Friday, August 1, 2014

Holy Smokes

Pork Belly's mans up Abbot Kinney

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Don’t get us wrong. Kale salads, hemp shoes, and rose hip tea are all good.

But some nights on Abbot Kinney, we're looking for something more hush puppy than huppie (cross between a hippie and a yuppie).
 
So we welcome Pork Belly’s arrival to the block. At this bare bones walk-up across from Local 1205, you’ll walk into a sound cloud of Zeppelin and the Doors. You’ll hear manly men shouting orders. You’ll see… those men too. Making the best sandwiches this side of Kansas City.
 
They start with a 300-pound Southern Pride smoker. Brisket, meatballs, and the famous pork belly are luxuriously smoked for hours (ribs hit the menu in two weeks). Then they scoop the meats onto brioche, sourdough, or baguette.
 
For sides, they’re slinging sweet tots (sweet potato tater tots) and fried pickles.
 
Trailblazers they are, it’s no surprise then that they’re one of very few eateries in LA to have a Coke Freestyle machine this baby has 120 flavors for you to mix and match.
 
Barq’s Root Beer and Vanilla Sprite mixed with Hi-C orange-vanilla to make a root beer float and creamsicle all in one?
 
Yeah, you can have a juice later.

Pork Belly’s porkbellysla.com
1146 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (Aragon Ct.), Venice
(424) 777-8875
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Street
Scene: Dudes with high metabolisms, local shopkeepers
Best bets: The Pork Belly; sweet tots; brisket
Hot seat: There are no seats, so try the lean-to on the graffitied side of the building
Nearby: Otherroom; Local 1205; Willie Jane

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