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1496 Colorado Blvd. (Loleta Ave.) Send to Phone
Contemporary restaurant serving distinctive soul food in a beautifully restored century-old Craftsman cottage.
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Lunch Wed.-Fri., Dinner Wed.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 4 reviews

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Larkin's Restaurant Review

: Chef Larkin Mackey and manager Joshua McBride renovated a 1911 Craftsman, transforming a used car shop into a “contemporary soul food joint.” There’s a wraparound porch, while the interior décor includes stained-glass windows and original doors used as tabletops. The menu is more befitting of New Orleans than blue collar Eagle Rock. Every meal begins with spicy black-eyed pea “caviar,” served with pita chips, and a basket of warm miniature cornbread muffins. There are satisfying stews of slow-cooked chile verde, gumbo and jambalaya, along with several barbecue options. Fork-tender smothered pork chops are served with Cajun-influenced red beans. Sides include spicy sautéed collard greens and twice-baked macaroni with three bubbling cheeses. At lunch, a mean fried chicken salad with buttermilk dressing and a catfish po’ boy with spicy tartar mayo are available. For Sunday brunch, Aunt Pookie’s pancakes are a crêpe-pancake hybrid, biscuits are smothered in vegetable gravy, and the hot links are truly hot. Drinks include fresh-squeezed Meyer lemonade, mint julep soda and sweet tea served in a Mason jar. For dessert, Mama’s banana pudding is creamy and cool, loaded with Nilla wafers, and the "black & blue" cobbler features blackberries and blueberries, simmered in cinnamon and brown sugar, baked with a flaky biscuit crust.

User Ratings & Reviews for THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Larkin's
Average rating    1.5
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Could be so much better
by b0hemian on Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:32 am
I have been eating at Larkin's from the first day they opened. At first, it was wonderful. Larkin and Joshua are a fantastic couple, and they've put so much work into restoring that house and building this cozy, relaxed, breezy eating place. The menu was a great start. First, to be fair, it's not strictly "Soul" food. Larkin intended it to be an upscale modern fusion of soul and southern food in general, so those looking for strict interpretation of soul food need to look elsewhere.
I've had nearly everything on the menu, and I still dream about some items! That said, my partner and I have been continually disappointed during our visits and have stopped going altogether. Larkin's mama came to help with desserts (man, those are good!). But as the great reviews rolled in, things seemed to slack, and finally, it was just so poor we stopped going. Joshua aside, the staff in the front of the house are apathetic and not terribly bright, let alone decent servers. The service is bad, but when the food suffered it was too much. There are only 5 options for dinner, and we quickly tired of them all. There's only so much fried chicken I want to eat.
Sunday brunch never seemed like a good deal, so we avoided it. The Aunt Pookie's pancakes are saucer-sized, thin, eggy crepes totally soaked in syrup and overly sweet. The grits are tasteless even with the extra money spent on toppings (about a tablespoon). But the lunch - oh wow! House made corndogs with hot links, catfish po'boys, deep fried grilled cheese sandwiches and mac & cheese balls! The downside was that dessert was never available until dinner. Everything on that dessert menu deserves to be tried. The cobbler and banana pudding are to die for, so praise mama!
The last straw was the awful decision to do away with lunch on weekends and instead offer only brunch items through the afternoon. My partner and I were terribly disappointed in no longer being able to get the best meal to be had at Larkin's. Who gets to enjoy lunch there? Only people who work in the area! We won't be back, sadly, not even for mama's banana pudding.
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by jackiedix on Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:14 pm
YOU WANT SOUL FOOD????? Well you won't get it at Larkins. I was raised on Southern cooking, and Larkins doesn't even come close. There were three of us, and we each ordered something different so we could sample more of the menu. But first, have you ever had cold, hard black-eyed peas? I wish I hadn't and this was just the starter. Thank God it was the free appetizer. Now for the rest of the items:

Greens: Super hot and crunchy. I opted for the Mac & Cheese after I was given a sample taste.
Porkchop: Thick, moist, and tasty. Gravy a little thin.
Catfish: I traded for the porkchop and refused to give it back when asked.
Red Beans and Rice: Beans undercooked.
Mac & Cheese: Ok but very little seasoning
Mashed potatoes: Lumpy and strange seasoning.
Fried Chicken: Same strange seasoning. The chicken was undercooked. So my friend switched to the pork chop.

Needless to say, we won't be going back to Larkins again.
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