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The Sunny Side of the Street

New Trial | Dec 2, 2011 12:14 AM

Beechwood no longer shades the Southern side of Washington Blvd. in Venice. In its place, there is now a Sunny Spot cleared by Roy Choi and offering his take on Caribbean classics. If you like A-Frame, Chego and Kogi, you will likely love Sunny Spot (the converse is also probably true), which offers a salty, sweet and spicy vision of some Island specialties along with a killer list of rums and some regional brews (including the perhaps inevitable Red Stripe and Reed's Ginger Brew). A very favorable first impression was made by the Diablo Shrimp, the plantains (more salty and sweet) and, particularly, the G.O.A.T. [sic] with pickled mangos. While I would not concede it to be the Greatest Of All Time, it was very tender and flavorful and offered a compelling version of a meat seldom offered West of the 405 (Monte Alban offering a notable exception and Port Royal a lesser one). Although I did not get to try them, the short ribs had a wonderful aroma and the two-handed burger looked like it lived up to its name; lots of other intriguing looking items including a spin on a Cubano sandwich and double-fried jerk wings. Most items are in the same price range as A-Frame or a bit less--there is a steak for $22 and a whole lobster for $45, with one other dish (the whole fish?) falling somewhere in between. Like A-Frame, plates are meant to be shared but, unlike A-Frame, reservations are taken (at least for the main dining room). Service was quite good and friendly. A great addition to the Neighborhood. Now to try Wolf-in-Sheep's Clothing!

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Monte Alban
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Port Royal Cafe
1412 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Beechwood Restaurant
822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

Kogi
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

Chego
3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

A-Frame
12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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