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435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9225
Mon–Thu, Sun: 6:00 PM–11:00 PM Fri–Sat: 6:00 PM–Midnight

It’s hard to believe that just four years ago chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo were considered culinary renegades for showcasing dishes like crispy pig head with short-grain rice, bulldog sauce, and soy egg; marrow bone with chimichurri and caramelized onions; and crispy sweetbreads with black Sriracha and finger lime. Despite (or because of) their reputation as extreme carnivores, Shook, Dotolo, and their restaurant Animal became mainstays of the American culinary scene, and their creations kept chefs and civilians coming back for more. At this point, Shook and Dotolo are practically part of Los Angeles old guard, with other endeavors, like Trois Mec (No. 73) and Son of a Gun, taking up some of their attention. But the small, loud, and perpetually crowded original that brought them fame still sets the standard for uncompromising, All-American (read: multi-accented), straightforward cooking. Where can you order veal brains with vadouvan, apricot purée, and carrots or a foie gras/loco moco/quail egg/Spam burger?

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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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
Wed, 01/27/2010 - 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]
Wed, 12/01/2010 - 10:40
Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
LA Weekly
Wed, 12/29/2010 - 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
Thu, 12/02/2010 - 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
Tue, 10/04/2011 - 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
Tue, 03/15/2011 - 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.
Fri, 05/14/2010 - 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
Wed, 08/17/2011 - 11:47
Bacon choco crunch good! Pork belly sandwich must have.
Sun, 12/27/2009 - 12:58
Always always always get the porkbelly sandwich. From there, experiment.
Mon, 04/05/2010 - 20:23
foie gras, biscuit & maple sausage gravy = my new favorite food
Sat, 03/27/2010 - 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
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 08:52
Order anything, you can't go wrong. Foie Gras Moco Loco is one of my all time favorites.
Fri, 12/23/2011 - 15:31
share plates. All the food is really good so share it!
Tue, 08/04/2009 - 19:44
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.
Sat, 08/06/2011 - 21:32
If you don't get the $35 foie GRAS burger you ain't shit
Sat, 09/18/2010 - 19:18
order the pig ear, chili, lime and fried egg. totAlly worth $9
Thu, 07/09/2009 - 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
Sun, 08/26/2012 - 13:04
Oxtail and pulled pork belly sandwich !
Margaret TOTO Jean
Thu, 09/09/2010 - 21:50
Victor is the best! Get Hamachi tostada Always , pig ears and porkbelly sliders
Thu, 10/25/2012 - 21:05
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