OiNKSTER Hollywood on Vine Opens Today

Oinkster
Chef Andre Geurrero is known for restaurants MAX, Senor Fred, and OINKSTER

Touted as “slow fast food”, Andre Guerrero’s OINKSTER had a soft opening on Saturday April 19th, purveying its line of comfort food sandwiches and craft beers to a young Hollywood crowd eager to see the original Eagle Rock store re-worked on Vine Street, just a couple blocks north of Melrose.

“We dry smoke all our meats right here,” chef/owner Guerrero told the Buzz as a happy crowd loaded up on pastrami sandwiches, onion rings and potato salad around him. “We farm out the curing process, then dry smoke the meats here for a good 18 hours – it’s a three day process in all. We do about 1500 lbs of pastrami a week, and 1200 pounds of pork.” Guerrero notes they also serve up a great hamburger and a sandwich with buttermilk fried chicken and buffalo sauce. Sandwiches range in price from $7 – 11 and make all sauces and side dishes from scratch.

Oinkster Hollywood
The OiNKSTER Hollywood

Guerrero opened the original OINKSTER in Eagle Rock eight years ago, and has dreamed of a shop here in the Hollywood area for some four years, looking for the right location. The build-out of the new store at 776 N. Vine took almost two years and $1 million as they had to redo all the plumbing, sewer and electrical and revamped the space – sandblasting wood, exposing brick and adding LED lighting.

The new incarnation of the former dark glass Sushi Hiroba restaurant is bright and airy, with touches of “picnic” presented with the red and white gingham flooring in spots, and picnic table seating. Sadly, everything is served in disposable goods so that excellent craft beer is in a plastic cup. They try to keep waste to a minimum, but sandwiches are served in paper in a basket, keeping to the fast food formula.

Oinkster’s seating for 120 includes a “dog patio” and an outdoor patio along Vine that’s undercover and integrated with the interior.  Take out service is easy for those on the go – you can order ahead via phone or online and parking in the good-sized lot should be a breeze. No doubt busy parents of children at Larchmont Charter School,  just steps away, will be making many trips to Oinkster on the way home.

Oinkster
Open Sun-Thur 11 am – 11 pm
Open Fri-Sat 11 am – 12 am
776 N. Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA
Telephone:323-536-9248
Oinkster Hollywood
The covered patio runs along the Vine St side of Oinkster, and the wall seems to subdue the traffic noise.
Oinkster Hollywood
Picnic style dining inside and out.
Oinkster Hollywood
Food from the kitchen, peeked at through the open window at rear, is delivered to your table by servers.

 

 

 

 
 
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About Julie Grist

Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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  1. In case you overlook the details, as I did, here’s one to note…their Original Pastrami sandwich automatically comes on a toasted sourdough roll. So, if you were expecting it to come on rye, as their Reuben sandwich does, FYI. Also, one must ask for the mustard. Just saying. Delish, by the way.

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