On Our Radar: The Hart and the Hunter

A taste of the South on Melrose

The Hart and the Hunter's Southern comfort food
From the folks behind Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, The Hart and the Hunter brings Southern comforts to LA diners. (Image courtesy of The Hart and the Hunter)

Updated Jul 25, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

There’s no denying that chefs Kris Tominaga and Brian Dunsmoor put as much thought into the names of their projects as they do into the food. Their successful Abbot Kinney pop-up, Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, focused on locally sourced country-style plates. This commitment to rustic cooking has carried over to their more permanent outpost: The Hart and the Hunter officially opened on October 4 within Melrose’s Palihotel.

Diners can be assured of the menu’s Southern-inspired fare with small plates featuring assorted pickles, chicken cracklins with hot pepper vinegar and a bag of boiled peanuts. A selection of “potted provisions” provides a unique twist on the usual bread and butter appetizer: pots of pimento cheese, marinated anchovies, smashed white bean pâté and more sub in for standard pats of butter. And along with newcomers like the venison carpaccio and hanger steak served with soft grits, there are also a few WSC staples: the kale salad and fresh trout remain on the menu.

By taking over the casual cafe area, adding outdoor tables and a farm table, they made it easy for Angelenos to wander in and indulge in a taste of the South.

The Hart and the Hunter
7950 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Breakfast and lunch everyday from 7:00am-3:00pm. Dinner served Tuesday through Sunday, 5:30pm-11:00pm.

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Image courtesy of The Hart and the Hunter.