photo credit: Holly Liss
You could argue that Jar is kind of boring and probably have a decent case. And yet, this upscale chophouse on Beverly gets away with it because every element is so endearing and well-executed that you have no choice but to enjoy your dinner. The place is a complete throw-back to the early aughts, when fancy dining in LA meant eating red meat in a windowless room, sipping manhattans, and commenting on how gorgeous the coq au vin looks at the adjacent table. If you need a bit more air though, there’s a new fenced-in sidewalk patio with string lights, astroturf, and a healthy romantic atmosphere. The duck fried rice and the slightly-sweet char siu pork chop are the two best things on the menu, but be sure to save room for the carrot cake - it’s one of our favorites in town.
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Duck Fried Rice
This is the best thing on the menu. It’s rich and slightly sweet with a huge savory punch from the mushrooms. This might be in the “sides” section, but there’s no shame in ordering it as an entree.
It’s their signature dish for a reason - it’s quite good. The giant cooked carrot draped on top doesn’t add much besides color, but there’s no denying the roast itself is fantastic and no knife is required.
This is the most disappointing dish on the menu simply because Jar is a place that should get a wedge salad right, but doesn’t. It’s essentially just a small head of iceberg lettuce split into four quarters and doused with either blue cheese or thousand island dressing. It’s boring and doesn’t need to be on your table.
Char Siu Pork Chop
Most first-timers at Jar will rightfully get the pot roast, but the regulars are eating this - a perfectly-cooked pork chop that’s been marinated in a sweet and salty glaze. It’s delicious and our favorite amongst the big plate entrees.