Food Trucks are being discussed everywhere from the Food Network to being spotted at all the big events now. A select few have risen to the top though and have become so popular they are now opening brick-and-mortar restaurants to go along with their mobile success.
Last week, I attended an exclusive pre-opening dinner at the new Flying Pig Café. I was able to sample bites from the Asian and Pacific Rim cuisine made famous by the Flying Pig Food Truck. The truck was a huge success, winning praise from Oprah, Food & Wine, and Tyler Florence before opening its new storefront now. The Café version though features new creations from Chef and Owner Joe Kim and food truck favorites like their pork belly buns in the heart of Little Tokyo/DTLA area.
It's a small and open place, with a walk up counter and a chalk board menu. There is also outdoor seating, perfect for people watching. Some highlights include their fried avocado strips, which I thought was a clever, but fattening idea.
Generally, I'm not crazy about spicy dishes, so I didn't think I'd like the prosciutto-wrapped, chili-cream cheese stuffed shishito peppers, but I gave it a try and was glad I did. They rocked!
My favorite dish though was the Branzino (white fish) and asparagus in an orange butter sauce. I'll admit to having had two helpings.
Apparently, they offer a $5 happy hour from 5-7 p.m. M-F too. I'll be back soon for that!
For another review check out Anywhere and Everywhere's post.
Flying Pig Café 141 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90013