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B.O.S. Nose to Tail: A Pictorial Essay

J.L. Feb 18, 2014 12:33 AM

Overview: Located in the Honda Plaza (Little Tokyo) space formerly occupied by Raku Plus, b.o.s. Nose to Tail is an ambitious bovine-centric, offal-centric concept eatery. True to its name, every part of the cow is considered, and no part is wasted.

Founding manager Jun Isogai (formerly of Men Oh Tokushima Ramen) has partnered with David Bartnes (formely of the Downtown Marriott) at b.o.s. to combine the tastes of Japan, China & Korea with French sensibilities.

Highlights included:

- Tongue carpaccio with pea sprouts, avocado, pickled shallots, Issan dressing

- Grilled miso heart, with king oyster mushrooms, yuzu miso vinaigrette

- Sweetbread tacos, with salsa verde, pico de gallo, Sriracha sour cream, pickled radish

- Bone-in short rib, with Hunan braise & spices, sauteed kale, olive oil poached peewees

VERDICT: b.o.s. Nose to Tail is a welcome addition to the local dining scene in Little Tokyo, and the Downtown L.A. area at large.


  1. ipsedixit Feb 18, 2014 06:03 AM

    As always, terrific camera work.

    4 Replies
    1. re: ipsedixit
      J.L. Feb 18, 2014 11:46 PM


      1. re: ipsedixit
        Tripeler Feb 18, 2014 11:56 PM

        I'm not really interested in the place, but when I saw it was a pictorial essay by J.L. I just had to take a look. You are right, the photos are terrific AND superb.

        1. re: Tripeler
          ipsedixit Feb 19, 2014 02:32 AM

          J.L. could probably make Golden Corral look like proper diet food with his camera work.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Tripeler Feb 19, 2014 06:45 AM

            Just like you, Ipse, are notable for the very interesting and provoking questions you often ask to begin a post, J.L. is notable for his good photography. To that I would add that J.L. also has remarkable sensitivity to what Japanese chefs are trying to accomplish with the food they create.

            Chowhound is great for the remarkably talented people it attracts.

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