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Iceman May 1, 2011 11:18 AM

So we heard a lot of buzz about A-Frame, in Culver City, so decided to check it out.

It's a cool place, the beer list is awesome, the menu is interesting. We started with the salads and this was very good, nice maui onion slices, fresh, and tasty dressing. The beers had a nice bite, craftsman good.

But I had the knuckle sandwich and it was awful. Imagine a plate of stewed oxtail combined with cartelage and grissle, with a side of bread for either dipping or munching or making your own sandwiches. After a few bites of a rather tasteless product, I got pretty tired of eating what amounted to a big bowl of fat swimming in a puddle of bland muck. The bread was actually very good, but that was about it, and paying $23 for some nice toast is crazy.

GF has the cheeseburger which wasn't much better. Bland meat, weird toppings.

Maybe we ordered the wrong things, which does happen sometimes, but I was a little astounded at how a place which was getting rave reviews turned out to be pretty lame.

Dessert was okay, service was nice, atmosphere was good, but in the end it all comes down to the food and the main courses were borderline inedible.

My two cents. Hope others had a better experience.

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A-Frame
12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

  1. dahulagirl Dec 14, 2011 12:10 PM

    Just went this past Saturday. The Heirloom Pickles......DEVINE!! The beer can chicken was everything I wanted it to be after seeing Susan Fenniger praise it on "Best Thing I Ever Ate"

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    A-Frame
    12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

     
     
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      bulavinaka May 1, 2011 01:04 PM

      I haven't been since some time in March - the two mains that you ordered are part of their new menu items. I'm not much into oxtails for the reasons that you mention. I find them too rich and fatty for me (I can have a couple pieces maybe), but I'm surprised that they meat itself was bland. As for the burger - just curious - what weird toppings did it come with?

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        thegthang May 1, 2011 02:02 PM

        I agree with your taste in oxtails, also the reason I don't normally order them. The spring menu at A-Frame is pretty good. I had the burger last night and the toppings were a tomato confit, cheddar cheese, pickled red onions, lettuce and a sesame mayo. Oh, and a spritz of hot sauce. It was my second time trying the burger. I'm not going to put in the fight for "best" LA burger, but it is pretty tasty and a great option when sharing several plates. They also had a new desert last night which is not on the menu yet. It was a banana cream pie infused with Bacon and topped with an excellent Bacon brittle.

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        A-Frame
        12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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          Iceman May 1, 2011 05:45 PM

          I may need to stick with more conventional fare. Bacon is great, but I've never liked it in a dessert....

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            thegthang May 1, 2011 07:01 PM

            Yeah I usually dislike bacon with desert because it's normally paired with chocolate. This was a pleasant change. Hands down though the best desert at A-Frame are the "Chu Don't Know Mang" churros.

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            A-Frame
            12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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