Los Angeles Restaurant News
West Hollywood is home to a location of New York seafood spot Catch. The rooftop space features a retractable roof as well as al fresco dining. Catch, 8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-347-6060.
New York-based burger chain Shake Shack has opened a location in Glendale, across from The Americana at Brand. Shake Shack, 252 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91210, 818-858-1612.
Bestia alums Zach Negin and Daniel Flores have opened wine bar Tabula Rasa on Hollywood Boulevard in East Hollywood. Tabula Rasa Bar, 5125 Hollywood Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Stop by Vinoteca at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for a glass of wine and small plates like crudi, montanara (fried pizza dough) and more. House-made pastries and a jolt of java are served in the morning. Vinoteca, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-860-4000.
Breakfast and lunch spot Steven’s Deli has opened at the edge of downtown LA. Expect a deluxe blue bacon burger and a slew of hot sandwiches ranging from the herb beef cheese steak to Cajun chicken fajita, confit turkey melt and quad grilled cheese. Cold sandwich specials include the classic Italian and veggie delight, and you’ll also find the usual bacony breakfast sammies. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Sat.. Steven’s Deli, 2232 Enterprise St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-236-0776.
Hollywood has a new, charming Mexican spot right off the 101, Mama Chela’s Kitchen. Find fresh, authentic tacos ($1.90) in varieties of pollo, carne asada, al pastor, carnitas and fish alongside burritos, fajitas, sopes and mulitas, as well as breakfast burritos. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., Lunch & Dinner daily.
Figueroa Street in Highland Park welcomes another chic eatery, Café Birdie. This airy neighborhood spot in a classic 1920s building sports marble tables, a long bar, wrought iron and rustic stylings. Chef/partner Joey Booterbaugh (The Hungry Cat) offers a Cal-Med menu with seasonal pastas, salads and other bistro-type fare. There’s a back patio and bar, and expect an elevated cocktail program. Café Birdie, 5631 Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-739-6928.
Chef Akasha Richmond (Akasha) has opened AR Cucina in the former Culver City space of her Indian restaurant Sāmbār. The new concept spotlights rustic, regional Italian cuisine inspired by her travels. AR Cucina, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-558-8800.
We were great admirers of the creative, aesthetically pleasing dishes that chef Jordan Kahn invented at since-shuttered Red Medicine. Now, he's back on the Los Angeles dining scene with Destroyer, serving breakfast and lunch on weekdays. Expect offerings like chicken confit with charred lettuce, hazelnuts, black butter and yuzu. Destroyer, 3578 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
Little Tokyo has landed a new Filipino spot, Pili Manila Grill. Look for barbecue pork and chicken, glass noodles with vegetables, tapa (a popular morning favorite in the Philippines), and Pili spaghetti with a unique banana-flavored base. To drink, there’s cantaloupe and calamansi juice, and for dessert, try the turon --- banana fritters and jackfruit wrapped in a spring roll with caramelized brown sugar. Lunch & Dinner daily. Pili Manila Grill, 201 N. Los Angeles St., Ste. 103, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-533-2001.
Longtime Echo Park fans of Pizza Buona, which was around for more than five decades before being forced out by rising rents, are happy to welcome the restaurant back only blocks away on Alvarado Street. Look for traditional pizza pies with a big variety of toppings, and specialties ranging from the Rustica with shrimp to chicken and goat cheese and spinach feta. Also find salads, subs, wedding soup, and a long menu of pasta classics. Lunch & Dinner daily. Pizza Buona, 922 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-413-0800.
Craft beer and sports bar 33 Taps has morphed out of the former Good Microbrew location on Sunset Boulevard. Brunch fare ranges from a veggie omelet to eggs Benedict and fried chicken and waffle, while lunch and dinner options include fish and chips, filet mignon, an Angus beef burger and maple chipotle wings. As the place is situated in Silver Lake, expect a kale salad, Buffalo cauliflower and hummus. Besides local California craft brews (listed by area code), the beer menu features a selection of ales, ciders and wines. There are plenty of screens for watching the game, and a sidewalk patio, too, for when you're not. 33 Taps, 3725 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-338-7777.
