Top 5 sweetbread in LA?
I try to order sweetbread whenever I see it offer on the menu. In the past, I have only came across less than a handful of outstanding preparations in LA. Not sure of their identity or if they still exist. All were simply sauteed with a light dusting of flour to achieve a crisp coat. The rest are all poorly done and not worth the while.
Any recommendation for places that now consistently serve "Chow worthy" sweetbread?
Funny you should ask about sweetbreads in LA. Hound extraordinaire chrishei recently posted his review of Bierbeisl in Beverly Hills:
He mentioned their sweetbreads:
"I tried the sauteed veal sweetbreads on my second visit as my main (although it’s technically a starter), and it’s good enough to convert even the most offal-adverse of diners."
Red Medicine and Osteria Mozza both have very good versions.
Would love a report comparing them if you do end up trying them all.
Animal has them. I know you're asking for chow-worthy sweetbreads, and while I loved almost everything else I've had there, I didn't love them there. I thought the breading was a little heavy and the thing that immediately came to mind as I was eating them was "KFC popcorn chicken". Maybe it was an off-day for the dish and others have had better experiences. Like I said, everything else there was delicious.
On several visits to Animal (before they changed to the present sweetbreads recipe) they had a wonderful dish that had fried sweetbreads and hen of the woods mushrooms (maitake by any other name) on top of creamed spinach, garnished with capers and grapefruit. I loved that preparation and wish they would bring it back.
Last time I was at Sotto they had wonderful almond crusted sweetbreads over bitter greens. Creamy and crisp.
I have to disagree. The good news? Truly generous portions.
But...they were chewy messes. Rubbery nasty stuff. There are ways a chef can cook these things to make them soft and buttery - which is not done at the Gaucho Grill.
I was surprised they were on the menu - I was not familiar with Gaucho Grill (I've seen them around, but have never given them a go). Based on your recommendations, I tried them.
I thought the grilled chicken (Pollo al Carbon) was fairly tasteless and overcooked. ) I left the restaurant damning the fact I could have eaten next door at Pizzicotto. Or the bar at Vincenzo. Or Tar & Roses. Or pretty much any one of a dozen places on the westside. No more Gaucho Grill for me.