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55: Duck Fried Rice at Jar

Jar's duck fried rice
Jar's duck fried rice
A. Scattergood

Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4), we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

55: Duck Fried Rice at Jar.

Walk through the heavy wooden doors at Jar, Suzanne Tracht's 11-year-old West Hollywood chophouse, and you'll probably feel like ordering a steak. And a few martinis. It's that kind of place: a gloriously atavistic restaurant, with white tablecloths under low light, an iceberg lettuce wedge on the menu, and a maître d' wearing a suit rather than a canvas of tattoos. But if 16 ounces of dry-aged steak is too much on a hot summer evening, order the duck fried rice instead.

If finding a terrific bowl of fried rice on a steakhouse menu surprises you, you haven't been to Jar enough. Thailand native Preech Narkthong has been Jar's chef de cuisine since the place opened -- the pair also cooked together at Tracht's previous restaurant Jozu -- and he's been putting his touch on the menu ever since. Thus you can order water spinach with your bistro steak, or lemongrass chicken instead of it. But the duck fried rice is in a league of its own, the ideal marriage of both chefs' traditions.

The kitchen makes the duck confit for the fried rice, rather than the other way around, then the vegetables -- shiitakes and julienned carrots, pea sprouts and leeks -- are sautéed in the duck fat. Stir in a generous portion of Japanese brown rice and top the dish with a chiffonade of green onions, then serve -- with or without that char siu Berkshire pork chop. With or without that martini. And if you have leftovers (right), Tracht says that they're pretty fantastic reheated for breakfast, with an egg on top.


Check out the rest of our 100 of our favorite dishes. Suggestion? Write us a comment.

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99: Cemita de Milanesa at Cemitas Poblanos Elviritas #1

98: Chichen Itza's Cochinita Pibil

97: Tsukemen at Tsujita L.A.

96: La Cevicheria's Bloody Clam Ceviche

95: Duck Shawarma at Momed

94: Peruvian Chicken at Pollo a la Brasa

93: Squash Blossom Quesadilla at Antojitos Carmen

92: Thai Boat Noodles at Pa-Ord

91: Baco Mercat's Bazole

90: Furikake Kettle Corn at A-Frame

89: Live Santa Barbara Spot Prawns at Providence

88: Fried Pig Tails at Night + Market

87: Egg Salad Sandwich at Euro Pane

86: Galbi Jjim at Soban

85: Truffle Honey-Laced Fried Chicken at Manhattan Beach Post

84: Mool Naeng Myun at Yu Chic Naeng Myun

83: Chicken Vampiro at Mexicali Taco & Co

82: Sooo Cali Dog at Dog Haus

81: White Anchovy, Tomato and Fresno Chile Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza

80: Shu Mai at Elite Restaurant

79: Tandoori Chicken at Al-Watan

78: Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding at The Hungry Cat

77: Agedashi Tofu at Izakaya Bincho

76: Pork Chop at Salt's Cure

75: Porcetto at Sotto

74: The Sea Urchin Tostada at La Guerrerense

73: Wood-Roasted English Peas at Tar & Roses

72: Persian Mulberries at Weiser Family Farms

71: Hunan-Style Preserved Pork with Tofu at Hunan Chilli King

70: Brisket Banh Mi at Gjelina Take Away

69: Yukhwe Bibimbap at Oo-Kook Korean BBQ

68: Lamb Pie at Beijing Pie House

67: Son of a Gun's Uni and Burrata

66: Pastrami Reuben at Art's Delicatessen

65: Beef Koobideh at Kabab Mahaleh

64: The Whipper Burger at Hawkins House of Burgers

63: Slippery Shrimp at Yang Chow

62: Whole Channel Island Red Sea Urchin at Water Grill

61: Going Dutch Panini at Bread Lounge

60: Huckleberry's Green Eggs & Ham

59: Pickled Watermelon Salad at L&E Oyster Bar

58: Spaghettini with Abalone, Pickled Cod Roe and Truffles at n/naka

57: Brown Brown Bread Ice Cream at Scoops Westside

56: Smothered Chicken at R and R Soul Food


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8225 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

323-655-6566

www.thejar.com

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