Name of Restaurant: The Cannibal Beer & Butcher. Owner Christian Pappanicholas opened the first location in New York in 2011 before expanding to a second New York location, and then to Los Angeles. Cannibal opened the end of May.
Concept: Meat, meat and more meat, with beer, beer and more beer. Chef Francis Derby (formerly of Wylie Dufresne’s wd-50, Mugaritz in Spain and David Chang’s Momofuku Ssäm Bar) moved from New York to Los Angeles to run the kitchen.
What you’re eating: There’s a lot to choose from, including citrus grilled chicken; a dry-aged burger with what The Cannibal calls tater tots (they’re much larger than your average tater tots); lamb tartare with green apple; aged goat cheese and charred leak; chicken matcha mousse with roasted plum, almonds and oats. There are also several sausages made in-house, as well as cured meats on the menu.
What you’re drinking: One of more than 100 beer options, a glass of wine or a cocktail such as the A Rhum with a View, made with Canne Bleue rhum, lime, pink guava and sparkling wine, or a London Bird, made with Beefeater gin, grapefruit and Aperol.
More than a restaurant: Connected to the restaurant side of The Cannibal is its butcher shop that’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is where you’ll find hot, cold and grilled sandwiches, snacks and breakfast is coming soon.
For ambitious diners: Brave souls with disposable incomes can order “the ole 96’er” (only available by advance order). This $320, 96-ounce rib-eye has been dry-aged for 60 days and is served with seasonal vegetables.
For those who don’t eat meat: Can’t say they didn’t warn you — the word “butcher” is in the name. There aren’t many entree options for vegetarian diners, though The Cannibal does have a cheese menu and a vegetable menu that includes a kale salad, fried Brussels sprouts and grilled eggplant.
When to go: About a dozen spots at the bar and the nine-page drink menu make it a good place to grab beers after work. If it’s crowded, you can always grab a taco at the newly opened Loqui, which is just around the corner, while you wait.
Seating perks: The Cannibal has both outdoor and indoor seating, and three of the inside tables seat 10 people, making it easy to accommodate a large group of friends.
Info: Hours: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, closed Monday.
8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 838-2783; www.thecanniballa.com.