Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles [MUSIC PLAYING] JON SHOOK: Hey, Larry. VINNY DOTOLO: There's the delivery guy. JON SHOOK: There's Lary. This is Larry right here, Larry. VINNY DOTOLO: That's not Larry. That's Carlito. JON SHOOK: No, I know, but that's his white name, bro. His white name is Larry. CARLITO: Thank you, sir. JON SHOOK: Later, brother. VINNY DOTOLO: There's just a certain philosophy here. It's like, everybody's always looking for something to wow you here when they come here, every time, everybody. It's a tight crew here, too-- small staff, small front of the house staff, small back of the house. So it's a true family, I think. JON SHOOK: I'm John Shook. VINNY DOTOLO: I'm Vinny Dotolo, Animal restaurant. We're in Los Angeles, and we're going to go on an eating tour. JON SHOOK: We put together a pretty good group of guys that all love to eat. I text Ethan. He's a good friend of ours, loves to eat. He of course jumped in, hit up a couple of his friends. We had Zach McGowan, voice-over wizard, good friend of ours. VINNY DOTOLO: Used to cook with us. JON SHOOK: Aziz, a buddy of ours who we met here at Animal. He brought some friends. And of course, Jeff from Thrillist-- VINNY DOTOLO: He probably knows more than any of us. We've been open a year and eight months now. John and I have been cooking together for 10 years now. JON SHOOK: That's a long fucking time. We're both from Florida. I grew up in Ormond Beach, he grew up in Clearwater, and we met in culinary school. VINNY DOTOLO: I think the restaurant was something we were dying to get back into. We had worked in some fine dining restaurants our first couple years out of school, and then kind of fell off and started catering and built our business up from there. JON SHOOK: It's always been our dream, I think, to have our own restaurant and be a chef in a restaurant. We never were sous chefs anywhere. We were line cooks, caterers, business owners, and now, restaurateurs. VINNY DOTOLO: Yeah, LA is where we've dug our feet in. JON SHOOK: We've been here for eight years now. VINNY DOTOLO: Yeah, the food scene, I think, has really taken a turn in the last five years here. There were some really solid chefs here before. But now, it's a place where it can be considered to be a culinary Mecca of the US. I don't know if the rest of the US would agree with that. But I think we want to wave that flag a little bit. -Yeah, we're loading this bitch up. -You can't fuck with me. -I know. -He knows he can't fuck with me. He's not on my level. JON SHOOK: Hey, we need to cut up to Willshire. GIOVANNI REDA: Are we going for flavor or for quantity tonight? [INTERPOSING VOICES] JON SHOOK: We're only eating flavor. We're only eating flavor. GIOVANNI REDA: Tommy, you're eating whatever Ethan eats, right? TOMMY: Yo, I'm going sandwich for sandwich, taco for taco with you, head up. VINNY DOTOLO: The first stop-- it's called Gui Rim. John and I found it when we first moved here. Not knowing a bunch of people that were coming with us, I think it was a good idea to bring them there. Because it's kind of interactive, and you're sitting around a table grilling meat and eating kimchis and pickled vegetables and all that stuff. JON SHOOK: You get your hands in it, play around with it. -Fuck yeah, I love this shit. TOMMY: I'll eat this shit raw. Isn't this raw beef? You can eat that raw, right? JON SHOOK: Yeah, you could eat it raw, but-- TOMMY: What's the point, right? JON SHOOK: Yeah, what's the point? In another couple seconds this shit's going to be piping hot, and you're going to be throwing stuff on there. -Aziz, you're getting on this shit, ay? This shit's the bomb. -Deep-fried. AZIZ ANSARI: I love rabbit. -So crazy, southern California. JON SHOOK: You want to do one with them? AZIZ ANSARI: Yeah, let me do a food tour. VINNY DOTOLO: You know, it's funny because in press, too, we always try to be considerate of what we're doing on our menu and what people are going to gravitate towards. And for a while everybody's like, oh, this restaurant is so bacon and pork. And it is. There is bacon on the menu, and there is pork. But I think it was-- the bacon thing really got people, because there's bacon in a desert. And there was a couple things on the menu that had bacon in them, but it's not the focus here. I had people ask us if we put bacon in our iced tea. It's like, who the fuck's telling you this kind of stuff? JON SHOOK: Yeah, it's crazy. VINNY DOTOLO: I mean, we're always looking for inspiration, but we kind of run within really tight confinement here at Animal. We try not to really do too much Asian-inspired food. We have such a large community of Chinese people here, Korean people here, Japanese people here, and they all do it so well. JON SHOOK: Cheers. -Food tour. JON SHOOK: Food tour. Guys, I got to say, I don't know if we're pacing ourselves. TOMMY: You know what's fucked up? You know what-- because the fact that that was a sit-down meal-- ETHAN SUPLEE: Wasn't the way to start the night. TOMMY: You gotta be moving. JON SHOOK: You just spit your fucking thing all over me. TOMMY: I'm sorry, I'm sorry. ETHAN SUPLEE: Where are you going? AZIZ ANSARI: We gotta roll. I gotta go meet somebody. TOMMY: What do you mean? AZIZ ANSARI: I can't stay. I told someone I'd meet them at-- TOMMY: Spirit? Fuck Spirit, are you kidding me or what? -And the biggest loser is-- AZIZ ANSARI: I told someone I would meet them for a drink at 10:00, and I gotta go. TOMMY: Is it a business meeting, or is it a girl? AZIZ ANSARI: It's a woman. [INTERPOSING VOICES] GIOVANNI REDA: Wait now, you're not going. -Yeah, I'm with him. GIOVANNI REDA: What do you mean, you're with him? He's going to meet a chick. What kind of crap is this? How many chicks are going to be there? Is it a gangbang? Is it a gangbang? VINNY DOTOLO: Down in that rough neck of the woods, there's a place Dino's Burgers and Chicken, which pretty much only serves chicken. That's the cool thing with the name. But it's this dirty $5 box of red-orange chicken that's marinated. I became a fan of it. Whenever you tell people, they'd never really heard of it. And it's pretty damn tasty. I don't know what it is. It's scary, but it's good. JON SHOOK: You know what it is? It's probably like chili oil. VINNY DOTOLO: This vinegar shit that they're putting on it right there, it's fucking-- look how fast this guy's moving. You wish you had a guy this fast in your restaurant. Bam, bam, boom-- look at the size of those chickens.