Last year, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo opened Animal on Fairfax and their minimalist restaurant with bold cooking has been filled ever since. Their menu changes daily, based on market-driven ingredients. Happily, no matter what Shook and Dotolo source, almost every dish incorporates pork, making Animal a perpetual candidate for Dose of Vitamin P.
Pig ears are notoriously chewy, with a cartilage crunch, but Dotolo and Shook transformed the off-cut into a must-order appetizer, tossing the still-crunchy but tender ears ($10) with scallions and tangy, slightly spicy chile-lime vinaigrette. The ears were draped with an over-easy fried egg. A quick poke of the fork and the rich yolk was free to mingle with the surprisingly addictive hog meat.
Dose of Vitamin P is a new feature that spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.