P.O.V. Snack Shop
Everyone needs something from the convenient store whether it’s aspirin, soda, or wings.” Located inside of the Mission Market convenience store in the Broadway Arcade Building, P.O.V. provides fresh and high-quality wings, Belgian fries, seasonal salads, and limeades.P.O.V. Snack Shop was created 3 months ago from the company’s original restaurant in Altadena. P.O.V., Pizza of Venice, first began as a catering company in Venice Beach. They relocated to Altadena where they had their kitchen space but quickly saw the demand to open a restaurant. The Downtown location was an opportunity for the company to grow and offer high-quality fast food. The small menu consists of all of the appetizers from their Altadena restaurant. Think of the snack shop as a glimpse of what the restaurant is like. But, what is so special about a wing shop? Everything is made from scratch, from their fries to their sauces. They have unique flavors: Korean, Pineapple BBQ, Mango Habanero, Curry, Buffalo, and their P.O.V. Hot Sauce wings.
Alejandro Quintana, the cook, says the popular flavors are the Korean, Buffalo, and the Mango Habanero. His personal favorite is the Korean. “It’s got a medium heat, sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, fermented chili paste, etc. It’s really tasty,” he says. Their buffalo sauce can only be found in their downtown location also. Although their stand is hidden, their mission is to provide unique, fresh, and high-quality food to their customers. “Don’t judge a book by its cover. We’re in a convenient store but I feel like we are providing high-quality food at a reasonable price,” Quintana says. Quintana cooks the food instantly in front of you with no frozen products. It only takes about 5 minutes to make a dish that will leave you speechless. If you’re not in the mood for wings, you can also have their house salad with their freshly squeezed limeade.
Written by Jessica Flores
Photographed by Caleb Thal