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Son of a Gun must orders?

Well, hurricane Irene left me stuck in LA for a few days longer than I had planned, so I'm going to make the most of it by trying Son of a Gun tonight. Is there anything that really shouldn't be missed? I'm probably going solo, so not going to be able to sample 3/4 of the menu, as I've seen many of the reviewers do. Thanks so much for any recommendations!

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Son of a Gun
8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  1. Things vary. The servers are pretty good at telling what's good--with the possible exception of dessert.
    You might be sitting at the communal table so you can scope what others get that looks good.

    1. I really liked their fried chicken sandwich and my catfish was also excellent...and their strawberry shortcake dessert was really delicious.

      1. Salmon collars last week were outrageously delicious. The shrimp toast and the fried chix sandwich are great but I would just pick one if I were going alone - probably the shrimp toast because it is smaller and I could order more. The aligator shnitzel is a complete waste of time. The fish in a pho broth is lovely too.

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        1. i would go w/ the lobster roll and the shrimp toast sandwich. a lot of people enjoy the fried chicken sandwich, but i don't think it's different enough, and it is one of the few things that might fill you up. i love the frozen lime yogurt dessert, but i'm always more of a light, refreshing dessert over a heavy, chocolatey dessert guy.

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          1. re: andytseng

            probably too late for the OP, but I second the frozen lime yogurt dessert. The peel and eat shrimps are awesome, too. I like the poke too and I also second the salmon collars. Friend raved about the heirloom tomato salad, which I also found good but not mind-blowing. Also, when we were there last month they had an amazing Slovenian white wine.

            1. re: bad nono

              Thanks for the recs everyone! I had the lobster roll, shrimp toast, salmon collars--was still a bit hungry and saw bad nono's response on my phone, got the poke. Finished with lime desert. (obviously went a bit overboard here.) Everything was great, but the salmon collars were the real highlight.

              1. re: cerealdan

                Can I just say there are a number of small albeit good lobster rolls in this town and usually at premium prices (Hungry Cat, I'm lookin' at you)? I am happy to report that at happy hour at Ruth's Chris in Pasadena there is a lobster roll of variable quality (I'd say from fair to good depending) for $6. Yes, $6.

                1. re: mc michael

                  Go for the Lobster Roll, the fried chicken sandwich, the chocolate bannana dessert, and the king crab legs in tabasco butter.

            2. I am going to Son of A Gun for the first time tomorrow night. Any new must tries? Anyone been lately? Thanks.

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              1. re: wienermobile

                the fried chicken with hot sauce.

                peach pie if they have it.

                the filet w oysters and bernaise.

                and definitely that tiny, over priced, but delicious minuscule lobster roll topped with a freshly fried potato chip.

                suprsingly their coffee is good too.

                the all seafood version almost of animal. it's a good joint, sometimes i even prefer it too animal.

                1. re: kevin

                  Thanks so much...am looking forward to it and yes the peach pie is on the June menu! And will also try the Miso Foie gras with porcini, blueberry and soy for the last time I can before the ban.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    ooh, shoot, maybe i should get there too for the miso foie.

                  2. re: kevin

                    they were out of spot prawns when i was there....but i hear they're awfully good. and yes...that tiny lobster roll is quite something.

                  3. re: wienermobile

                    I concur with the shrimp toast and fried chicken sandwhich recs wholeheartedly. Last time I went the "amberjack crudo, galbi vinaigrette, pink lady " and the "roasted escolar, truffled pomme puree, chicken jus" made my dining companions and I swoon.

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      I tried the three things most people say to get: fried chicken sandwich, lobster roll, and shrimp toast. None of them hold a candle to the smoked steelhead roe and maple cream dish. GET IT!

                      1. re: kelviny

                        Ooooh.....I'd forgotten about that. That WAS amazing....

                    2. I must tell you I had a wonderful meal at Son of A Gun last night. Started with oysters on the half shell and their tart homemade ginger beer. Then those incredible two bites of heaven in their lobster rolls and the shrimp toast. The great mix of salty and sweet in the steelhead row and maple cream (thank you Kelviny for the recomendation). Their Chick fil a sandwich on steroids did not disappoint. If that was the only thing they sold there would still be a line out the door. Loved both their octopus confit salad and squid in corn butter and black garlic. But the two stars of the night were the brandade with soft egg & the linguine and clams in the uni agllio-olio. Wow to the flavors of both of those dishes. Ended the great meal with their peach & blueberry pie. Every dish was a winner. One of the best meals I've had in Los Angeles. Great Service (thank you Ursula). If you have not been here you are missing a truly wonderful meal ...and to my suprise I actually liked it more than Animal.

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                      1. re: wienermobile

                        Yep, that was it. The peach and blueberry pie.

                        glad you liked it.

                        1. re: kevin

                          You liked it so I tried it. thanks it was great. I love pie and this was good pie.

                        2. re: wienermobile

                          Thanks for reporting back. That linguine and clams with uni aglio-olio sounds amazing. Did you try the miso foie gras?

                          1. re: PeterCC

                            Wanted to try it but it was not on the menu that night.

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              i tried to snag some of that foie at bako but they didn't have it either.