The Gorbals: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011
With the Pico Kosher Corridor, bustling Israeli joints and the best delis in the country, Los Angeles is not exactly lacking in Jewish-identified places to eat. But The Gorbals, Ilan Hall's restaurant in the lobby of the old Alexandria Hotel, may be the only Jewish restaurant that has ever served bacon-wrapped matzoh balls, pork belly braised in Manischewitz, or haggis. It is definitely the only Jewish restaurant that has had customers line up around the block for a taste of whole roasted hog.
The Gorbals, perhaps, is a restaurant that should not be seen by the light of day, when the backroom speakeasy vibe is overtaken by the thought that the dim space in the Alexandria may once have served as an industrial laundry room. Scottish-Jewish cuisine may be a construct that exists solely within Hall's perfervid imagination, but an order of his french fries, cooked with whole garlic cloves and great, aromatic handfuls of fresh dill, is, as they say, a fact on the ground. 501 S. Spring St., dwntwn. (213) 488-3408, thegorbalsla.com. Lunch, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner, Mon.-Wed., 6 p.m.-mid.; Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Full bar. Street and nearby pay-lot parking. AE, MC, V. Scottish-Jewish.
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