A gentleman's guide to cocktails, culture, and fine living
I arrived in Los Angeles yesterday. From the airport, Marie and I went right to Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. Just off the 405 on the Westside, this hip, new gastro-pub, with food from the ex-corporate executive chef of Umami Burger, is full of small plates featuring pickles, cheeses, cured meats, sandwiches, burgers, and more.
We started with oysters. The yuzukosho cocktail sauce is awesome. We followed that with pickles (cucumber with kombu and dill, spicy cumber with sriracha and sesame, and chorizo with green garlic). Then we split the baked crab dip and the “Chef’s Favorite Burger: cheese two ways, bacon two ways, ketchup leather, sunny fried egg, hot sauce.” The burger is great, and the Plan Check Burger, Bleuprint Burger, and the special burger of the day featuring Funyon Straws all give enough reason to go back. The cocktail list seems promising, but I stuck with Strand Brewery’s 24th St. Pale Ale on draft.
Go in the afternoon and sit at the bar to watch the line cooks flip burgers.
PLAN CHECK KITCHEN + BAR
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA