A-Frame

12565 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA | MAP

WHAT TO EAT: Cracklin Beer Chicken and Chu Don't Know Mang 
EATER TIP: Make a reservation if you don't want to share a communal table

One day, as I was channeling up and down between Jeopardy! and the millionth re-run of Billy Madison, I came across a TV special for a poppin' joint in LA called A-Frame, a Roy Choi production.

The TV show featured a comprehensive review of A-Frame's most popular dishes (which seemed like almost every menu item), some of which I was instantly intrigued by because of Choi's creative take on fusion fare.

Last month during dineLA Restaurant Week, Stacy surprised me and took me to A-Frame. Though A-Frame has been an institution since late 2010, the elevated Hawaiian concept has only been in fruition for a year and a half and I was mouth-wateringly excited to get some grindz in mah belly, brah!!

 The first thing you see upon entrance is the bar, which serves nine specialty drinks and has a decent selection of beers on tap. Not into cocktails or beer? They also gots wine, soda pops, teas, and coffee from some village called Stumptown. View their  drinks menu .

The first thing you see upon entrance is the bar, which serves nine specialty drinks and has a decent selection of beers on tap. Not into cocktails or beer? They also gots wine, soda pops, teas, and coffee from some village called Stumptown. View their drinks menu.

 The interior dining area isn't too large, but it still feels spacious. Seating is community style, so be prepared to say "hello strangers" and unavoidably eavesdrop on their disgusting hangover stories from the weekend prior.

The interior dining area isn't too large, but it still feels spacious. Seating is community style, so be prepared to say "hello strangers" and unavoidably eavesdrop on their disgusting hangover stories from the weekend prior.

 Ah, hence the name of the restaurant!! If you're a fan of House Hunters and have learned to appreciate high ceilings, then you'll notice this beautiful space above your head.

Ah, hence the name of the restaurant!! If you're a fan of House Hunters and have learned to appreciate high ceilings, then you'll notice this beautiful space above your head.

STARTERS

  Spread Love  — this is a winner, I recommend this starter if you like ahi tuna. The combo of the smooth ahi spread with the crunchy bite of lightly seasoned rice chips makes this a fun one to munch on. Plus, all that green onion = YUM.

Spread Love — this is a winner, I recommend this starter if you like ahi tuna. The combo of the smooth ahi spread with the crunchy bite of lightly seasoned rice chips makes this a fun one to munch on. Plus, all that green onion = YUM.

  G.O.A.T   — ah what a disappointment, this salad lacked "zing-factor" as it was a bit too subtle for me. But, it's very healthy... at least it has that going for it.

G.O.A.T — ah what a disappointment, this salad lacked "zing-factor" as it was a bit too subtle for me. But, it's very healthy... at least it has that going for it.

SIDES

  Kalua Pork / Spam Musubi   — their Spam is homemade, which is pretty darn awesome. However, I was shockingly underwhelmed by the Spam, perhaps because I usually lust over the canned version. The Kalua Pork Musubi, on the other hand, was an A+ in my taste book.

Kalua Pork / Spam Musubi — their Spam is homemade, which is pretty darn awesome. However, I was shockingly underwhelmed by the Spam, perhaps because I usually lust over the canned version. The Kalua Pork Musubi, on the other hand, was an A+ in my taste book.

  Mochiko Chicken Musbi   — this one was also applause-worthy, the thick + tangy sauce blanketed over a crispy, tender piece of chicken, oozing beautifully into the baby crevices of the rice grains (cue Homer Simpson drooling sound effect).

Mochiko Chicken Musbi — this one was also applause-worthy, the thick + tangy sauce blanketed over a crispy, tender piece of chicken, oozing beautifully into the baby crevices of the rice grains (cue Homer Simpson drooling sound effect).

  Korean Chicken Wings   — ah yes, just like my mama makes 'em. These delectable wings are slathered with delicious heat, which can be cooled down with a dunk o' that blue cheese dip (don't worry, I hate blue cheese, but this was light enough to be an effective compliment to the bold flavors of the chicken).  

Korean Chicken Wings — ah yes, just like my mama makes 'em. These delectable wings are slathered with delicious heat, which can be cooled down with a dunk o' that blue cheese dip (don't worry, I hate blue cheese, but this was light enough to be an effective compliment to the bold flavors of the chicken).  

ENTRÉES

  Cracklin Beer Can Chicken   — if you don't love crispy skin and juicy meats, you're probably not my friend. But that's okay, you can still watch me devour this scrumptious dish anytime you want. This dish is accompanied with two sauces (rojo y verde), tiny refreshing cubes of pickled daikon, and century egg (which is pretty much a hard boiled egg pickled in soy sauce). I could eat this forever, and I  just might  one day — more on that later in this post...

Cracklin Beer Can Chicken — if you don't love crispy skin and juicy meats, you're probably not my friend. But that's okay, you can still watch me devour this scrumptious dish anytime you want. This dish is accompanied with two sauces (rojo y verde), tiny refreshing cubes of pickled daikon, and century egg (which is pretty much a hard boiled egg pickled in soy sauce). I could eat this forever, and I just might one day — more on that later in this post...

