1496 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004134.139100 -118.197901
Tues-Sat 11:30-10pm, Sun 11am-3pm
Neighborhoods: Eagle Rock, East LA
It's not perfect, but the atmosphere, chicken and mac and cheese make up for parking and service quirks. Try the burger and the lemonade!
Sunday Brunch? – I had an opportunity to dine at Larkins last week. I pulled the menu online but was looking forward to their "fine" soul food Cuisine. The service was adequate- smiley faces but unable to accurately list the ingredients in the veggie sausage. The Sunday Brunch menu was quite limited.The scrambled eggs was well seasoned but not tasty. ( that should speak volumes) The pancakes was too sweet. It would send someone into a diabetic coma. I was not impressed at all. Leaves much to be desired : (
Horrible service, long wait and over priced – I went to Larkin's with my boyfriend and his parents and we were all disappointed. We were told our wait would be 30 minutes but the wait ended up being over an hour. During that time, we saw many tables that could have been seated sit uncleared by the bus boy. That was strike one. Strike two was when we asked our waitress if we could have another cup of the bean salad with pita they serve before the meal. (its the equivalent of chips and salsa at a mexican restaurant) Our waitress told us that she would "Have to ask" if she could give us more. We all thought that was pretty weird - to have to ask to serve FOOD at a RESTAURANT - and needless to say, she never gave us more, or said anything more about it - she just ignored our request. When the food came, my boyfriend scalded his hand because the waitress didn't bother to tell him that his dish had just come out of the oven. I got the fried chicken, which was fine, but they dont serve any chicken breasts, only dark meat - shocking considering it $15 - and the presentation was non-existent. It was like they had just thrown three pieces of chicken on a plate with a lump of potatoes. Mac and Cheese was also nothing special - I could do better with a box of shells and cheese or a trip to The Cheesecake Factory.
The whole service gives the feeling of being amature, run on a shoestring budget, and trying pass as something much nicer than it is.
Neo Soul – Good food, friendly and very helpful waiting staff. I loved the mac & cheese !! I thought the much acclaimed fried chicken was ok, not great. It is however very well prepared. I'm looking forward to going back for Larkins specials and brunch.
Terrible Service – This place is terribly over priced with horrible service, its impossible to park, and they only do take out orders if they feel like it. $15 for fried chicken! Don't bother going here.
Promise of – Tonight we ordered takeout from Larkin's. Every time I've driven by, it seems as though the restaurant is full of customers and features a sign out front that says "Food for the Soul".
We reviewed the menu online and placed our order for fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, greens, corn on the cob, mac and cheese, jambalaya, and banana pudding. A veritable southern feast that had my mouth watering.
Well, in a nutshell, Larkin's "Soul Food" really fell short of expectation. I've had some incredible soul food and the food at Larkin's made me feel as though the chef didn't taste his/her food as they cooked it. The chicken was...ok. Tasted like it could have been made at home, which is to say that it was average, flour dredged chicken that was not properly fried as the grease was pooling around the slightly soggy-crusted chicken...at least they seasoned the flour prior to frying. The garlic mashed potato had a strange grey tinge and gummy texture. They were the very worst garlic mashed potatoes I've ever eaten.
My husband ordered Jambalaya, which was overflowing with the grease from the sausages they used in the stew. One bite of the Jambalaya revealed that they used way too much spice, the kind that hits you right at the beginning of the bite instead of the more subtle, after 3 bite heat that you enjoy in a spicy dish. It was almost inedible with the amount of spice that they had in the dish.
The mac and cheese? My toddler wouldn't even eat it. It was flavorless, gummy and globby. The corn on the cob was good...perhaps not $5 per ear good but was the best thing I ordered. I didn't even touch the greens. I figured, well, at least there's dessert...who knew you could mess up banana pudding? It was sweet, with bananas and Nilla wafers but the banana pudding was a sludgy mess that never quite came together. It was more of banana mikshake with bananas and wafers. It tasted good but the consistency of the pudding was of a thick sauce. 2 stars...
Best Fried Chicken! – This place is by far one of my favorite hidaways in Los Angeles. The food, the ambiance, the staff, are all working in this little house in Eagle Rock. Don't go if you can't leave your attitude at home. This is a place to sit and enjoy eating. Not a place to be "seen". I love, love,love it! It is not a place for the snob or the know-it-all. I took my friends, and its the next best thing to having people over at your own home. There is a wait on the weekend and some adults seem to have temper tantrums because they have to wait, I think I learned how to wait in line in Pre-school, I happened to witness one on a visit. The food is good and I and most of my friends are making this one of our montly stops, if not weekly. You can tell the food is made with love and the owners care about every detail. It is not the usuall cookie cutter foodie eatery. I hope it doesn't change.
Great looking restaurant, that's it! What a joke..if you like waiting in a parking lot (room for two cars by the way) for a very, very long time, waiting a very long time to be seated, waiting a very long time to be approached by a server, waiting forever for your food, overpriced food, small portions, grease, arrogant owners, a condescending list of "don'ts" on your table that tell you how to behave in their restaurant...then hurry over to Larkin's and take your place in the parking lot! KFC's fried chicken and mashed potatoes is worthy of a blue ribbon compared to Larkin's greasy small portion of dark meat chicken and a thimble of mashed potatoes.
Back to the drawing board and restaurant 101 for this place.
Where else can you get this food in this part of town? – Larkins was tasty. You may experience a wait, but it's worth it. Where else are you gonna go anyway, have a Tommyburger?
We had the tri tip with yams and fried chicken plate with a side of mac and cheese. Larkins is very heavy on the garlic, and overwhelms the palate and you can still sense it going home. The dessert was just "ok" and nothing spectacular to oooh and aah about. A bit more $ than you would think but the food is worth it if you crave for a meaningful plate of fried chicken. Host was very nice but the waitstaff have their own drama going on. They were nice, but they didn't have to bicker about who was getting us hotsauce in front of us. Maybe someone should look into Larkins being the next reality tv show.
So-so experience – The food at Larkin's isn't bad - but then again, there's nothing particularly special about it either. As for it being "healthy" southern food, my catfish was battered and fried just the way mom always did it (I grew up in the south). Our meals were tasty, but there was little on the menu I would call innovative.
I found the little cards by each table rather alienating. They instruct the guest that substitutions will be considered by the kitchen only if they feel like it, and if the requests are "reasonable," whatever that means. It tells guests to be "respectful." The card made me wonder what sort of customers Larkin's is expecting to show up, if they must be told to be reasonable and respectful. It put me in a bit of a resentful mood that soured what would have been a pleasant, if unremarkable and slightly overpriced, meal.
good ambience, healthy soul food – I absolutely adore how they've fixed up this classic Craftsman house. I give it an A+ for ambience, which is the reason why my boyfriend and I entered this restaurant. As far as the food goes, it's good, but not great and greasy the way I expect great soul food to be. If you want a healthier soul food meal, such as collard greens that aren't cooked in pork fat, but flavored with bell peppers (rather tasty), then this place is for you. The wait staff were friendly. The "commandments" sheet placed on the table on how to behave in the restaurant, such as not asking for substitutes were a bit intimidating and unwelcoming... but it didn't ruin my experience.
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