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Jun 5, 2010 12:51 PM

Favorite Pork Belly dishes in Los Angeles?

What have I been missing my entire life?

A few years ago in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, I discovered it was Cajun boudin...

A couple months ago at Trader Joe's it was Hendricks's Gin. Curiously I didn’t think I liked gin...

Then just last week I discovered what I’ve been missing out on is pork belly. I tried Wat Dong Moon Lek's pork belly (fried to a crunch) served with crispy spicy green beans. And last night Animal’s pork belly (braised) sliders-- perfect after a couple of Hendrick’s Martini’s.

Where else should I go for crunchy pork belly?

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  1. I hven't tried it yet so I don't know if it is crispy or not but I have heard a lot of good omments on the pork belly skewers at the Laurel Tavern. In fact I'm going next week just to try them. I've tried their marrow bones which were out of site but overlooked the porkbelly skewers.

    Laurel Tavern
    11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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    1. re: Hughlipton

      I don't remember them being crispy...but they are delicious.

      1. re: Hughlipton

        Went to Laurel Tavern last night. As good as advertised. Several skewers with a pinot noir and life was good.

        Laurel Tavern
        11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

      2. Father's Office in Culver City served yesterday a fantastic "Braised Veronese Pancetta" ($16)

        Unfortunately, they adamantly refused to provide any bread with it.
        "That's the way He envisioned it" is all the guy at the counter would say.

        Just to avoid any misunderstandings:
        "He" referred to FO's owner Sang Yoon.
        Capitalized in my transliteration to convey the speaker's intended mystical emphasis.

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        1. re: RicRios

          Yah, that's how they roll there, as if SY is a god.

          1. re: RicRios

            That's about par for the course at Father's Office.

            Father's Office Bar
            1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

          2. WP24...expensive, but worth every bite!

            1. If you're in the SFV try Sanamluang Cafe on Sherman Way just west of Coldwater. They have a fantastic combo dish with crisp pork belly, duck and, I've forgotten what else is included. It's where all the local Thai people eat and they're open 24hrs.

              1. Also at Animal, the pork belly Kimchi with peanuts, chili soy and scallion is freaking RIDICULOUS!! We have to have it everytime we go. God Help Us, when they decide to take it off the menu!!

                Also, recently at Parks BBQ in K-Town, their seasoned pork belly ROCKED. My husband is a porketarian and he claimed it to be as close to heaven as, well, the Animal PB Kimchi, of course!!

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                1. re: Phurstluv

                  Since Animal was mentioned, the Pork Belly sandwiches are also insanely good. It just melts in your mouth.

                    1. re: kainzero

                      second the pork belly sliders we had at Animal. They were awesome