Beer Belly

Bars, Gastropubs Koreatown
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Beer Belly

The first thing you need to know about Beer Belly is that the parking lot is not the one directly in front of the restaurant, as one might logically conclude, but rather the one next door, on the other side of the fence. The second thing you need to know is this: fried chicken. Everything else is just background noise. Although, pretty much everything is highly enjoyable—the eclectic Koreatown clientele, the ear-splitting rock-n-roll, the French fries slathered with duck confit, the sloppy, grease-dripping grilled cheese, the well-curated craft beer list. Order at the counter, then try to find a table. Tables are first-come, first-served, so be prepared to circle like vultures.

By: Brad A. Johnson

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Venue name: Beer Belly
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Address: 532 S Western Ave
Los Angeles
90020
Opening hours: Sun-Tues 11:30am-11pm; Wed, Thurs 11:30am-midnight; Fri, Sat 11:30am-1am
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Nielle

Cute place with outdoor seating, though it could be difficult to find parking. We fell in love with the aioli that came with the fries. Share everything, and try all the craft beers.

Bryan C
tastemaker

Perfect place to stop for food before a show at the Wiltern. As expected, most of the food is very rich and heavy...but very delicious. Two of my favorites were the duck fat fries and pork belly chips. Lots of great shareable options & plenty of craft beer as well. It's a smaller spot and can fill up quickly, especially on show nights. Be prepared for a possible wait if you have a larger party. 

Haley S.
tastemaker

ONE OF THE BEST SPOTS FOR FRIED CHICKEN IN LA.  #1?  Can't be sure, too hard to pick between Plan Check and here.  Regardless, Beer Belly has some great food, some great beers, and it's worth checking out.  Not all items on its menus are created equal; the wings are just ok, the fries are good, but the duck/duck fat/duck confit adds surprisingly little to the experience.  If you're expecting your Grilled Broccoli with Cheddar Whiz to come with cheese whiz...it doesn't, it's just a normal dip sauce.  Brussel sprouts and mac and cheese are devour-able, but not crave-able.  That said, there are so many insanely delicious sounding items on the menu, you can't help but want to go back (if having the fried chicken again isn't motivation enough).

Know before you go: parking is terrible, valet only in the crowded lot next door to the bar, but unless you're getting there relatively early, street parking might be hard enough that it's your only time efficient option.