A Taste of Hawaii Mixed with LA- A Frame

April 7, 2017
Roy Choi's A Frame brings local Hawaiian Cuisine to Los Angeles with dishes like loco moco, OG ribz, and cracklin beer can chicken!

Have you ever visited a restaurant and immediately fell in love with the ambiance and food? It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s a true treat, and A Frame is everything the restaurant scene in LA needed.

I’m going to first throw out this disclaimer; I have never been to Hawaii so I’m not going to say that this is the best Hawaiian food ever. What I will say is that after tasting poke at The Poke Shack, Hawaiian cuisine has been on the brain and visiting A Frame only made it that more intense!A frame belongs to LA’s culinary legend Roy Choi. You can’t miss it because of it’s iconic roof shape; it’s situated in a former Ihop. Serving true “Ono Grindz“, when you walk in you can’t help but to feel relaxed, and the smells of delicious island food hits you immediately. 

While the restaurant always had a Hawaiian theme, about a year ago Choi decided to go all out Hawaiian revamping the menu by bringing on chef Johnny Yoo who had spent a lot of time working Oahu. According to La Mag, the restaurant’s cuisine and vibe is modeled after island hangs like Honolulu’s Side Street Inn and the Hawaiian chain Zippy’s . Choi says, “It’s like if you mixed an IHOP, an In-N-Out, a Costco hot dog stand, and a local spaghetti joint.”

OG RibsBaby rack ribs with a Hoisin-Chili glaze

On the menu are classic island specialties like Huli Huli chicken, OG ribs, and Loco Moco. I absolutely loved the OG ribs! That glaze was so sticky and sweet, and the ribs were really moist and tender. Another favorite of mine was the loco moco!

Loco MocoHambagu steak, brown gravy, rice, sunnyside egg, pickled pearl onions

My first time having loco moco, and geez if there’s a dish that I would marry for the rest of my life; it would be this one! It’s just so comforting and flavorful, and the egg on top makes it even better.

Cracklin Beer Can ChickenPickled daikon, century egg, salsa roja and verde

What’s a century egg? An egg that’s been preserved in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hills for several months. It’s actually really tasty!

My love for A frame is something serious, and I’m already planning my next trip back. They’ve got a Luau hour where cocktails are $8, and all you can eat chicken on Sundays from 5pm-10pm. Now, that I am seriously dying to try!

Where: 12565 W Washington Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90066

Phone: 310.398.7700

Hours: Dinner Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm Brunch Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 3:30pm AYCE Chicken Night Sunday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm Luau Hour Nightly: 5:00pm – 7:00pm Friday & Saturday: 10:00pm – 12:00am

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  • Syama April 7, 2017 at 10:54 am

    You have me drooling !! Love these flavors. Hawai is one of my dream destinations – if not for the surf and sands then for the food 🙂 I am going to grab my car keys and head out to the nearest island food joint 🙂

  • Thanh | Eat, Little Bird April 7, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Oh my, the food looks amazing! I have never been to Hawaii or even know what Hawaiian food is – does Hawaiian pizza count? 😉 I’ll have to keep this place in mind the next time we pass through LA. Thanks for the tip!

  • Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day April 7, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the review! I wasn’t aware of this restaurant. I live in Orange County, so I’ll have to make a trip up to LA soon!

  • Savory Bites (@SavoryBites0411) April 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Love your clicks and all the flavors! Hawaii is on my on my list now!

  • Shumaila | The Novice Housewife April 8, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I dont have much experience with Hawaiian food, so it was informative reading about it. I loved the bit about century egg and its sounds so interesting.

  • Danielle @ Follow My Gut April 8, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I’ve heard so much about A Frame and have been meaning to go there but now seeing these photos makes me want to go asap. I mean, those ribs look bomb!!! Were they as good as they look??

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