Yeah, I gotta say I liked it, too!
The only thing we didn't devour was the dressed greens salad (forgot what the real name on the menu was...) and that only suffered because it was rather subtle and slightly one-note acidic in a procession of big flavor and umami bombs.
I find it surprising that everyone is bashing the restaurant over a dish labeled "Popcorn Bacon with Maple Cream" and based on fat content of the menu- seriously? We understood what we were in for as soon as we read the menu description, hell, as soon as we decided to go to a restaurant named "Black Hogg"... This ain't refined Kaiseki, and no claims toward such are being made. I would describe it as somewhere between "dude food" and "stoned food" and I don't think that's a bad thing at all- just something one should know on the way in (and ought to be moderately evident).
Incidentally, the popcorn bacon dish convinced my "no pork or beef- ever" SO to eat pork every now and again (thank you, Black Hogg!).
Gotta say I'm really surprised at the reviews above. But then again, menu last night has changed significantly since 2012.
uni toast, bone marrow, churros
"Egg and acid make an appearance also on the báhn mì, a deeply satisfying sandwich of mortadella, capicola, pâté and a vinegary slaw, topped with a runny egg."
carne asado fries
"Lechon Asado Fries with Roast Kurobuta Pork, Kennebecs, Mojo de Ajo, Queso Fresco and Crispy Pork Skin"
Popcorn bacon was seriously crack. The banh mi was prepared perfectly (with proper viet style french bread to boot). The asado fries were f'n amazing - toppings were delicious and the fries remained crispy all the way until the end.
I don't understand the chicken liver critique at ALL. To me, it reminded me of a really intense open faced banh mi with pate as the only meat.
I'd go again in a heart beat. Not sure if it's still BYOB though.
5 items + 3 beers = 100 bucks after tax before tip. excellent friendly service.
perfect 5/5 from this guy.
I have to say since JGold left, who I thought was at least entertaining reading and sometimes very informative.
Besha reminds me of a terrible blogger. Just my two cents, her writing may be acceptable for the Northridge Weekly Press, but prolly not the LA weekly even. I'm sure they could have gotten a stronger writer.
Sorry if I offended anyone, but I keeping reading her rants and sorry but they are just not very good. yeah, i know i'm a pretty crappy writer too, but i'm not working at a pretty huge weekly.
re: Helper Monkey
We enjoyed the fish 'n chips and the crispy waffle fries. The chicken liver toasts were tasty but kinda looked like dogfood. We didn't actually have any pork so it is possible to do. I'd give it another try, I didn't dislike it as passionately as these posters, although the wait was punishing.
I would say the meal I had there was just alright.
The popcorn bacon was decent, but really needed some acid. Ask for a few lemons.
Liked the lamburger and liver toasts, but the marrow was one of the worst marrow dishes I've had in LA. They served them with tortillas which might sound like a cute idea but they didn't bother to toast or fry them. This resulted in the flour tortillas instantly turning into a paste when chewed and completely washed out any delicious marrow flavor.
It seems like the dishes would go great with some beer. I'll give them another shot when they get their license.
1 train runs through Black Hogg, and it's a short one.
The fried cured pork belly is unsavory after 2 bites, as was the lamb burger (cosigning the bleu cheese issue).
The uni was substandard, as was the unevenly cooked, greasy brussel sprout. The liver pate was edible, but doesn't live up to its menu labeling.
If you want to eat at an Asian-owned casual Westerny joint in Silverlake, there's just no alternative better than Forage. Afterwards, wondered if Black Hogg had compost bin so I may redistribute the content of my bowels.
If you love pork, It's fantastic. Just go and don't look back.
pork belly tacos
bacon pop corn (omg, so good. but definitely share with others)
mussels with you guessed it...bacon
Other people seem to like it, but I didn't care too much for the lamb burger. The blue cheese was way too overpowering.