Is It Any Good?

Porklalicious Comfort food in Eagle Rock.

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I don’t know what it is about Los Angeles. The landscape can, at times, seem dotted with left behind A-Frames of a bygone era of on-the-go eating.

(And by A-Frame, I mean A-Frame is in architecture, not A-Frame as in the really, really good Culver City Restaurant).

Oinkster was once something else. It had to be something else. It looks look old to be otherwise.

Okay, so Oinkster’s claim to fame is it’s slow fast food. That is does do. It is a place where you step up, order your food from the counter, take a seat, then wait for your food to arrive. It’s kinda like Zankou’s in that way.

But the food is way, way different from Zankou’s.

Originally, I came here seeking out their Pulled Pork offerings. I left somewhat unimpressed. I have since come back and had of one of their burgers. And that was a little more impressive. Scratch that, it was very impressive.

Oinkster is known for their Pastrami, and that may or may not be your taste. But if you’re looking for a quick bite, yet still want to retain your foodie integrity about you, Oinkster is a damn good place to go, especially on a Saturday Afternoon.

Hell, you can even watch the game there. They’ve got TVs.


WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Unfortunately, the thing that is driving this great review is something that isn’t even on the menu regularly. It was one of their monthly specials, the AmericHam Burger.

Yes, I am totally hooping I spelled that correctly.

It their Hamburger, with some shaved Ham…which is even better than it sounds, trust me, along with some picked pepperchinis, which gave the whole thing a lovely zing. It was a great meal. Too bad it’s not there year round

The BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich is…okay. Not terrible, just okay. The sandwich was assembled perfectly well. I liked what it came with. I just…don’t remember being blown away by it.

The Oinksterade is also something that regulars swear by, but who’s charms escaped me. Your experience may be different. They also had Belgian Fries on the menu, which were good…not Wurstkuche good, but good nonetheless.

They also have Beer and Wine on the Menu, and that’s always a good thing.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: As I said above, what may be there today, may be gone tomorrow. Oinkster runs regular monthly specials, and the thing you like may not be there when you come back.

And yes, I recommend that you come back.


PARKING: Good…enough. Oinkster has its own Parking Lot, but it’s split up into two lots on both sides of the building. Odds are, even as you read this, no matter what time of the day it is, no matter what part of the planet you’re on, the Lot is already full. You can try to do street parking along Colorado, but even that might be a gamble. The next best bet is to try up the hill on Shearin or Maywood. Keep in mind those are residential streets. I haven’t tried them, so be on the lookout for what the signs say.


2005 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Tel: (323) 255-6465

Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm