Plan Check is an American comfort-food joint on the north end of Sawtelle, which is known as Little Osaka for its dense stretch of Japanese food options, from ramen houses to izakayas. Chef Ernesto Uchimura, a bona fide hamburger sensei of Umami Burger fame, who is of Japanese descent, makes it a point to give a shout-out to the neighborhood by incorporating Japanese elements in his American comfort food. Panko bread crumbs are a popular Japanese ingredient and the secret behind the pleasing crunch built into the Portuguese milk bread buns -- aka "crunch bun" -- that frame his burgers. Plan Check might even be considered the first real izakaya to open on Sawtelle, since it's the only dining room in the area with a full liquor license, serving the stiff stuff that washes down the pub grub. But instead of karaage and yakitori, patrons fortify their bellies with menu items such as Smokey Fried Chicken and Pastrami Nosh.
Cuisines: American, Comfort Foods, Burgers
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa