I've eaten at some incredible restaurants in Los Angeles, but nothing comes close to my experience at A-Frame in Culver City. The restaurant is owned and run by the creators of the Kogi BBQ truck and Chego, and it features a picnic theme (family style food served in plastic speckled dishes) with an asian-flavor undertone. If you've ever waited an hour for a Kogi short-rib and spicy pork tacos, and loved the intermix of Asian and Mexican flavors, A-Frame is your newest favorite restaurant.
We went in a group of 8 and were able to try a majority of the menu. Our favorites were:
Big Hat Punch - rye whiskey, apple brandy, rum, tea, lemon juice, and prosecco. The punch was served in an old-fashioned punch bowl with mismatching glass cups and a ladle. The menu says it serves 4-6 people, but all 8 of us got at least 2 full cups out of it.
King Antilles Cocktail - Rhum Agricole (aged rum), pineapple, lime, fresh chiles. This drink was light and fruity with a nice spicy kick at the back of your throat. I frequently order spicy drinks and this one is at the top of the lists for ones I've had in LA.
Jaywalker Cocktail - Irish whiskey, cassis, absinthe, mint, strawberries. Cool and refreshing. Paired well with the appetizers.
Heirloom Pickles with Dip - pickled fennel, cucumbers, carrots, and beets served alongside a garlicky, blue cheese dressing. Fantastic.
Baby Back Ribs - Asian lacquered ribs served in an addicting hoisin, chili, and green onion sauce. When the ribs were gone, I was still eating the sauce simply with my fork.
Beer Can Chicken - crispy skin, juicy meat. This is how chicken should always be cooked, but I just don't think anyone else has mastered it quite like this.
Dyn-o-mite - the world's greatest twice baked potato. Butter, sour cream, parmesan, chives. We had to order additional. Order one potato for every 2-3 people. This was the favorite dish of the whole night for most of our party.
Chu-Don't-Know-Mang - pound cake churros with chocolate milk sauce and vanilla ice cream. The churros were decadent, light (even made out of pound cake), and covered with cinnamon sugar.