Now soft open on Fairfax Avenue is Pearl's Finest Teas, a hip boba tea shop offering standards like black milk tea and chai, and lush flavors including Chamango, coconut taro slush, orange yuzu, cookies and cream, chrysanthemum buds and watermelon mint. Open daily. Pearl's Finest Teas, 523 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Pata Salada, a new Mexican seafood restaurant, has opened in the former Luna Park space on La Brea. Spanish tile and wood accents frame a long bar that specializes in mezcals, tequilas and craft cocktails. The “marisqueria” features fresh seafood from Kumamoto oysters to giant scallops, Pismo clams and king crab legs. Find a large selection of aguachiles, crudos, ceviches and cocteles; other appetizers include a pigs’ trotter tostada, squash blossom quesadilla and fried smelts. For mains, choose among sea bass, grilled Maine lobster and pork shank carnitas. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Pata Salada, 672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-988-3744.
The health-conscious chain True Food Kitchen has opened a location in Pasadena. The menu offers a selection of shareable appetizers, pizzas, salads and signatures, such as a quinoa burger, tacos and spaghetti squash casserole. True Food Kitchen, 168 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91204, 626-639-6818.
This fall, Fabrizio and Diana Bianconi (Via Veneto) are opening Bianconi in the former Ortolan space. Kris Keith’s Spacecraft Design Group is revamping the restaurant with an Italian-European vintage-industrial look. The bar will sport copper panels, and there will be a private dining room and surrounding library. The venue will also feature a dramatic central fireplace, a handcrafted wood-burning grill and facade doors that open for alfresco dining. The menu will emphasize traditional Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences and focus on wood-fired cooking. Bianconi, 8338 W. Third St., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
Celebrated San Francisco chef Charles Phan is opening an outpost of The Slanted Door in the City Market South in DTLA this November. Expect a sprawling space and a modern, upscale Vietnamese menu similar to the SF flagship, with a raw bar and dishes like Gulf shrimp spring rolls, daikon rice cakes, heirloom melon salad and grilled lemongrass rib-eye steak. The Slanted Door, 1124 San Julian St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Chef Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Mo Chica) is up to bat again, and will open Rosaliné in the former Comme Ca space on Melrose this fall. Expect Peruvian dishes like trout tiradito, Peruvian pork belly, tuna ceviche salad and sweet potato fritters with manchego, jalapeño and stinging nettle.
In the Fashion District in DTLA, Chef Steve Samson (Sotto) will open RossoBlù in December, where he will feature house-made salumi, Neapolitan pizzas, fresh pastas and dishes from the middle regions of Italy. RossoBlù, 1124 San Julian St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Patina Restaurant Group will open the brunch restaurant, Maple, on October 1, 2016, at Descanso Gardens. Chef Mark Salazar’s brunch menu (served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.) includes a beef short rib breakfast burrito, a garden Benedict with baby kale and roasted squash, brioche French toast, fried chicken and beignets, and a maple burger with fries. Winter dinner hours and menu will be announced in the fall. Brunch Sat.-Sun. Maple, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, 818-949-4200.
Serafina has opened in the former Maia space on the Sunset Strip. The Italian concept also has locations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico. Serafina, 8768 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-659-9130.
Square One Dining co-owner John Himelstein, who co-founded the original Gingergrass in Silver Lake, has expanded the Vietnamese vision to Little Tokyo. The second branch of Gingergrass replaced Lazy Ox Canteen. Gingergrass, 241 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
In DTLA, Kachi Bowls and Grill offers Argentinean specialties and healthy bowls (including make-your-own bowls) with options ranging from steak to chimichurri and avocado. Find a variety of empanadas as well as burgers, sandwiches and kale Caesar or ahi Asian salads. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Sat. Kachi Bowls and Grill, 231 E. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-628-3688.
