Is It Any Good?

New American at a new location in Eagle Rock.

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It’s sad because I do miss Larkin’s.

You remember Larkin’s right? The little Southern/Soul place in Eagle Rock? Closed a little over a year ago? Yeah, I miss it. And shame on Eagle Rock for not backing it more.

Well, maybe it was the location: that old house on Colorado. Maybe it was too out of the way, too hard to park.

Anyway, I decided that I would give the restaurant that now occupies the space, Little Beast, a try. Give the new kid on the block a shot in the arm. Why not? After all, they’re moving into a failed space. They’re going to need all the help they can–

–SON OF A–!!

What are all these people doing here? I came to Larkin’s a couple of weekend nights and it was never this crowded.

It’s six freakin’ thirty, and I’m wondering if I can score a table.

Okay. Okay. Let me…set aside my bitterness over the fact that Eagle Rock wouldn’t stick up for Larkin’s. Let me tell you instead about Little Beast.

It’s a nice place. It’s…neighborhoody and all…(grrr).

Fine. Fine! FINE! I’ll…I’ll let Larkin’s go, and talk only about Little Beast.

(Cleansing breath. Cleansing breath.)

Okay, so Little Beast is situated in one of those old style wood, green painted Pasadena Homes. (At least, they’re the style of homes I’ve always associated with Pasadena). The restaurant has grown around it. You can have your meal (as I did) on the porch. You can have your meal out in the backyard now.

In fact, it looks like they made the space bigger. Over what was at that…other place I shall not mention anymore.

Score one for Little Beast.

Basically, it’s a New American joint, Chefy twists on what I’d call comfort food. I will say the service is a bit slow, not poisonously so, just enough to make you wonder where’s my grub. Something probably happened in the kitchen but since I didn’t get an explanation…

Anyway, it was annoying, but not a deal-breaker.

And yes, they will charge you for the Sparkling Water…as one must, I suppose.

My heart still longs for Larkin’s, and I think it’s a damn shame they couldn’t make it, but the people of Eagle Rock have spoken.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: So I started with their Chiplote Hummus, which…really was smoky spicy good. It’s a thick, hearty Hummus infused with pepper. Not bad. Possibly my favorite thing on the menu.

The next thing I got was the Charred Flat Iron, which is a steak surrounded by creamed greens, fingerling potatoes and…yes…horseradish bleu cheese butter.

Yeah, it was a steak to me. Not bad. Not great.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: The getting charged for the Sparkling Water thing is the closest thing I can think of. Otherwise, nothing too serious.

 

PARKING: Well, it’s about as bad as Larkin’s ever was, but at least Little Beast is offering a Valet Parking service, which Larkin’s never did.

Score another for Little Beast.

You can try to park along Colorado, but that means either a bit of a hike, patiently waiting to cross a very busy Colorado Blvd…or both.

If you’re out on a date, just do the Valet.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Little Beast
1496 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Tel: (323) 341-5899

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 – 10:00 pm