Plan Check

Bars, Gastropubs Fairfax District
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Plan check refers to the process of getting building plans approved, a nod, as Plan Check Kitchen + Bar explains, to the Building and Safety Department next door to the first location. That Plan Check takes a city building rather than its location as its reference point is telling. Indeed, rather than curry and ramen, you have salty beer nuts, fried chicken served with sweet yam preserves, and burgers. Great, perfectly-sized burgers like the signature Plan Check Burger acknowledges its original Little Osaka neighborhood with a tender, juicy Akaushi red Wagyu beef patty nestled between a "crunch bun"—the crunch comes courtesy of panko—and the Blueprint Burger slathered with a roasted garlic steak sauce beautifully plays off the smokiness of blue cheese. If you're ranking the city's burgers the way you're ranking your fantasy football team, Plan Check is your Arian Foster: a definite first-round pick.

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Venue name: Plan Check
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Address: 351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles
90036
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 11:30am-midnight; Thu 11:30am-1am; Fri, Sat 11:30am-2am
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tastemaker

While Plan Check frequently makes "best burger" lists--I've never understood it.  They make a fine burger, but quite frankly, the best thing at Plan Check is their amazing fried chicken.  Once you've tried it, the burgers pale in comparison.  Whether you get it on its own or in its sandwich form, it's crispy, juicy, and a bunch of other adjectives I don't know that describe the perfect fried chicken.  The sandwich combo with duck breast ham and pimiento cheese is fantastic (though get the cheese on the side if you're sensitive to spicy foods).  The Fairfax location is large, and while it can be crowded, more often than not you can find a seat at the bar if there's not a table available.  Before Cinefamily closed (RIP), it was a great spot for a pre or post show meal.  Parking can suck; unless you want to valet, expect to park a little farther away.

tastemaker

Always consistent & delicious. Plan Check is a great pick if you're looking for a bar + restaurant with plentiful well-crafted & unique food, as well as drink options for all tastes. The ketchup leather they serve on some of their burgers may sound odd, but it's definitely tasty and worth trying. Additionally, their Jidori chicken sandwich is one of my favorite dishes on the menu. At this point, there are a few Plan Checks in the LA area (Little Osaka, Fairfax, Downtown Santa Monica, etc) but it doesn't feel like they've stretched themselves too thin or that quality has suffered. The dishes are definitely rich & heavy as you would expect, and it can get pricey depending on your order, but the restaurant's food is absolutely delicious and deserves 5 stars