Shaquille’s debuted on February 1 at L.A. Live

In a homecoming of sorts, Hall of Fame basketball player and former Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal opened his first LA restaurant last week on February 1. It’s impossible to miss, with giant doors and a prominent purple Shaquille’s sign at Downtown’s L.A. Live project, right next to Staples Center where The Big Diesel helped deliver three NBA championships.

The team describes the restaurant as “Southern hospitality with modern flair.” And while there are fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, mac and cheese, and corn pudding on the menu, most of the entrees are pretty standard fare with pan-roasted salmon, roast Jidori chicken, flat-iron steak, and shrimp ceviche. There are only two burgers on the menu, a Shaq cheeseburger and an actual Kobe burger.

Behind the bar, only Southern California beers are on tap. Modern and classic cocktails are available, with a wine menu that spans across most wine-making regions.

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