  Loco Moco   — yes, I went loco for this moco!! and yes... it's as addictive as coco (just kidding, I've never tried that stuff, please don't tell my parents). I didn't care much for the pickled pearl onions, but DAT CURRY GRAVY... MMPH. I'm a strong believer that classics should remain classics, but this twist on the gravy receives my figurative fist bump.

Loco Moco — yes, I went loco for this moco!! and yes... it's as addictive as coco (just kidding, I've never tried that stuff, please don't tell my parents). I didn't care much for the pickled pearl onions, but DAT CURRY GRAVY... MMPH. I'm a strong believer that classics should remain classics, but this twist on the gravy receives my figurative fist bump.

DESSERTS

   Choco Loco  — chocolate-hazelnut panna cotta, dolloped with whipped cream, and dusted with lil' bebe chocolate shavings. This was pretty good, but the other dessert I had...

Choco Loco — chocolate-hazelnut panna cotta, dolloped with whipped cream, and dusted with lil' bebe chocolate shavings. This was pretty good, but the other dessert I had...

  Chu Don't Know Mang   — pound cake, cinnamon sugar, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream bathing in a cup o' malted chocolate milk. The bars of pound cake are crispy-fied churro style, and when dunked in the pairing malt, OOO-WEEE it's lovely. Normally I only take 1 or 2 bites from a shared dessert, but for this I will unapologetically own a majority stake all the time.

Chu Don't Know Mang — pound cake, cinnamon sugar, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream bathing in a cup o' malted chocolate milk. The bars of pound cake are crispy-fied churro style, and when dunked in the pairing malt, OOO-WEEE it's lovely. Normally I only take 1 or 2 bites from a shared dessert, but for this I will unapologetically own a majority stake all the time.

SUNDAY Brunch

 Prominently advertised on the street-facing exterior, A-Frame aims to please pancake lovers. Their pancake special features 5 types of pancakes: Buttermilk, Lilikoi Butter, Banana Mac Nut, P.O.G., and Buttermilk Chicken.

Prominently advertised on the street-facing exterior, A-Frame aims to please pancake lovers. Their pancake special features 5 types of pancakes: Buttermilk, Lilikoi Butter, Banana Mac Nut, P.O.G., and Buttermilk Chicken.

After Stacy and I finished our dineLA meal, we had already made plans to come back for their AYCE Pancake Brunch on the weekend. We invited some friends and family this time to join in on the experience (Sherry, Gary, Joe, Meesh, Sebas, and Sleeping Benji).

Fun fact: before A-Frame, the building was formerLY AN IHOP restaurant.

And, for all you alcoholics out there, an AYCDrink special is offered as well which includes a mix and match of Micheladas, Dos Equis, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys. View brunch menu

STARTERS

  Furikake Kettle Corn   — my friend Gary had heard about this appetizer before, and I am glad he suggested it. A fun way to start a meal, this is a medley of kettle corn + corn pops splashed with butter and topped w/ chives, furikake, and chili flakes.

Furikake Kettle Corn — my friend Gary had heard about this appetizer before, and I am glad he suggested it. A fun way to start a meal, this is a medley of kettle corn + corn pops splashed with butter and topped w/ chives, furikake, and chili flakes.

  Mac Salad   — my entrée was going to be absent of mac salad, so I ordered it on the side. As an avid fan of classic plate lunch mac salad, I was very disappointed with this one; it didn't have that lovable mayo taste that my buds are accustomed to. 

Mac Salad — my entrée was going to be absent of mac salad, so I ordered it on the side. As an avid fan of classic plate lunch mac salad, I was very disappointed with this one; it didn't have that lovable mayo taste that my buds are accustomed to. 

THE GOODS

  Mochiko Fried Chicken  — a morsel of chicken on top (with a useless wedge o' lemon).

Mochiko Fried Chicken — a morsel of chicken on top (with a useless wedge o' lemon).

  Lilikoi Butter  — passionfruit gooeyness (no need for addt'l syrup).

Lilikoi Butter — passionfruit gooeyness (no need for addt'l syrup).

  Banana Mac Nut  — just enough yummy crunch on each fluffy stack.

Banana Mac Nut — just enough yummy crunch on each fluffy stack.

  Food Coma  — my meal choice, which was good but I probably won't get it again. The eggs were cooked to perfection, but the heartiness that I love in gravies was slightly masked in this dish by the hot sauce (try getting it on the side). 

Food Coma — my meal choice, which was good but I probably won't get it again. The eggs were cooked to perfection, but the heartiness that I love in gravies was slightly masked in this dish by the hot sauce (try getting it on the side). 

If pancakes ain't yo thang, there is an AYCE Chicken Night on Sundays from 5-10pm. The offer includes Cracklin Beer Can Chicken, Mochiko Chicken, and Korean Chicken Wings served with a handful of sides including Togarashi Fries and Hawaiian Rolls — uhhh... all I gotta say is DAYUM!! I am FOR SUREZIEZ gonna do this one night during football season.

Who's with me? :)