Anytime a friend calls you up and says there’s a new Southern spot in town, your first instincts generally are 1. Stop eating now 2. Find the nearest treadmill 3. Do they allow sweatpants in the dining room? None of these are wrong. As much as we love Southern food, we tend to grin and bear the caloric cannon we know is about to shoot point-blank into our life expectancy.
But then there’s Hatchet Hall, the Culver City West spot that wipes away all preconceived notions of what Southern cooking has to be. Afterall, these are the same guys behind Hart and Hunter and Sawtelle’s Flores + Sons. They know how to bring Southern food to the LA masses. And at Hatchet Hall, they’ve landed their best restaurant yet.
Just one glance at the menu will tell you this isn’t your everyday fried chicken joint. House game hen with goat ricotta sitting right next to a wood-grilled octopus in a salsa verde? Don’t ask questions, just order. Because at the end of the meal, it all makes sense. This is modern Southern cuisine with a heavy Californian influence.
And then there’s the space itself. Both stunning and massive, Hatchet Hall’s renovation of the old Waterloo and City space is flat-out awesome, with a bougie rustic vibe that reads Frank Underwood’s Lowcountry hunting lodge. And that’s a compliment. What easily could have been dark and heavy-handed ended up bright, romantic, and surprisingly casual. And with a great outdoor patio, main dining room and even a hidden whiskey bar in the back, there’s not many occasions Hatchet Hall isn’t good for. Brunch with friends, dinner with your parents, late in the game date night – it doesn’t much matter. Hatchet Hall provides yet another reason to get to Culver City now.
Just leave the sweats at home.
When was the last time a game hen stole the show? Well, at Hatchet Hall it does. The hen itself is cooked perfectly but it’s the polenta and goat ricotta at the bottom of dish that makes this baby incredible.
Not sure you’ll ever see an octopus at a dinner table in the South but who cares. It’s on this table and you’re going to want all of it.
Everybody’s got a chicken liver on the menu these days, but we like Hatchet Hall’s because of that onion jam and apple vinegar. YES and YES.
We don’t mean to brag, but LA’s carrot game is strong. Do these compete with the top ones around? Probably not. But they’re still pretty good, and a solid dish for the table.
This was a seasonal special when we were there, and it wasn’t our favorite. The citrus was a tad overpowering, and there just wasn’t a lot on the plate, making it hard to pass around.
YES. Probably one of the more Southern-heavy dishes on the menu, this baby is pretty gluttonous but we won’t tell anyone if you don’t.