Monday, April 11, 2016

Where to Eat: “Not Your Average Fried Chicken Wings” @ Comfort LA

The Eats: Fried chicken wings splashed with “that sauce,” plus an assortment of soul food sides

The Location: Downtown

The Vibes: Casual, laid-back, hella chill

Good for: Alone, Dates, Groups

When-To-Go: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, open late until 3 a.m. on Fridays & Saturdays

The $ Factor: The Dinner Special $12, a la carte items $6 - $20

The Names behind the scenes: Owners Mark Walker and Jeremy McBryde

The 4-1-1: No thighs, breasts, legs or backs...just wings here!

Parking Situation: Free street parking

I’ll Be Back…: For The $12 Dinner Special - six wings, two sides and cornbread!

Over the weekend, I checked out Comfort LA for the very first time. 

Originally launching as a pop up shop, Comfort LA has been at its new 7th Street location only for a couple of months. Décor is low key, with long wooden tables and benches taking up the majority of the space in the one-room eatery. Ornamentation is minimum — just a couple of black-and-white photos of L.A. landmarks hanging on an exposed brick wall, an old-school boom box, a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf filled with books and vintage records, and a few portraits of characters from The Simpsons — painted black.

Like the physical space, the actual ambiance is mad chill and all good vibes. When we were there, Chef Jeremy warmly greeted guests all night long, often dishing out hugs and complimentary chicken wing tastings. The soundtrack was an amazing blend of laid-back hip hop, R&B, rap — think J. Dilla, James Blake, Bryson Tiller. And, board games, cards and dominoes were available, to anyone up for a friendly game.

But, most importantly, the food!

The highlight on the menu are the Not Your Average Fried Chicken Wings, splashed with a special concoction known as “that sauce” and fresh chives and spices. The wings come in individual portions, or in a platter option that’s big enough to share with a large group (or to eat all by yourself, if you’re greedy). You can also order sides, such as cornbread, yams, greens, mac’n’cheese and red beans & rice. My favorite side were the greens, which have a sweet, tangy kick to them. 

While Comfort LA doesn’t serve alcoholic beverages, you can BYOB — at no additional charge (!).They also have a selection of beverages, including their very own Ginger-Aid pictured below, a blend of Kool-Aid, ginger, lemon and lime. And, speaking from experience, the Ginger-Aid tastes great when you add a dash of champagne.

Not to be missed is the signature dessert, the Sweet Goodness. Served warm, it’s an intoxicatingly sugary slice of cornbread, topped with strawberries. The perfect way to end a meal.

So, the next time you’re in the downtown area and craving wings, perhaps after a late night out, I recommend stopping by Comfort LA.

See you there soon!

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