Plan Check Review
Plan Check has a few locations and I’ve only been to this one, although I have been here multiple times. Since I worked across the street, I would take my staff here for meetings/lunches AND since we knew how to navigate Sawtelle so well, we never had to wait for a table. I also know how long the wait can be because I could see the line from outside my window, so my first bit of advice is… try to time your visit… if you can.
Whenever you go to a hipster-gastropub/New American joint like this, you have to know that you’ll be paying a lot for small portions. If you’re surprised by that when you arrive, I apologize for your ignorance of the LA food scene. So again, coming here is about managing expectations and being strategic. My staff would fill up on fries so they don’t leave hungry.
I’m in a weird place where I could either give PC three or four stars. I don’t have any issues with the atmosphere or the service. I don’t have any issues with the quality of the food. Besides some overly fat-saturated sweet potato waffle fries and overcooked eggs, everything has been cooked properly and seasoned well.M y issue is… there are better options in the neighborhood. PC’s ketchup is unique, but that’s about it when it comes to the signature burgers. Ohana Burger (which was better as Bachi Burger… yes the food did change) offers more fulfilling flavor profiles on their burgers and they cook their burgers to a proper medium rare, in my experiences. Plus, they’re more filling.
If you want a true gastropub experience, I’ve had better selections at the slightly pricier and more exclusive Flores & Sons, just down Sawtelle a few blocks. The thing is, they do both well at Plan Check, and it’s a place I would return to if I don’t have to wait, but it’s not some revolutionary new spot. As always, stay hungry and fit!