|Black Hogg's cod n' chips with waffle fries|
Right now it's the place everyone wants to be, from TV stars to adorkable couples, and the wait can be painful. (Hint: If only four-tops are available, see if another couple wants to share -- you may make some new friends.)
The food is gastropubbish in nature, and not entirely as piggy as the name might suggest. A Black Hogg is apparently a young sheep, so the signature burger is a lamb burger with blue cheese ($17). A liquor license is still in the works, so a trip to Sunset Beer or Silver Lake Wine beforehand is highly recommended.
|9 lettuce salad with ricotta salata|
|herbed chicken liver with chicken skin garnish|
Most everyone orders the fried olives or fried "popcorn bacon," but we saved our oil rations for fish 'n chips ($15). Matt was crazy for the ruffled chips, which fall somewhere between crispy potato chips and fried potatoes and would make a terrific bar snack with a good dipping sauce. The fish itself was bland, though perhaps that can't be helped with cod, but we liked the crunchy nut-brown ale batter. We skipped dessert, as the angry mobs waiting for tables looked ready to break out the pitchforks.
Verdict: Black Hogg is fun and buzzy, though a little uneven in its first weeks. I love this kind of greasy, over-the-top meatiness at a casual drinking spot like Beer Belly, but I'm not sure I like it as much in a real restaurant. Add a few creative vegetable small plates to vary the non-stop pork parade, and we'll talk.
2852 Sunset Blvd.