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LA, We Love You, But We Have Some Questions

We've had a few days to hang in LA—an incredibly fun town, for the record—but we do have a few bones to pick.

  • Why don't any of the restaurants seem to have beer on tap? It's available everywhere in San Francisco from the high to the low end. When we asked Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal, they told us it's because it takes a different license. Well if so, that just sucks. Bottled beer does not compare.
  • Where are all the beards? We've only seen three guys with beards in this town. We thought it was some kind of food nerd prerequisite.
  • We keep trying to hang our bags under the bar and not finding any hooks. Progressive citizens of LA: Ladies need purse hangers!
  • Pedestrian entrance? What’s that? We circled all around a Whole Foods in Beverly Hills trying to find a door, and then realized we could only walk in through the parking structure. Yeah, we get it, LA's a car culture, but doesn’t anybody walk?
  • Foie gras on menus like it’s about to be banned. Foie gras cotton candy, foie gras ramen, foie gras biscuits and gravy (at Animal – post coming soon). How much foie gras can we eat before we turn our own livers into foie gras? That’s not a rhetorical question, by the way.