Hungry like the wolf?
Prowl over to Animal, the new spot from chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (a.k.a. Carmelized Productions, b.k.a. the Food Dudes), opening tomorrow.
Follow your instincts; there’s no sign on the door. Naked bulbs, a wall-length wooden bench, and lots of elbow room at the copper bar make the stripped-down space ideal for indulging.
Seasonal, sustainable ingredients — and lots of pork — dictate the weekly changing menu: johnnycakes topped with foie gras and blueberry-plum syrup; fried soft-shell crab atop watercress and avocado dressed in pancetta vinaigrette; balsamic-glazed country pork ribs with warm bacon potato salad and a rich chocolate crunch bar sprinkled with — yes, siree — bacon bits for dessert.
Choose from 25 wines by the glass and affordable carafes and bottles handpicked by sommelier Erik Kelly. High-class hedonists throw down for the reserve list.
Oh, you beast!
Animal, 435 North Fairfax Avenue, between Oakwood and Rosewood Avenues, Fairfax Corridor (323-782-9225).