Been going back and forth with Chef David Bartnes of Little Toyko's relatively newish restaurant b.o.s. on a menu, time and date for a family style meal, and finally got all the details worked out. b.o.s stands for "Beef," "Offal," and "Sustainable." So this meal is about nose to tail eating of the whole cow or heifer primarily those parts of the animal other than the muscles, that is the organs prepared primarily with Asian seasonings.
The chef sources his cattle from sustainable farms, so all of his items are Grassfed, pastured, as well as hormone and antibiotic free. When eating offal this is really important to know since hormones and antibiotics become bioconcentrated in the organs.
Chef David also has an interesting background. Born in Oregon into a very ethnically diverse family (Korean, Chinese, Japanese and German roots) he has travelled the world and lived in seven different countries. Most recently before coming to LA he worked in Shanghai, China. So he brings a very worldly perspective to his cuisine.
So here's the menu Chef David has put together for us:
• Honeycomb Tripe and Kimchi Stew
• Grilled Miso Heart
• Spicy green beans
• Sweetbread Tacos
• Small Intestine Chicharrón
• Sizzling Thai Tongue
• Pork Knuckle
• Oxtail (this is a whole tail)
• Secret Menu item
The price is $41.00 - food only (this includes a 10% discount)
The price does NOT include tax, tip or drinks
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yelp- 4.5 stars 80 reviews
Deposit will be refunded if meetup is cancelled, rescheduled or if member cancelled w. at least 1 day notice prior to the event. For those that don't cancel, the deposit will be refunded after the event. This deposit isn't applied toward the cost of the event. Deposit is required to discourage "no-shows". All deposits go through Daryl's account.
there is a lot in front of the restaurant and metered street parking. If you park in the lot, you need to get your ticket validated. With validation your parking is three dollars $3.00. Most meters go off at 8 PM but being adjacent to Little Toyko, this is a very busy area even on a Wednesday night
Corkage is twenty dollars a bottle, but the owner said he'd discount multiple bottles. The restaurant though does have a nice list of Napa wines along with some other regions that are available by the glass.
The restaurant is pretty small with a total of about 24 seats, so unfortunately I will not be able to increase the size of our group for this meet-up. However, if the event goes well, I may repeat this event in the near future to accomodate all those who couldn't go this time.
The restaurat is in a small strip mall, not visible from the street, right next to Sushi Gen