When a strange man attempts to show us his willie, we usually run screaming in the other direction.
But Brad Johnson made us an offer we couldn’t refuse.
His new Abbot Kinney restaurant, Willie Jane, has it all: strong drinks, serious eats, and Southern charm to spare.
Snag a seat on the garden patio for a round of stiff Mississippi Teas (vodka, Altar Herbal) before heading into one of four dining rooms outfitted with antebellum flair (damask wallpaper, wicker furniture).
For dinner (and soon, brunch), chef Govind Armstrong (Post & Beam, Table 8) churns out heaping, four-person platters like cornmeal dumplings with smoked lamb hock and shellfish with grits on a first-come, first-served basis. Not in the mood to share? Opt for single-portion dishes like brined pork chop and California quail.
The restaurant itself is named after Johnson’s aunt, who recently turned 100.
That’s no cock-and-bull story.
Willie Jane, 1031 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, between Broadway Street and Westminster Avenue, Venice (310-392-2425 or williejane.com).
Photos: Biz Urban Photography for DailyCandy