You could say that Roy Choi is a kind-hearted soul. His latest project, LocoL aims to bring better food to neighborhoods that need it most, keep it low-cost and hire people within the community. But his altruism doesn’t stop there. At A-Frame, the chef is practically giving away beer can chicken (and fried chicken and wings) for free. Ok, maybe not free. But it is cheap.
After going more Hawaiian last year, dishes have come and gone at Choi’s Culver City restaurant. More loco moco, musubi, and poke (before poke was cool) made its way to the “ono grindz” menu, and some dishes were gone. Most notably, that crackling beer can chicken went away. Eventually it came back, but only on a happy hour menu. We’re happy to report: The chicken is back, baby. And it’s all you can eat.
Every Sunday night, starting at 5pm, butcher paper covers all the tables, ready for piles of beer can chicken, mochiko chicken (a traditional Hawaiian fried chicken) and sticky wings. There are sides of fries sprinkled with togarashi, corn on the cob, a house salad and Hawaiian rolls. All that for only $23 per person ($13 for kids 12 and under).
“This is Roy’s take on a crab boil or similar,” general manager Yoshi Fujimoto says. “It’s just with chicken instead of crab and sausage. He really wanted to give back. This is him showing love. We didn’t want to gouge anyone. We’ve been around for five years, and this is just us showing customers that we appreciate them.”
When the restaurant re-launched last year, the menu and space went through a total overhaul, and a new chef was brought in to oversee the day-to-day. But a lot has changed since even then: A new chef, new dishes, seasonal samplings. But the vibe remains the same.
“It’s still very Hawaiian-esque,” Fujimoto says. “But a lot has switched over. Roy says this is one of the best menus since we opened. He wants to make sure the feeling of A-Frame is still alive.”
And that means eating finger-licking chicken with your hands, sharing $12 pitchers of beer and not leaving until you can’t muster one more bite. A limited menu is also available on Sunday evenings. AYCE fried chicken night happens from 5-10pm.