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Littlefork - New in Hollywood

On their third night open, we visited for dinner. They've remodeled from the old Shin design, lightening-up the space considerably. Gone are the dark woods, replaced by light woods and a wood theme in general... but more like pine, not mahogany.

Since it's so new, I'm only going to focus on the hits and allow that the misses will work themselves out.

First, the oysters are deliciously fresh tasting, served nice and cold to great effect. There are three types to choose from.

The next great dish was the poutine. The curds were creamy, and the meat was thankfully not the "smoked meat" you would get in Montreal, for example. Rather, the meat had a smokey flavor, but tasted braised. I wasn't a big fan of Quebecios smoked meat, but I really liked this. Gravy is thoughtfully on the bottom, so the fries don't immediately get soggy.

Clam chowder was thick, chunky and flavorful as I like it.

And for sure save room for the Whoopee Pie dessert. The cake is a decadent devil's food, and the cream is fresh and not overdone.

1600 Wilcox (corner of Selma)

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  1. Sounds quite promising. How was the crowd? Did you make reservation (if they take them) or just walk in?


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    1. re: Servorg

      There was no crowd. I walked in and made a reservation the previous day. We were almost the only ones in the restaurant, but we went early. The waiter said they expect more of a late crowd, which kind of makes sense as it's Hollywood...

    2. Looking at the menu, I'm getting gastropub/comfort food? Is that correct? Interior looks a bit like Piccolo....

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      1. re: ilysla

        menu looks good! but as a side note, why must restaurants always do the menu as a PDF? pet peeve.

        1. re: mlle.emery

          I find pdf files to work great with my PC Windows 7 at home. Easy to enlarge the type and this sites menu displays perfectly. Yes it's a little more of a hassle (slightly more) with an Apple product, but still no biggie...

          1. re: Servorg

            hey, thanks for the reply servorg! glad i'm not the only one that has noticed... it's not so much the view, but the act of taking the time to open another program and save something on your computer. i know, it's minor, but for some reason it bugs me. it feels very web 2.0. I can't think of another industry that does this, not sure why the restaurant biz does...

            1. re: mlle.emery

              kind of OT but...why doesn't your PDF just open in browser?

              Not seeing how it would be more difficult on an Apple product, given Safari has native PDF support...

        2. re: ilysla

          JG described it as "elevated bar food" and I agree.

        3. Sounds like a small tine operation.

          1. Great meal at Littlefork:
            -Fresh and perfect oysters, wish we'd had more
            -Terrific maple egg
            -Smoked sturgeon & brisket (loved the johnny cakes, wish they'd serve more with them, we shoulda asked)
            -Kale Salad & Mushroom salad made loving veggies effortless
            -Cauliflower (great)
            - Brussel Sprouts, good, but I'm just so over the BS
            - Duck Confit - amazing, dreaming about this
            - Unlike the OP, wasn't knocked out by the Whoopie Pie, but perhaps it was overshadowed by the Maple Pie & Apple Cider Donuts - boom!

            Cocktails great. Wine list needs a little work.

            Can't wait to return.

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            1. re: revets2

              I too just had a great meal at Littlefork. We were wandering around the area looking for an interesting restaurant and just walked in. Weird from the outside. Pretty nifty inside. The standouts were:
              1, A pumpkin soup that changed the way I think of soups. I know that sounds extreme, but it had a homemade marshmallow type dollop (instead of a dollop of crème fresh) , along with pickled mushrooms. Sounds ridiculous. It was awesomely good.
              2. Monkfish that was made kind of like sand dabs, with an egg wash. Again, not traditional but really good. Added a nice texture.
              3. A rustic buttermilk pie. Not too sweet so it ended the meal in a nice way.
              I hope I wander into another restaurant that good soon.

            2. Just had dinner here tonight. Everything we had was delicious. As a transplanted East Coaster, it was the first spot out here that really reminded me of home.