Lao Tao Taiwanese Street Food has opened for lunch in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. Expect authentic dishes ranging from oyster pancakes and beef noodles with marrow, to braised pork belly and twice-fried popcorn chicken. Lao Tao Taiwanese Street Food, Far East Plaza, 727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-372-5318.
Chef Danny Elmaleh (Cleo) has taken over Simon’s Café, his father’s popular Moroccan restaurant in Sherman Oaks; it’s now named Mizlala. Simon Elmaleh still makes the place’s trademark beef and lamb merguez sausage, but his son has updated the Moroccan menu with saffron lemon tagine, octopus and grilled branzino, alongside falafel, lamb and steak kebabs, and seasonal salads. Expect a small wine list featuring some Moroccan wines. Mizlala, 4515 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-783-6698.
San Francisco import Mr Holmes Bakehouse will set up shop in Highland Park. The bakery’s specialty “cruffins” --- chewy-crispy, muffin-shaped, cream-filled, sugar-dusted croissants --- come in such extravagant flavors as piña colada, strawberry milkshake, fluffernutter, creme caramel and coffee-marshmallow. Mr Holmes Bakehouse, 111 S. Avenue 59, Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
Chef/owners Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Playa Provisions, Hudson House, The Tripel) will open Da Kikokiko in Runway Playa Vista. The restaurant will serve Hawaiian street food like Spam musubi. Da Kikokiko, 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista, CA 90094, no phone.
Phillip Frankland Lee will open Woodley Proper, sharing the same complex in Encino as Scratch Bar & Kitchen and Oh Man! Ramen. Woodley Proper, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
Manuela will make its debut in the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel arts complex in downtown Los Angeles. (The restaurant is named after the company's partner and co-president: Manuela Wirth.) Expect "soulful" fare with Southern flair and seasonal ingredients. Manuela, 901 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Chef Ludo Lefebvre, along with partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, will open a second location of Petit Trois in Sherman Oaks. Petit Trois, 13705 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-986-2640.
TBC Hospitality will open Banditos Tacos & Tequila, a sports bar near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum stadium. It will feature lots of TVs, a full liquor selection (emphasizing tequila) and a food truck in the parking lot serving up tacos until the wee hours. Banditos Tacos & Tequila, 900 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90037, no phone.
Chef Marcel Vigneron has introduced Beefsteak next door to Wolf. This concept offers juices and "plant-based cuisine" for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beefsteak, 7661 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-424-7443.
Following up on the January opening of Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina in Santa Monica, the Italian concept has brought a location to West Hollywood. Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina, Sunset Plaza, 8630 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-5983.
Frozen Fruit Co has opened in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue, bringing a new type of soft serve (made solely from fruit) to the frozen dessert scene. The store's four flavors are Alphonso mango and strawberry; raspberry and orange; coconut; and cacao, date, pineapple and passionfruit. Frozen Fruit Co, 729 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 424-744-8860.
Afghani Kabob House has opened in Beverly Hills on Wilshire Boulevard. The restaurant took over the space previously occupied by Persian spot Pistachio Grill. Expect a menu of traditional Afghan dishes, including lamb shank in rice pilaf, stuffed breads, dumplings and beef, lamb and chicken kabobs. There’s also a cucumber mint yogurt drink and desserts like pistachio rosewater pudding or baklava. Afghani Kabob House, 8560 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-854-1020.
Mexican seafood restaurant La Carmencita Oracular Kitchen will open this fall in Hollywood on Highland Avenue. Guests will choose from a range of fresh ceviches, fish tacos and other Mexican seafood specialties. La Carmencita Oracular Kitchen, 1156 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
The Valley’s popular Famous Label’s Delicatessen has reopened at its original site in Tarzana. The eatery will once again serve classic Jewish deli items like hot pastrami, brisket and corned beef on rye, as well as chopped liver and knishes, burgers, salads and all-day breakfast. Famous Label's Delicatessen, 19005 Ventura Blvd ., Tarzana, CA 91356, 818-343-3195.
