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101 Best Restaurants in America
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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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
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 07:17
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]
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 10:40
Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
LA Weekly
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 13:21
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
Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 08:06
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
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 16:14
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
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 06:57
Jeremy Fox is a renowned vegetarian chef & starting May 17th - May 23rd, hell be doing an exclusive prix fixe menu at the Animal for just $70. Now the trick is getting a reservation. Bonne chance.
Friday, May 14, 2010 - 08:31
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.
Food Network
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 11:47
Bacon choco crunch good! Pork belly sandwich must have.
Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 12:58
Always always always get the porkbelly sandwich. From there, experiment.
Monday, April 5, 2010 - 20:23
foie gras, biscuit & maple sausage gravy = my new favorite food
Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 15:58
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
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 08:52
Order anything, you can't go wrong. Foie Gras Moco Loco is one of my all time favorites.
Friday, December 23, 2011 - 15:31
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.
Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 21:32
If you don't get the $35 foie GRAS burger you ain't shit
Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 19:18
share plates. All the food is really good so share it!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 19:44
order the pig ear, chili, lime and fried egg. totAlly worth $9
Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 17:49
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
Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 13:04
Oxtail and pulled pork belly sandwich !
Margaret TOTO Jean
Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 21:50
Victor is the best! Get Hamachi tostada Always , pig ears and porkbelly sliders
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 21:05