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Willie Jane

1031 Abbott Kinney Blvd. (Venice Blvd.) Send to Phone
Chef Govind Armstrong presents an approachable and well-executed take on Southern cuisine.
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Willie Jane Restaurant Review

: A new lady has taken up residence on Abbott Kinney in the former home of Lilly's French Cafe & Bar. Willie Jane takes its name from the Georgia-born aunt of restaurateur Brad Johnson, who opened the Venice restaurant with his fellow Post & Beam partner Govind Armstrong. (Chef Armstrong is also known for his previous projects 8 oz. Burger Bar, Table 8 and Chadwick.) There are round tables at the front of the space, then a few steps that lead up to a communal table flanked by the bar. Beyond that there is booth seating, followed by two covered patios on different levels. Dining al fresco affords a view of "The Chef's Garden," which supplies fresh ingredients for Armstrong's approachable and well-executed take on Southern cuisine. Start off with buttermilk biscuits or share a rack of moist, cherry wood-smoked ribs. We were particularly impressed by the pan-roasted salmon with English pea ragout and smoked ham hock, but you can't go wrong with the sweet tea-brined pork chop or grilled hanger steak with fingerlings, baby carrots and mustard hollandaise. Fried chicken lovers will be delighted by the rendition served up here. This is the kind of place where you'll want to come back and work your way through the menu. However, desserts, like the strawberry shortcake and chocolate peanut butter pudding with devil's food cake, don't quite live up to the quality of the rest of the meal. The short wine list is augmented by a selection of classic and signature cocktails, including the Coal Miner's Daughter made with Bourbon, macerated ginger, lavender honey and lemon juice.

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