There’s something refreshingly contradictory about a restaurant that serves unhealthy food made with care and quality ingredients. Beer Belly is one such paradox. The menu is unabashedly heavy on the deep fried, melted cheese, and quack, quack, quack! My family and I headed down to Koreatown in January to break our healthy eating new year’s resolutions just days into 2016.
We started off with some Jidori Hot Wings with two different sauces. I liked the classic buffalo blue, while the rest of the family took to the brown sugar hot sauce. We also got an order of the Bacon Bacon Mac, which was a little much, even for me, but we still devoured it.
We continued with a trio of sandwiches that were actually not quite as decadent as the mac & cheese, well except for the Beer Belly Grilled Cheese. Oh, and the fries that came with each sandwich. We got to try the Bacon Fat Fries, Duck Fat Fries, and Death by Duck, which is duck fat fried topped with duck confit. My favorite of the sandwiches was the aforementioned grilled cheese, with four different kinds of cheese, bacon, maple syrup, and a fried egg. Yeah.
Beer Belly's Fried Chicken Sammy: tarragon + panko fried chicken, applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, house Italian mayo, spicy pickled jalapeño & carrot relish, sautéed onion brioche bun, w/Bacon Fat Fries. @beerbelly_la #friedchickensammy #friedchicken #chickensandwich #baconfatfries #frenchfries #baconfries #beerbellyla #beerbelly #koreatown #ktown #losangeles #theoffalo
Duck Fat Fries (duck skin cracklins, raspberry mustard) w/Duck! Cheeseburger (ground duck & bacon patty, provolone, foie gras mustard, caramelized peach ketchup, arugula, red onion, sautéed onion brioche bun). @beerbelly_la #duckfatfries #duckfries #frenchfries #fries #cracklins #cheeseburger #duck #bacon #foiegras #beerbellyla #beerbelly #koreatown #ktown #losangeles #theoffalo
Beer Belly's Death by Duck (duck fat fries + duck confit) w/The Beer Belly Grilled Cheese (quad deck, cheddar, Swiss, goat cheese, asiago, applewood bacon, maple syrup, fried egg). @beerbelly_la #deathbyduck #duckfatfries #duckfries #frenchfries #fries #grilledcheese #bacon #maplesyrup #friedegg #beerbellyla #beerbelly #koreatown #ktown #losangeles #theoffalo
Of course Beer Belly is also known for their fantastic line-up of craft beers, and I did have really good milk stout. Unfortunately, this is not kevinEats so I didn’t get a shot of the beer and I can’t even remember the name of the brewery. I know, I know, but I never claimed to be a beer enthusiast. Just know their list is well curated and should have something for everyone.
Those who want to get more in depth with their beer education should check out Beer Belly’s One Night Stand. This program, which has been running for years, takes place every third Wednesday of the month, and all the taps in Beer Belly are taken over by beers from one brewery. The next one is March 16, and features Noble Ale Works.
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532 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020