Under the Roy Choi Empire.
Aloha. all day. (including brunch)
ALOHA style seating aka PARTY OF TWO? SIT WITH A LONELY GUY ON A 4-TOP.
HOW DO YOU EVEN MAKE IN-HOUSE SPAM? LIKE HOW DID YALL MAKE IT A THING?
Parking-friendly Westside LA.
filed under: Roy Choi running things, SPAM does amazing things
If there is one person who could and would kill it at serving Hawaiian grinds at a really good price point on the mainland, it would be Roy Choi. The other Roy has a reputation of serving the high-end version of what they do on the island. A-Frame has been around for a few years, but through Roy Choi’s personal twitter account he announced in the winter of 2014 he was going to re-work A-Frame’s menu.
The rumors out there had A-Frame’s new menu tasting closer to cuisine from Side Street Inn. On the island, Side Street Inn is one of the Hawaiian/local grinds that constantly serves great food with lines always out the door even at the newer location on Kappahulu.
Food memories engaged, GF and I were LA-bound for Sunday brunch service.
Weird happened when we arrived– they had not transitioned into the new menu. The hype that drove us there was for naught. So weren’t going to take a loss, we just went hard and ordered all the Aloha we could stomach.
Surfer’s Sandwich. What caught my eye was house-made SPAM. I love SPAM with all its salty-canned meat glory. Upon eating a bite into the sandwich like for real how do you make in-house SPAM?
LIKE FOR REAL HOW DO YOU MAKE IN-HOUSE SPAM?
The idea of making spam from scratch is insane, because you might as well use the canned product. Save yourself time Roy, but the SPAM matches the exact the flavor of SPAM and all its detractors. Canned meat, nitrates all day, salt salt salt. But the sandwich itself was everything I love about Hawaii presented in a sandwich. The grilled hawaiian sweet bread was a great touch as well.
LOCO MOCO. I’m always weary of any loco moco because it’s always mad heavy going down. The egg, gravy and hamburger patty is greasy. But my reservations always fade when I take a bite. The heartiness of this meal goes great first thing in the morning. The taste profile is different from what one might be used to from L&L and other Hawaiian spots. The curry gravy is a great difference here and I feel like it’s a good deviation from the norm.
This time around no aloha pancakes were ordered, because protein rules everything around me. It’s definitely on the radar for the next time up. And looking on their online menu it looks like the transition has been made into the new menu. R.I.P. Beer-can chicken.
If you can’t find aloha on the mainland, then that’s on you. Because you can order it at A-Frame.
Cheers to the Westside.A-Frame
12565 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066