              - Oysters fresh and tasty
              - Clam cakes were the perfect combo of airy and clammy. SO's first time trying them and he liked them so much we skipped dessert to have a second order.
              - Oyster sliders had a great crunch on the outside that was light enough to allow the meatiness of the oysters to shine through. Great bread, too.
              - Duck breast was our semi-random selection given we had seafood on the brain. It was some of the better duck I've had and the mostarda that came with it was a great complement.

              Prices were pretty reasonable for the quality and amount.

              Another thing to mention, the service was very friendly and attentive - and not in that faux Hollywood way you often encounter around town. They genuinely seemed excited to be there and proud of the food being served (something I observed with the surrounding tables, as well).

              We made reservations last minute through their website and were seated immediately. Could not have been more pleased with the entire experience. We definitely plan to come back to try the chowder, monkfish and more clam cakes.

              1. Also chiming in, went here last night for dinner and had a great meal.

                - Oyster sliders definitely the highlight, so freaking good
                - beet salad w/ housemade ricotta, holy shit that ricotta
                - brussel sprouts - good but could have used more chicken skin
                - portuguese mussels: wanted to love these only liked them. a bit saltier than i would have liked
                - poutine was good and fries maintained their texture
                - the donuts were also so freaking good

                6 small plates, 2 desserts, 2 glasses wine, 3 cocktails = $150 pretip.

                fairly empty when we arrived at 7, completely packed around 830, had some empty tables when we left at 930.

                very nice space, very good service - i made a note on our reservation that there was a peanut allergy and it was my fiance's birthday. When they brought out the salad, they politely informed my fiance that they noted the peanut allergies and the salad contained walnuts. When the donuts came out, it also had a birthday candle. Multiple employees also wished her a happy birthday.

                oh yeah, excellent sound track. black keys, strokes, etc. - loved it.

                1. Went for round 2 last night, sat at the bar.

                  Gin & Tonic (cocktail) remains my favorite of the cocktail menu.


                  - dozen and a half oysters - WOW these oysters were so freaking good. Some of the best I've ever had.
                  - oyster sliders - so good I had to have them again, and they completely delivered. Whatever spread they're using is perfect, bun is super soft and pairs well against the ridiculously crunchy sliders; batter is similar to a tempura batter
                  - clam cakes - traditional NE clam cakes, but not really my thing. Too much batter (evidently that's how it's made), but good texture/tartar
                  - clams casino - good enough but not mind blowing
                  - lobster roll - FAT FAT FAT lobster roll, price is now $24. Comes with some pickled veggies that are also mind blowingly good. A much better value than LobstaTruck IMO and the best I've had in the city so far.

                  4 drinks, 18 oysters, 4 other items = 150 after tax/tip.

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                  1. re: ns1

                    Oh yum, ns1 I am so jealous and can't wait to go.....thanks for the review.

                    1. re: ns1

                      I tried the lobster roll yesterday because of your recommendation and it was tasty, but at that price I can have two lobster rolls from the Lobsta truck.

                      1. re: mrsjoujou

                        lobstatruck is $14 + $5 for extra meat.

                        i found the littlefork roll ($24) to have more meat than the $19 lobstatruck variant, and an extra $5 for the environment + pickled sides + chips is more than worth it to me.

                        did you not find this to be the case?

                        1. re: ns1

                          Lobster rolls at the LT are only $12 last time I had it two weeks ago and since I am their regular customer I have a feeling they might give me a little more lobster than other people. So in my case I can have two lobster rolls for what LF charges. I enjoyed the chips, but the pickled veggies yesterday were only a few pieces of sweet pickled cucumber slices.

                          1. re: mrsjoujou

                            interesting; regardless, I didn't find the quantity of Lobsta received @ LobstaTruck "generous", even with the add meat option.

                            clearly, YMMV. Glad it tasted good though :)

                            based on your + yelp reviews, seems like brunch @ LF is a bit weak.

