A-Frame

restaurant - TV shows

Finished with “Last of the Nisei Cougars” around 4 ….

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… and drove past A-Frame at 5:15 – just as it was opening!

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The chef’s famous Kogi Taco Truck was also nearby, but we decided to try his sit-down restaurant instead. Despite speaking on a panel with him, I’ve never actually eaten any of Roy Choi’s food before!

Looks like we made the right choice, because the place was already packed (and doesn’t take reservations)

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The space is small, housed inside an old IHOP – you can tell by the signature sloped roof (a.k.a. the “A-Frame”)

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With very few tables, you wind up dining next to strangers. I was hoping our neighbors would share their Furikake Kettle Corn (I offered some of our food to them) but they never did :(

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Abe and I ordered a couple different dishes. The first to come out were the Kitchen Fries

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Purple Okinawan Sweet Potato, Yam, Korean Sweet Potato – this was Abe’s “main course” so I sampled a bite of each.

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They were truly stellar, especially dipped in the Kimchi Sour Cream sauce

Very quickly after, my order arrived – the Warm Cornbread and Chicken Salad

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A pool of Salsa Verde and grilled piece of Cornbread, topped with a Chicken Salad ragout with Italian Sausage and pickled red onion/cilantro

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It was pretty good, but not as amazing as the fries. The cornbread was too charred and got mushy from the sauce. But for $8, who cares?

We also split an order of the Heirloom Pickles – house-cured seasonal veggies like fennel, cucumbers, carrots, radishes…

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…all dipped in this amazing creamy sauce drizzled with olive oil

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You wouldn’t think Fuji Apple would work well with it, but WOW. It did!

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Back at the beach house, I was too full for mochi. Sipped on some hot cocoa while we watched Mildred Pierce

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Only half-way through this new HBO miniseries but am in love with it already.

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Especially all the beautiful, beautiful food!!!

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  • Madelyne

    wow those fries look awesome! I’ve never heard of that show. I don’t have cable so I have to watch all the shows that I know of illegally on my laptop.

  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

    That lunch sounds incredible but the look of those fries says it all!

  • http://www.healthytwists.com Hallie

    Looks yum! I always offer bites of my food to Mitch and half the time it’s because I want to try his food (he’s not really into sharing, it’s so sad, but I’ve broken him down over the years and he’s getting better) but the other half of the time I don’t care if I taste his food but I really want him to try mine! He’s always accusing me of wanting to steal his food ;-)

  • Jan Schifter

    I liked Mildred P too but that daughter! She bugged me!

  • http://www.anutritionisteats.com emily (a nutritionist eats)

    I want the pickle plate!! (Although more for the dip than anything!!)

  • http://savoryandsavage.blogspot.com Emily @ Savory and Savage

    Lol, as soon as I saw the pictures of the A-frame I was thinking, “That looks like an IHOP”. I think it is great that they re-purposed an old IHOP.

    The kitchen fries looked mouth watering :-)

  • http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com Andrea@WellnessNotes

    The fries and the pickles look wonderful! I really hope I’ll get around to pickling my own veggies this year…

  • http://chanelandolivia.wordpress.com chanelandolivia

    i’ll take the chicken fries and popcorn ;)

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  • http://www.therealemily.com emilyeats

    glad you finally got to try A Frame! i dream about those kitchen fries. next time i’ll try the heirloom pickles. ps. & what a nice surprise to check out your blog & find a pic of our JANM perf. on here :) xo

  • http://www.5amrunner.com Mike Kogan

    What a terrific blog, can’t wait for the next post!!