Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo met while attending culinary school at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Their first job together was in the kitchen of famed chef Michelle Bernstein at The Strand Restaurant in South Beach.
Launching their own catering endeavor years later, and ultimately their first restaurant, Animal- a name in it’s self specializing in carnivorous eats. Their second restaurant, Son of a Gun, maritime themed opened in February 2011.
4 Incredible Sammys in town.
1) The Chicken Sandwich
fried chicken sandwich, spicy b&b pickle slaw, rooster aioli
2) Oyster Loaf
Oyster loaf, bacon, Crystal mayo
3) Shrimp Toast
shrimp toast sandwich, herbs, sriracha mayo
4) The Lobster Roll
lobster roll, celery, lemon aioli
Most features are small bites, family style. Except for the chicken sammy. It’s monstrous and addictive.
The Pisco Sour.
Pisco, lime juice, egg white, sugar
The pisco sour cocktail, invented in Peru around 1900, uses a pisco (Peruvian grape brandy) that has a bit of bite to it–that is, nothing too smooth–to create the balance in this creamy, frothy, limey drink.
LUNCH + more: Smoked Trout Salad
Chicory and Cauliflower Salad with Anchovy Dressing
The communal table
Lobster bisque, cherry, creme fraiche
Beets, apples, pecans, blue cheese, gem lettuce
Chorizo, Cheddar cheese, special sauce
Lettuces, arugula, pomegranate, persimmons, dates
Cavatelli and Meatballs
Cavatelli pasta, meatballs, ricotta, garlic bread
Fish & Chips
Fish and chips, malt vinegar aioli
Frozen Lime Yogurt
Frozen lime yogurt, graham crumble, toasted meringue
Son of a Gun Restaurant
8370 W. 3rd street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Reservations: (323) 782-9033
Fax: (323) 782-9034
They are located between Orlando street and Kings road.
Thank you to the team at Son of a Gun. You’ll be seeing me again soon.