanta. Those were much better than what I just ate. I'll post my great meals when I have time. ETA: name of place in Atlanta and that my bad impression has been validated by many since yesterday...