Los Angeles will get its own location of famed Parisian pastry boutique Ladurée, known for its colorful macrons. This store and restaurant at The Grove will join the global brand’s other United States branches in New York and Miami. Ladurée, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Los Feliz mourned the loss of Mother Dough, but coming soon to the Hollywood Boulevard space is Kismet from Brooklyn chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson (Glasserie, Blue Hill) who are teaming up with fellow chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) for a synergistic, modern Mediterranean concept. Kismet, 4648 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar will open in the former space of eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery in Santa Monica. The menu will offer Sicilian-style pizzas, meatballs, salads and crudo made with local ingredients, as well as a full bar and Cal-Italian wine list. O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, 1705 Ocean Ave., Ste. 111, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
SBE will bring an outpost of Miami Italian restaurant Fi'lia to the new boutique James Hotel, which is set to open in West Hollywood in early 2017. Expect elevated Italian fare from chef Michael Schwartz (Fi'lia Miami, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink), including rustic pizzas, salads and a cocktail program from Zachary Patterson (Melrose Umbrella Co.). Fi’lia, James Hotel, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Pono Burger is now serving its organic, island-inspired burgers on the Sunset Strip. Exclusive to this branch are a selection of pupus (small plates such as teriyaki chicken skewers) and Pau Hana (happy hour) weekdays from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Pono Burger, 8830 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-666-0845.
TBC Hospitality has replaced Bugatta Restaurant & Bar with a playful new concept called Sandbox. Sandbox, 7174 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-964-9494.
Lost at Sea is Old Pasadena’s newest neighborhood seafood spot, courtesy of restaurateurs Santos Uy (Mignon, Papilles) and executive chef Tim Carey (Papilles). Carey turns out dishes with California ingredients imbued with French technique; look for high-end oysters; amberjack with tomatillo aguachile; snapper with shelling and wax beans, shimeji, tarragon fumet; and butterscotch pot de crème. Lost at Sea, 57 E. Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103, 323-553-0563.
In Sherman Oaks, chef Andre Guerrero (The Oinkster, Maximiliano) will open Ramen Room this fall on Ventura Boulevard, in his former Marché space. Expect a menu of ramen and Filipino specialties, with draft beers, wines and sakes. Ramen Room, 13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, no phone.
West Hollywood’s Rock and Reilly's Irish pub is opening a sister location in DTLA in the former FOH Mexican Restaurant. Don’t expect any more authentic Irish fare than the original spot’s Irish nachos, corned beef sliders, and tater tots, along with burgers, salads and a slew of bar food. To drink there will be whiskey flights, beer floats, assorted cocktails, and rotating draught taps. Look for an August opening. Rock and Reilly's, 615 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
Partners Beau Laughlin, Brett Cranston and Jay Milliken (Sawyer) have opened another concept on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. A 3,000-square-foot space that originally housed California Bank, Kettle Black boasts an original vault from when the venue was first built in 1922. Other focal points here include 17-foot ceilings, original tile and wood truss beams. Executive chef Sydney C. Hunter III (Café Pinot) heads up the kitchen, offering a rustic Italian menu with a variety of antipasti, plus dishes like orata crudo with sea bream, tangerine vinaigrette, pink peppercorns and malden salt; wood-oven pizza with crème fraiche, Yukon potato, broccolini and a sunny side-up egg; house-made gnocchi with braised lamb, sun-dried tomato and baby zucchini; and siciliano with sponge cake, candied pecans and smoked meringue. Dinner nightly. Kettle Black, 3705 W. Sunset Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-641-3705.
Here’s Looking at You, helmed by chef Jonathan Whitener (Animal), has opened in Koreatown. Whitener is offering a progressive menu with items such as sturgeon with aged rice porridge, chicken skin, caviar, buttermilk and seagrass; beef tartare with red chili, ramps, yolk, turnip and cress; and bubblegum ice cream with lychee and botanicals. Cocktails feature ingredients like pickled strawberry and beet-infused vodka, while the boutique wine list leans local or French. Dinner Wed.-Mon.
Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Steak & Whisky, etc.) has opened Suburbia in Redondo Beach. The menu of New American fare features options like poke, street corn "off the cob," fried chicken, spicy spaghetti and abura style ("soupless") ramen. Suburbia, 247 Avenida Del Norte, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, 424-398-0237.
Grill Concepts, Inc., the company behind hits like The Grill on the Alley and Public School, has opened seafood-focused Laurel Point. The Studio City space occupies a prime address on the second floor of Laurel Promenade --- it was home to the Daily Grill for more than two decades. Expect sushi, oysters and cocktails with fresh juices. Laurel Point, 12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-769-6336.
Chef Zach Pollack (Alimento) will open Cosa Buona in Echo Park. Expect Italian-American fare like eggplant Parmesan. Cosa Buona, 2100 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
In Echo Park, the new street level café is serving locally roasted coffees and offers curbside pick-up --- ideal for anyone passing by on their morning commute. There are breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. In the morning, bagels and lox, white chocolate French toast and omelets reign. Later in the day, choose from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches like a BrieLT, seasonal salads, wraps and “patortas” –-- a panini/torta mash-up. Desserts include brownies, pies and puddings. street level café, 1166 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-413-2233.
The space in Silver Lake formerly occupied by Koda is now under new ownership and has reopened as Kombu Sushi. There's a solid sushi menu plus udon and soba. Izkaya small plates range from agedashi tofu and dynamite mussels to tempura soft shell crab and miso-glazed black cod. Drinks include sake and Japanese beers. Consider sitting on the patio.
Downtown denizens are flocking to BrunchDTLA, a new and inexpensive food court stall serving up global breakfast, brunch and lunch items. Diners will find a bibimbap burrito, a kale corn burger and cauliflower stir-fry on the menu, as well as an Indian spiced chicken sandwich with mango chutney and a steak-and-eggs hash bowl. Fresh squeezed juices and cold brew coffee round out a meal. Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch daily. BrunchDTLA, Santee Court, 718 S. Los Angeles St., Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-944-8326.
Open since May 2016, Origin Café on Pico Boulevard offers breakfast, lunch and brunch with a stylish backdrop. The global (and kosher) menu, which utilizes seasonal, organic products, features the likes of shakshuka with preserved lemon and a sous-vide egg; lox Benedict with horseradish hollandaise; Moroccan-spiced salmon tacos; seared halibut with pineapple cucumber mint tzatziki; and roasted pumpkin with lime and green curry butter. Diners will also find high-end coffees and teas and sweets, including a brown butter bread pudding with date whipped cream. Origin Café, 8532 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 424-288-4682.
Hospitality group Knitting Factory Entertainment and the founders of Big Wangs and Tipsy Cow opened restaurant/bar El Tejano on July 26, 2016, in the NoHo Arts District. Expect an extensive Tex-Mex menu with an emphasis on specialty tacos and a range of salsas, along with favorites like Frito Pie, queso and chilis. There’s a large list of craft imported brews and domestic beer, as well as a vast selection of tequilas, mezcals and specialty margaritas. El Tejano, 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-985-8787.
In fall 2016, executive chef D. Brandon Walker and chef Jill Davie (Josie) will open neighborhood restaurant The Mar Vista. Walker --- who also serves as the executive chef of Bread and Roses Café, which feeds 750 homeless weekly --- will implement a 360° philanthropic business model, donating excess food to Bread and Roses Café and affording externship opportunities for students of the culinary training program he helms at St. Joseph’s Center. The Mar Vista will serve a menu of “progressive Los Angeles cuisine,” including dishes like lau lau with braised beef cheeks, white fish, smoked yucca, steamed collards and au jus. The Mar Vista, 12249 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 424-259-3093.
Pico and Crenshaw is now home to the first LA location of Southern favorite Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, specializing in spicy, Memphis-style birds. Order pieces al la carte or as a plated meal. Starters and sides include fried pickles, fried okra, baked beans, mac 'n' cheese, collard greens and cole slaw. There’s soda and beer to drink and pie for dessert --- pecan, chess or sweet potato. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, 1262 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018, 323-402-0232.
