Little Tokyo: Dinner at Fickle

fried chicken sandwich

fried chicken sandwich

Little Tokyo is not too far from the Music Center campus which includes the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and the Dorothy Chandler. I’m frequently over there and am always on the look-out for pre-theatre dining options. A couple of weeks ago, we tried out Fickle. By day, the restaurant is a fast casual sandwich shop that goes by the name the Sandwich Smith. At night, it transform to a low-key cafe which serves oysters and gastropub twists. There are beer and wine options and a pretty good looking happy hour.

oysters

oysters

My friend isn’t a shellfish lover like I am so I got 3 oysters for myself. During happy hour, they’re $1.75 each. Not the best happy hour oysters deal but not bad as we were surrounded by sushi restaurants.

popcorn

popcorn

Fickle has complimentary popcorn to snack on while we waited for our order. There’s a sprinkling of some really meaty tasting spice but they say it’s vegetarian. I also detected cinnamon. It turns out it’s the same spicing on the chicken wings we later got.

burrata

burrata

 

My friend wanted to get the burrata. I was a little surprised to find it meant bruschetta which was fine by us. It just meant we didn’t have to prettily arrange the burrata ourselves on crostini.

fried pickled green beans

fried pickled green beans

 

I really don’t know what I was thinking when I saw fried pickled green beans on the happy hour menu. I suppose I just focused on the pickled green beans part. I like fried (fresh) green beans. I like pickled green beans. Together, not so much. I ended up freeing the green beans from its fried shells.

chicken wings

chicken wings

 

We also ordered the chicken wings from the happy hour menu. These were great with the aforementioned “meaty” sprinkling of spices.

We also got the fried chicken sandwich (pictured above). I probably should have asked for mayo on the side as the slaw really took care of the moisture of the sandwich. The chicken was perfectly fried. My friend was bummed the cheese wasn’t melted but I thought it was fine.

Overall we were happy with the happy hour but we are still on the hunt for pre-theatre dining options.

Fickle

362 E 1st St.,  Los Angeles, CA 90012  —  (213) 628-1888

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