I finally experienced death by duck. Ever since my friends Instagram'ed photos of their Beer Belly experience, I have been dying to go for duck fat fries and Mac 'n cheese. So alas, one of my best dudes and I met up for dinner in this obscure little place in Koreatown for a lovely taste of greasy heaven and beer.
Their dishes are meant to be shared so it's probably best if you go with a group so that you can try as many things as possible. However, as long as you're in good company, as I was, it'll still be everything you dreamed of.
The absolute must is the duck fat fries. We got the Death By Duck, because it's the duck fat fries plus duck confit on top--you might as well have your duck fat and eat your duck, too! It comes with a raspberry mustard, which is fun and exotic, but actually wish they had regular ketchup and/or some kind of white sauce. The Mac 'n cheese...oh the Mac 'n cheese. It was marvelously gooey, coated with baked bread crumbs and smoked applewood bacon. Drool? Yeah. As soon as it was brought out, the magnificent aroma invaded my senses and immediately brought Italy to mind. I'm not exactly sure why, but what a wonderful place to be, so who cares. The duck French dip was just lovely--the duck tender, the bread soft and fluffy, with a perfect layer of provolone to seal deal. The to wrap it up with a pretty sparkly ribbon, the au jus complimented the perfectly. And it wasn't too salty as some au jus can be.
We were too stuffed to have dessert, but everything on the dessert menu is sure to complete your heart attack meal. Everything is fried--fried twinkies, fries Oreos, fried I can't even remember what.
They have a pretty nice beer selection, too. Surprisingly, many of them come from my hometown (Torrance, CA). It's not ususally something we see, do we were delightfully surprised.
Just note that it's not the easiest place to find, because it's not clearly visible from the street. So just know that it's on Western, between 6th and 5th. When you turn north onto western, it's on the end closer to 6th, and you'll turn into the first parking lot on your right, which is the parking lot for a few venues there. Valet is $2 so just remember to bring done cash with you. You'll then see that Beer Belly is tucked away in the back left corner.
It's not a large place, but the vibe is cool and the walls are colorful. There's outdoor seating, which is nice under warm conditions (the front patio does not have heaters. In any case, it's a fantastic place to cap off a long day at work with good friends.
Good food, good company--what more could a gal ask for?
BIG LOVE & HUGS