It's well known that Angelenos head to the West side for trendy foods like kale, almond milk, green juice...and pork belly.
So the next time you’re out shopping in Venice, stop by Pork Belly’s Sandwich Shop for your barbecue fix.
Go right for the signature sandwich, the Belly Up, which has smoked barbecue pork belly topped with homemade coleslaw and served on a brioche bun ($9). (It was recently named one of Zagat’s best new sandwiches in L.A.) Die-hard ’cue fans will also like the saucy, slaw-topped pulled pork or chopped beef brisket sammies ($9). And don’t forget to order a side of the fried pickles with spicy aioli dipping sauce ($4), too.
Not a meat lover? Try chef Eric Solton's gluten-free tofu-and-veggie Sloppy Joe that's smothered in tomato sauce ($9). (Off-menu tip: You can ask for any of the sandwiches to be served on a gluten-free Udi’s roll for a buck extra.)
Pork Belly’s has a stand-up table and a few counter seats available, or you can grab-and-go to feast surfside--if you can wait that long to dig in.
Pork Belly’s Sandwich Shop, 1146 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 424-777-8875 or porkbellysla.com