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Monday 12 September 2022

The Fox and Hounds

Ventura Blvd. facade

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๐Ÿ“ 11100 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, San Fernando Valley
๐Ÿ…ฟ️ Street Parking
๐Ÿฅค Full Bar

If you did not have the context of Ventura Blvd. on each side, the palm trees above, and the crystal blue sky, this corner pub in Studio City could be mistaken for the local watering hole of any small town in England. Throughout Great Britain, the flag of which is used here instead of the exclusivity of England's, the local pub is more than just a place to drink. In smaller towns and villages, it may be the only place with a kitchen for diners to go out.

Even in bigger towns the pub is the place to go to eat, and the kitchen here is open early and late to give you this feeling. The Fox and Hounds is part of a group of reliable pubs around town that can be way stations for people who are doing freelance work and traveling all around for jobs. It has all the important European football matches on and when breaks between jobs correspond to lunchtime and possibly Champions League, life is good.

Champions League burger

The list of burgers available are all named for leagues in England, Scotland, and Wales. The cream of the crop is of course that Champions League burger ($14, above) which gets you bacon (the choice of Irish or American), a fried egg, and cheddar. While a burger might not seem like British bar food, please try and find a pub on the island that does not have one on their menu.

By chance a recent visit here for this burger and some football between jobs was on the day a famous imperialist died, so the Manchester United fans in attendance to watch their Europa League match had to compete for TVs with those tuned into the BBC's uninterrupted coverage. Even as someone that has no sympathy except for the many victims of the crown, it was interesting to see English people coming into the bar specifically to commiserate over fish and chips and mushy peas just to feel a bit closer to home.

Full English breakfast

As a local TV station took some B-roll of a group in their England jerseys for the evening's newscast, some of those English customers could be overheard asking the bartender if the beans they had were proper English beans. "Yeah, Heinz" was the answer, and the order went forward. These "English" beans are the central focus of what may be the most delicious order here: The Full Monty ($16, above). This is a proper English breakfast, which also has two bangers, two Irish bacon rashers, two eggs, a grilled tomato wedge, sauteed mushrooms, and toast. A bottle of HP sauce should be somewhere close.

You can also get a half Monty for $12 if desired, and other samplings from Great Britain that include a Scottish egg, a Cornish pasty from the far southwest of England, and a chicken curry pie which shows the cultural absorption that is built into the food these days. Even if you come here without an appetite, the draft beer selection makes you feel the British-ness, with proper pints of bitter ales and a decent pour of Guinness. You can even get a cider over ice without getting a weird look. Cheers!

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