The new Littlefork in Hollywood brings Chef Jason Travi back on the dining scene after Fraiche, with a bar program helmed by Brian Butler (Sunny Spot) and Dino Balocchi, formerly of Longman and Eagle in Chicago. With my fond memories of Longman and Eagle's cocktails, I was pretty excited about Dino moving here! The exterior of Littlefork was a bit out of place - a white corner building with a small "littlefork" painted on the wall - but the inside is a beautiful bar and a spacious, elegant dining room.
Chef Travi makes his own pickles here, and he really goes all out. As you walk in to the restaurant, take a look to your right, behind the hostess stand. There's a whole wall of pickle jars.
From pickled beets to brussels sprouts (my favorite!), he pickles them all.
The cocktail menu here features house-made bitters, house-made tonic and ginger beer (cocktails are $11 each). The El Perdido is made with tequila, lime, chartreuse, cocchi americano, and the house-made strawberry chile bitters.
A fun appetizer for the table is the Maple eggs with crispy bacon
Our multi-course tasting meal continues with the Chowder: clams, bacon, oyster crackers
The Clam cakes with house tartar sauce are airy and fluffy
Hot smoked salmon, leek fritters. The leek fritters were more pancake-like. Another elevated breakfast dish for dinner.
Kale salad, avocado, egg, red onion, blood orange
Duck breast, braised greens, maple cider sauce
Brussels sprouts, apple cider braised, sage, crispy chicken skin
We tried two dessert starting with the Whoopie Pie with marshmallow fluff. The whoopie pie was a bit too sweet for me to have too much of. I much preferred the Apple cider donuts with apple butter, which were neither too sweet nor too dense.
|Don't forget to dip it into the apple butter|
OK, back to the cocktails.
|Saskatchewan Summer |
(rye, cardamom, honey, fernet, forbidden bitters)
Oh, and yes, Dino did also bring Malort from Chi-town (taste at your own risk). I've heard it described as "swamp water", "rubber tire", and "dying old man".
I do, however, recommend the 19th Century Sour (bourbon, pinot noir, demerara, lemon, bitters, egg white) and the Georgetown Swizzle (dark rum, Jamaican rum, EXR, lime, demerara, mint).
I loved both the food and cocktails at Littlefork and can't wait to return. At least on the Sunday night that I was there, the place is not yet crowded and would make for a great, chill spot to have dinner or drinks in Hollywood.
1600 Wilcox Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028