• Son of a Gun

    Food • By Patti Grandidge • 07/09/2016 • 0 comments


    No trip to Los Angeles is complete, for me, without a visit to one (or two, or three…) of Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s establishments. I was in the City of Angels last month when my brother and I took my parents to Son of a Gun; it would be their first time. Not ours. We got a 6:30pm reservation, seated at the floor to ceiling bay window round tables, giving us a clear sidewalk view of the always-lively W 3rd Street in WeHo.




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    Although this is the duo’s seafood-focused restaurant, Son of a Gun is well known for some ‘turf’ dishes -- making it perfect for the Grandidge’s. Mom and I lean towards ‘surf’ more often than not. It’s obvious, though, that this nautical-themed restaurant celebrates the bounty of the sea. You feel as if you’re on the East Coast -- ok fine, maybe Malibu -- with all the fish house slash beach house memorabilia wall decor. The servers, each one in their plaid button downs and jeans, brought out the following delicious small plates…  




    Uni, Burrata, Button Mushroom, Yuzu

    This came out first, yet it was my favorite dish.


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    Yellowfin Tuna, Leche de Tigre, Avocado, Tortilla

    If you’re curious about the ‘tiger’s milk’ (?!), it’s actually a term for a citrus-based marinade

    that cures the seafood in a ceviche. Just in case you were thinking it was something else…



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     Heirloom Tomato, Avocado, Chili, Lime, Miso, Corn

    I could have eaten those tomatoes by themselves; seasonal produce in California is just divine.



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    Lobster Roll, Celery, Lemon Aioli

    They should call this a 2-bite lobster roll. Make sure to order accordingly -- don’t worry, we did.



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     Shrimp Toast, Hoisin, Herbs, Sriracha Mayo

    Son of a Gun is known for their rich, shrimp toast. The flavors remind me of

    Thai shrimp cakes; you must order this miniature sandwich.



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    Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Pineapple, Chili Soy

    This was for Papa and Brother.



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    Fried Chicken Sandwich, Spicy B&B Pickle Slaw, Rooster Aioli

    This has ranked top spots in many of the L.A. ‘it’ lists for sandwiches,

    fried chicken, etc. Another item I’m going to add a ‘must order’ tag to.



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    Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Turnip, Cinnamon, Peanut, Egg

    Again, California is blessed with an abundance of organic, crisp greens.

    These brussels sprouts being some of them.



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    Son of A Gun

     8370 W 3rd St

    Los Angeles, CA 90048


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