FATTY ARBUCKLE WOULD HAVE LOVED THIS PLACE
By Michael Hepworth
West Hollywood, CA(Hollywood Today)1/28/13/–The disgraced Hollywood superstar Fatty Arbuckle is looking down at Fatty’s Public House, the new American gastro style pub that is located in his former house on La Cienega Blvd in Hollywood. Open now for about six weeks, Miley Cyrus has already been spotted having her birthday party there, and to sum up the food is a very well prepared and extremely fresh, with several standout items. In fact the chef orders everything fresh daily, and there is no freezer in the restaurant.
The restaurant is the latest venture from BRG Group who already have Smoke in West Hollywood and three others, so they know what they are doing. Executive chef is Puerto Rican native Laurent Sassy, and three of his kind of signature dishes are a Pork chop with cheddar grits and apple sauce, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans, and a chicken pot pie with pork belly and pea salad. I did not try any of these dishes on the night, but did try quite a few other items on the menu and they were all of a high standard.
Fatty’s used to be the Oak Fire Pizza, so they still use the pre-existing wood-burning pizza oven, so I had the Chicken Curry Pizza ($14), a nice touch by Sassy. Nice and thin pizza with coconut tomato curry and yoghurt. This is one of half a dozen pizzas on the menu, which includes the sometimes hard to find Moroccan style Lamb Merguez w/a curried tomato sauce.
Start out with the Hummus plate ($9) with red pepper and experience some of the freshest pita bread you will try. Tuna Tartar ($16) was fresh as you can get with an avocado mousee, and the Crab cake ($14) was also as good I have tasted in a long time with sauce imperiale and a citrus juice that just melted in the mouth.
Portions by the way at Fatty’s are very generous, and such is the case with the French Dip sandwich ($14) with substantial amounts of beef. I also really liked the Chicken and Waffles ($14) with an orange maple butter that gave them a distinct flavor.
The menu is compact but quite versatile, and you can tell that the chef is trying a few different things when instead of bread to start, he dishes up popcorn w/malt vinegar, parmesan cheese and truffle oil.
In Summer or when the weather warms Fatty’s will unveil the retractable roof. The place can get quite noisy especially when there is a party, and the service is brisk enough without feeling rushed. A full bar serves a nice range of cocktails, and on the weekend brunch they are known for their smashing selection of Bloody Mary’s.
Fatty’s is planning to be a late night hangout in Hollywood, although I understand the kitchen closes down around 11 pm, but check with them to be sure.
Fatty’s Public House-829 N.La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Valet Parking $8
Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Average check for two w/1 drink $70
Monday-Friday 11am- 2am
Saturday-Sunday 10 am-2am