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The Cannibal, LA
The Cannibal, LA
Wonho Frank Lee

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Feast at This Culver City Shrine to Butchered Meat

A veritable paradise of meat and beer

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Right in the heart of Culver City's coolest new development, The Cannibal opens along Washington Blvd with what might be the most compelling place for meat-oriented dining in Los Angeles. The New York City-based concept opens tonight under the direction of co-owners Christian Pappanicholas and Cory Lane (along with executive chef Francis Derby), who translated the beer and butcher combo for the LA dining scene.

While the butcher and sandwich shop has been open for a few weeks now, the main dining room now seats over 120 people and offers a tight menu of market-driven vegetables, house-cured charcuterie, and epic plates of butchered meat. Highlights include chicken parm sausage with tomato conversa, spring lamb with peas and vadouvan jus, and a massive General Tso's pig's head that Eater New York documented here.

Beer fiends will relish the massive fridges full of choice finds from around the world while a state-of-the-art flux capacitor allows beer director Julian Kurland to adjust each draft line according to the brew.

The design comes via Studio MAI (Gjelina, Hinoki & The Bird), which brings a semi-industrial, but warm feel that packs tables into a triangular space. The kitchen isn't fully open, but the energy certainly feeds into the dining room. As for the moniker, don't let that shy you away. The Cannibal is named after legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx, so the restaurant will be sure to provide bike-friendly amenities like a free second beer for those in their riding gear (or "kit"), as well as bike valet parking. Open daily from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., with an 11 p.m. weekend closure.

The Cannibal 8850 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 310-838-2783. Reservations via Resy.

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The Cannibal Dinner Menu

The Cannibal

8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (310) 838-2783
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