We love a restaurant that has a good sense of self, and Pikunico is just that. An establishment with a purpose, that knows the role it plays in the downtown food scene. Japanese fried chicken makes a solid theme in my book and the many variations (in a sandwich, in a bowl, in a basket, etc) it comes in at Pikunico makes for a solid line up. Maybe it’s the large space, and then indoor-outdoor vibe of the ROW, but it reads as a daytime eatery. Perfect for a breezy lunch, a midday break, a golden hour happy hour, a casual dinner.
The menu is pretty simple. Again, variations on a theme, fried chicken for all. Plus some fun sides and drinks (from yuzu-ade to a selection of beers) that round out what could make a killer picnic spread. Or make any old meal feel like a picnic. It’s simple but well-executed. Playful, sharable. Simultaneously nostalgic and new. In an admittedly sleepy commercial hub that still has yet to truly blossom, Pikunico is an obligatory stop for any trip to the ROW and an easy meal choice if you’re in the Arts District and want (sigh) stress free parking.
Go here for: a casual lunch (preferably outside), a quick meal to go
Order this: can’t really go wrong with anything on the menu, so it kind of depends on the company – a bowl or sandwich is perfect for one, but a family basket with a la carte sides is more fun to share for a group
Amount of time to spend: ~30 min for a quick meal, but probably at least an hour or so to spend at the ROW
When to come: daytime is always better for the ROW
Parking: ample and free in the ROW parking structure
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Last visited: September 2021
Last updated: November 2021