Chef Andre Guerrero opened his “slow fast food” joint in a midcentury Eagle Rock A-Frame in 2006, and the long-awaited second location of the Oinkster opens in Hollywood this week.
Serving up the decadent burgers, killer pulled-pork sandwiches and the best pastrami this side of Langer’s No. 19 that made the Oinkster so popular in Eagle Rock, the Hollywood outpost adds some new sandwich and burger options like the Thanksgiving Burger, a pork adobo burger and the Cluckster fried chicken sandwich, though with no room for the large oven, rotisserie chicken is not on the Hollywood menu.
The craft beer selection has been bumped from four taps to six taps at the new location, and while the draft offerings will rotate regularly, there will be a focused bottle list curated by beverage manager Josh Salinas and a monthly bottle special. Salinas expects to tap a lot of local craft brews, but he said he isn’t limited to Southern California breweries and will also bring in kegs from farther-flung craft breweries. The idea is to give diners fresh and flavorful brews to pair with the often rich dishes.
The 3,000-square-foot space, updating a tired sushi restaurant that sat vacant on Vine Street just north of Melrose for years, is open and has a cool-kids cafeteria-meets-diner vibe. There’s an outdoor patio, exposed brick and wood beams, a lot of primary colors, and plenty of tables. There’s also a sprawling parking lot that wraps around the restaurant, always a boon for eateries in Hollywood.
The Oinkster Hollywood opens Tuesday for lunch and dinner.
776 Vine St., Los Angeles, (323) 536-9248.