                            1. re: ns1

                              You might want to consider giving them a benefit of the doubt re: brunch, as yesterday, being Mothers Day, cannot be considered a good day to judge any restaurant, especially in quantity of food and service.

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                nah, reports of less-than-stellar brunch @ LF has been a common theme on yelp pre-Mother's Day.

                    2. We had brunch at LF yesterday and they serve a good French press coffee from the Verve. My lobster roll at $24 was good, but my husbands smoked meat hash was a miss. The hash at $13 was so tiny and it was 80% potatoes and hardly any meat and one egg on the top. Superba has the best hash and at $15 it is almost double the portion and it is tastiest hash we have tasted so far.

                      1. Off their brunch menu, has anyone tried any of these?

                        PASTRAMI SANDWICH rye bread, housemade sauerkraut & 1000 island 13
                        NUTELLA STUFFED FRENCH TOAST hazelnut, banana, maple syrup 11
                        BREAKFAST BURRITO, smoked meats, pork rinds, onion rings, cheddar, maple syrup 12

                        1. Terrible news. looks like Jason Travi has decamped to move onto superba snack bar :(

                          From Eater:

                          Beloved Los Angeles chef Jason Travi, most known for his efforts years ago at Fraiche in Culver City, has signed on as executive chef at Paul Hibler's hotly anticipated (and delayed) Superba Food & Bread on Lincoln in Venice, opening in February. Which obviously means that Travi has decamped from littlefork, the seafood-heavy Hollywood eatery he helped open about a year ago with Dave Reiss (A-Frame, Salt Air). Hibler's chef/partner Jason Neroni (Superba Snack Bar) will serve as a culinary consultant.

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                          1. re: ns1

                            Not Superba Snack bar but the new Superba Food & Bread on Lincoln in Venice opening in Feb 2014
                            1900 Lincoln Blvd Venice, the former B & S Auto Body Shop.

                            1. re: ns1

                              too effin' bad; just had a really enjoyable brunch there. shutterwatch time.

                              as much as I love Superba ***, that Venice strip might as well be Vegas.

                              1. re: ns1

                                so if he has taught his team the menu is he really necessary? maybe yes?

                                dollar oysters/pbr seem safe

                                1. re: jessejames

                                  I presume he would be QC'ing every dish that came out of the kitchen. Will the next chef have the same standards? Will they even have the same dishes? Who knows.

                                  We all know what happened to Rustic Canyon after Funke left...

                                2. re: ns1

                                  This article (http://m.la.eater.com/archives/2014/0...) says he's staying on as partner and executive chef at Littlefork.

                                3. Had a lovely dinner tonight. This was our first time so I can't compare w/ how it was before. We went early, around 6pm & the place was nearly empty the whole time we were there.

                                  Everything was delicious. Lobster roll does not belong on the "small" section of the menu; quite a generous heap of lightly mayo'd lobster on beautifully toasted bread. I should probably have made my whole meal out of that, but also ordered the Lyonnaise salad. Wife had gnocchi dish that was reminiscent of mac & cheese -- in a good way -- & smoked trout with taters, so simple & so perfectly done. Also maple onion rings!

                                  We definitely ordered way too much, ate it all & then regretted our lack of restraint, but obviously that's our own fault :) I do appreciate the portion sizes though -- plenty to share, good value, unlike some small plates in other places where 2 people each get 2 bites & then it's gone.

                                  Waitress was friendly & helpful, very accommodating about dietary restrictions.

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                                  1. re: indigirl

                                    Thanks for your report! Really enjoyed my meal at Littlefork last fall: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/921436

                                  2. Agree. We had a terrific meal there last week.

                                    Both food and service were spot on. Can't wait to get back.

                                    Brunch looks great as does the Demitasse Menu served Sunday-Thursday 5-7pm for $25-26 (three courses including a glass of house wine or a Molson).