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At this ultimate haven for adventurous carnivores, chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo have won a host of awards for their hearty, straightforward, and innovative cooking. Dishes like crispy pig head with salsa macho, crema, and avocado; oxtail poutine; and kung pao sweetbreads keep chefs and civilians alike coming back for more. With their second restaurant, Son of a Gun, which opened in 2011, and a new partnership with chef Ludo Lefebvre in the works, these two former outsiders have been fully accepted into the rotation of full-fledged culinary trendsetters.

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Los Angeles Times
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
Daniel Chivardi
Victor is the best! Get Hamachi tostada Always , pig ears and porkbelly sliders
Travel Channel
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.
Andrew S
Order anything, you can't go wrong. Foie Gras Moco Loco is one of my all time favorites.
LA Weekly
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 ...
Food Network
Duff Goldman prefers the fresh, local ingredients and the classic American cuisine at Animal on The Best Thing I Ever Ate. We recommend the Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar. Find more tips at FN Local.
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.
“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
LA Weekly
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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
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]
Rob Heppler
If you don't get the $35 foie GRAS burger you ain't shit
Margaret TOTO Jean W
Oxtail and pulled pork belly sandwich !
Jeremy Fox is a renowned vegetarian chef & starting May 17th - May 23rd, he’ll be doing an exclusive prix fixe menu at the Animal for just $70. Now the trick is getting a reservation. Bonne chance.
Geoff Oki
Always always always get the porkbelly sandwich. From there, experiment.
Jamie Morris
foie gras, biscuit & maple sausage gravy = my new favorite food
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
Cecilia Sun
Bacon choco crunch good! Pork belly sandwich must have.
Ben Roche
share plates. All the food is really good so share it!
Alex Rose
order the pig ear, chili, lime and fried egg. totAlly worth $9
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