The Gold Standard: Larkin's

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Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and LA Weekly columnist Jonathan Gold strikes gold with Larkin's in Eagle Rock. Jonathan describes Larkin's cuisine as "riffs on soul food", a bit more upscale, but very tasty. They make salmon croquettes with fresh salmon and vegetables; salad with okra pods and heirloom tomatoes; great fried chicken, smothered pork chops with light, garlic gravy; fried catfish. It also has among the best mac and cheese in town; tasty sweet potato pie. Entrees range between $15-$19. Alcohol license pending, bring your own wine.

1496 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

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