Lazy Ox, a small, casual, insanely popular new restaurant, is the latest sign that formerly creepy and deserted downtown LA is becoming the new hot spot. Housed inside the bottom of a prefab condo building, the restaurant had a number of standout specials, too, including an incredibly rich farro dish with melted bone marrow (our dining companion remarked with delight: "It's amazing how they can make a healthy dish so unhealthy!"), and albondigas (meatballs) covered in a rich, mildly spicy, and creamy poblano and cashew sauce.
See Where We've Eaten!
Crispy Pig Ears at Lazy Ox Canteen
Everybody says you should order off the chalkboard specials at Lazy Ox Canteen, a small-plates restaurant with a decidedly meaty bent in downtown LA. But if you did that, you wouldn't get to try their best dish: pig ears with a mayonnaise-y dippin' sauce. The pig ears are deep-fried, salty, and lime-y, like chicharrones, and have a gristly, fatty texture you either love or hate: crisp, buttery, and chewy, all at the same time. Cut into strips, they were perfect for sharing, with a glass of crisp Scrimshaw pilsner.