The Skinny: In one night, I went to a gastropub in Eagle Rock called The Oinkster and stopped by The Black Boar, a no frills bar. Then on whim, I ended my evening at The Pitfire Pizza Company that’s located in between Culver City and Venice Beach.
Oinkster is popular hipster-ish restaurant that got spotlighted by Guy Fieri on his show Drives, Dives, and Diners. The establishment is known for their Pastrami and BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches.
The Black Boar is an Irish style pub I Yelped and went to after eating at the Oinkster.
The Pitfire Pizza Company is a relatively new and trendy place that had a live DJ, wooden decor, Sangrias, and really good Pizza Bread.
The Oinkster: Since I went here with some friends, I was able to trade one half of my BBQ Pulled Pork for his “Oinkster Pastrami.” The sandwiches came as a combo with Belgian Fries, a nice dill pickle, and my choice of a hoppy Eagle Rock beer on tap. The BBQ Pulled Pork is described as being brined in Soy and Honey and then slowly roasted and smoked. It came packaged with a Red Cabbage Slaw, Caramelized Onions and BBQ Sauce. While my friend preferred the Pastrami that came pretty much built the same way, except without the BBQ Sauce and with Gruyere Cheese, I liked the Pork more. It could have been because it was the first thing I ate while it was still hot, so all the flavors just felt that much more comforting. When I got to the Pastrami, it was cold and falling apart and it didn’t have the same flavor impact as the Pulled Pork did. It was still good, peppery and full of fatty goodness with the Slaw complimenting everything else. The Belgian style Fries came with Garlic Aioli, and they were pretty addictive. I also love the fact they have an outdoor seating area where I can drink beer openly during a nice Spring evening.
The Black Boar: The Black Boar is a pub not too far from The Oinkster. Inside it the interior and vibe is that of an Irish bar, with dart boards, a Foosball table, old Celtic letterings everywhere, and left over St. Patty’s Day whiskey promos still hanging from the ceilings. I liked the place and the indie rock music they had playing on the jukebox. It’s the kind of bar I wish I had near my house so I can be a regular. However their mixed drinks were watered down, but it’s forgivable because my friend had ordered a girly one in a seemingly no frills kind of bar. Plus, the dark haired bartender girl with a nose ring was hot!
The Pitfire Pizza Company: I wasn’t really expecting to go here, but my friend decided on a whim to try it out for the first time after we talked about pizzas we had and loved in Los Angeles. When we got there, the atmosphere reminded me of my design school years with the interior being in a big open area and the kitchen in plain view sight. While we were waiting in line to order, the DJ was playing Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” as industrial lights guided us to the cashier lady. It was cool, the atmosphere made me feel young again.
My friend and I ordered a pitcher of Sangria and two small Pizzas, one with Wild Arugula and the other with Pumpkin Squash. Both were delicious. The Arugula pizza seemed to have very few ingredients, even with the haystack size greens on top. The Burrata Cheese, Tomato Sauce, Caramelized Onio, Hazelnut , and Pesto Drizzle that were on it, all worked well together (or at least I thought since I was kind buzzed) on the light and airy Pizza Bread. The Pumpkin Squash Farmers Market special had the good kind of cheese that actually stretched as you pull away from a bite. These days, in order for Pizza chains to deliver 5 dollar specials, they opt for the cottage cheese kind that is texturely mushy even when hot. Pitfire Pizza’s seems to be doing it right, with their fresh hippie like ingredients, that delicious pizza dough formula, and their art student music playing in the background. Oh…and the Sangria was a bit too fruit punchy, but good enough to make me stumble as I walked out.
The Oinkster: None really.
The Black Boar: The only thing that doesn’t really bother me is the watered down mixed drinks. No biggy though, since all I was drinking was Jameson.
The Pitfire Pizza Company: While the Pumpkin Squash Pizza was tasty, the special ingredient was hardly noticeable. It was a bit too subtle. I think maybe if they caramelized the pieces of Squash a bit before cooking the pie in the oven, it would’ve tasted just a little bit better.
Would you come back again? Sure x 3.
More Info: TheOinkster: 2005 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041 | Expect to pay about 15 bucks for a Sandwich with a Beer and Fries. | The Black Boar: 1630 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 | The Jameson cost me 7 bucks per order | The Pitfire Pizza Company: 2018 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035 | Expect to pay 10 bucks for a Small Pie & 15 for a pitcher of Sangria.
The Skinny: Tucked away inside MGM, Wolfgang Puck modernizes the traditional “bar & grill” concept. I’ve walked past it many times, but never really thought anything of it until I sat down to eat. The restaurant has a very garden chic feel to it. You almost feel like you’re dining in LA until you hear the lovely sounds of the machines in the casino. My friend and I dined here before a show, definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something trendy & upscale, but not stuffy.
The High: Truffled Potato Chips, Maytag Blue Cheese Sauce. This is my favorite dish. It is a brick in your stomach good. The huge chunks of blue cheese may have been a little bit overkill, but the first bite was an explosion of blue cheese & truffle. We also had the Chinois Chicken Salad, Candied Peanuts, Crisp Wontons, Chinese Mustard Vinaigrette. It was one of the best Chinese chicken salad’s I’ve had. The dressing wasn’t too overpowering as it is in most chicken salads, it was subtle but noticeable.
The Low: BBQ chicken pizza. I liked the first bite, but after that it didn’t really do anything for me. I liked how subtle the BBQ taste was, but the flavor just didn’t do it for me. Maybe BBQ chicken just needs that tangy BBQ taste.
Would you come back again? I suppose so, like I said, a cool place to hang out and people watch, but there are so many places to do that already, I’d probably only come back for the truffle chips.
More Info: www.wolfgangpuck.com
– Sniper Tam *pew pew pew!*
The Skinny: Amazing New York Pizza at the Cosomopolitan. Literally a hole in the wall. If I didn’t tell you where it was you’d never be able to find it. NEVER. On the second level of the Cosmopolitan inbetween Jaleo & Blue Ribbon sushi, is this long hallway full of old school vinyl covers. When you get to the end of the hall way it’s like you got warped to a New York Pizzeria, The staff is amazingly nice. Especially the pizza makers. You pick your base either Cheese, Pepperoni, or White and make your “magic” at the end. When it’s Nico making the pizza it’s “making magic” at the end with your toppings. Counter seating only. Or by the slice or by the pie, however hungry you are, they can accomodate. This place is so off the map that they aren’t even mentioned on the cosmopolitan website.
The High: I ordered a White pizza w/ garlic & ricotta, roasted tomoates and basil. The minute I took a bite into that pizza I was in pizza heaven. The crisp of the crust and the flavors of the toppings just went so well together. This is definitely a great place to grab a quick bite to each before you head out for the night or if you’re ending your night and you need something greasy, the Pizzeria is the place to be. I’ve brought several east coasters to do the ultimate test and they’ve passed with flyin colors. If a New Yorker says it’s good, it’s GOTTA be good.
The Low: hard to find if you’ve never been there. Just remember, there are no signs for this place. So it’s on the 3rd floor, in between Jaleo & Blue Ribbon sushi. You can’t miss it…..or maybe you can 😀
Would you come back again: Absofrickinlutely! I will drive down to the strip just to have this pizza. I’ve had Rocco’s NY Pizza & I’ve had Grimaldis, Pizzeria still takes the cake.
More Info: www.yelp.com. Expect to spend $3 for the basic slice and $.50 per additional topping.
– Sniper Tam *Pew Pew Pew*