Southern Cooking in the middle of Eagle Rock.
One pauses when you think of Larkin’s. It’s hard to describe. It seems to be a mix of Southern disciplines. I recognize the tart and somewhat spicy vinegary tastes of Texas (on whose Southern Cooking Tradition I grew up on). I also recognize the syrupy sweetness of the Carolinas in what they do. Yet, when I look at the walls, I get a definite vibe from the Caribbean. It’s possible the Larkin family just mushed everything they learned together into their own edible culinary tradition. If so, good for them, and good for us.
In the end, it’s a good restaurant. Especially, given where its located. Not too much in the way of Southern Cooking out in Eagle Rock/Glendale. I have to say, it’s not the best Black place in Los Angeles (a distinction which may belong to Harold & Belle’s or Aunt Kizzie’s Back Porch), but it’s damn good, and worth your time and money.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, get their Mac and Cheese no matter what. It’s available as a side for a slightly higher charge, but its worth it. I’ve tried the Pork Baby Backs, which were great; and the Brisket. I’m not entirely sure what I’d order the next time I go back.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Larkin’s (like with Phillipe’s) was the reason I created the Important Safety Tip. At one point in their history, Larkin’s did not take Credit Cards. There was one of those independent ATM machines in the Restaurant so you could get your cash, along with an extra surcharge on top of your Bank’s surcharge.
But it’s not true anymore. Larkin’s does take Credit Cards now.
PARKING: Larkins has two lots. One in front of the house, that can carry about 2-4 cars, and one in the back that can hang with 2-3. Both are free of charge. Failing that you can try to park on Colorado.
1496 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA