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First Look: Roadside Eats Offers Chef-Driven Southern Food in Hollywood

[Photographs: Farley Elliott]

Now open in Hollywood, Roadside Eats is the third collaboration between Rush Street and City Tavern owners Ken Kaufman and Brian McKeaney. The pair is also continuing their work with chef Dave Northrup, who has previously been in charge of the day-to-day kitchen operations for the team's other restaurants.

With Roadside Eats, the trio brings a Southern-inspired barbecue menu to Hollywood. Their new fast-casual space is decorated with white tile walls, a hanging menu board above the open kitchen, and small cold case for sides and a small patio out front.

"We'd been talking about this for a while," said chef Northrup of the decision to open up a new concept in Hollywood. "We wanted to break out from Culver City, and this seemed like a great opportunity to do just that."

As for the menu? That's also something Northrup, Kaufman and McKeaney have been wanting to play around with. "I think Southern food is definitely on the rise nowadays," continues Northrup, "and barbecue in general is getting more popular." Dishes include a Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich ($6.50 for regular, $8 for king-size), a Low and Slow Brisket Sandwich (regular $7, king $8.50) and an array of sides, Fried Dessert Pies ($3) and Sweet Tea ($2.25).

"This is my take on Southern classics," says Northrup from inside the open kitchen. "I tried to stay true to the cuisine, but at the same time it's chef-driven, and we're putting our own spin on things."

Click through for a slideshow of what to expect at Roadside Eats.

About the author: Farley Elliott is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. He writes about Mexican food for Serious Eats and strip mall food for LA Weekly.

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