Pastry chef Lincoln Carson (Superba Food + Bread) is creating traditional and gourmet versions of New Orleans’ famed doughnut, the beignet, at the new Beverly Hills Beignet. Expect classic powdered sugar treats alongside edgier versions made with pink Himalayan sea salt and caramel; dark chocolate with cayenne; Nueske bacon with maple bourbon honey dipping sauce; and roasted artichoke with lemon aioli. There’s French press coffee by the pot and lemonade to drink. Beverly Hills Beignet, 9527 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-926-5873.
At Magpies Softserve in Silver Lake, Chef Warren Schwartz (Patina, Westside Tavern) is whipping up handmade, gourmet ice cream in flavors like yuzu honey, green tea brown rice, and malted milk chocolate. Topping options include chocolate covered honeycomb and toasted maple coconut chips. Cold-brewed coffee floats are on offer, too. Magpies Softserve, 2660 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-486-7094.
Owners Philip Moses (Bestia, Ray's & Stark Bar) and Christopher Chi (Bestia, Blue Hill at Stone Barns) have launched their new gourmet food truck, Pico House. Find four grain bowls including Robertson Short Rib with beef bacon, pasilla puree, broccoli, swiss chard, radicchio, tomato chutney, and crispy shallots; Crenshaw Meatballs with pork & chicken meatball, coconut curry, garbanzo beans, jicama slaw, and honey roasted peanuts; Grandma’s Pork with gochujang braised pork shoulder, chrysanthemum purée, garlic confit, green kale, and sesame vinaigrette; and Union Lamb with harissa roasted lamb shoulder, carrot puree, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, mint, and goat cheese.
Dave Woodall (Melisse, Blair’s) and wife Alexis Martin Woodall will open a stylish two-story restaurant, Red Herring, in Eagle Rock later this summer. Expect an American menu of small and large plates, plus wine and cocktails. Red Herring, 1661 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, no phone.
Chef/owner Jonathan Yao (Coi, Alma) has opened Kato on Santa Monica Boulevard in West L.A., offering a refined selection of Japanese/Taiwanese dishes. Look for a five-course tasting menu with the likes of smoked hamachi with charred scallion and cucumber; beef tartare with garum, black garlic, kombu and yolk jam; and buttermilk pudding topped with guava ice. Dinner nightly. Kato, 11925 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 424-535-3041.
71Above has opened on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. Chef Vartan Abgaryan departed Cliff's Edge to helm the restaurant. 71Above, 633 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-712-2683.
Pono Burger has brought its organic, island-inspired burgers to Venice. Exclusive to this location is a quinoa burger featuring a house-made quinoa patty, tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, coleslaw and chef Makani's signature crunch made from house-made Russet potato chips. Pono Burger, The Frank, 512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-392-6200.
Butcher shop and restaurant Gwen, the project from chef Curtis Stone (Maude) and brother Luke Stone, has opened. The restaurant accepts reservations via Tock's website. Gwen, 6600 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-946-7500.
Chef Evan Funke (Bucato) will open Felix in the former Joe’s Restaurant space in Venice on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Expect exceptional house-made pastas, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and other seasonal Italian specialties. Felix, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
The NoMad Coming to Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles will be home to The NoMad, helmed by Eleven Madison Park chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. The hotel and restaurant concept started in New York and is also expanding to Las Vegas. Get a taste of what's to come at the NoMad Truck, which will debut in October at the Desert Trip music festival in Indio, then park itself at The Line Los Angeles hotel in Koreatown starting October 20, 2016. The NoMad Los Angeles, Giannini Place, 649 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Clifton's Cafeteria Debut's New Tiki Bar
In DTLA Clifton’s Cafeteria is opening a tiki bar called Pacific Seas, expected some time in October. From Tues.-Sat., look for swank, updated tiki drinks and a Polynesian menu from chef Andrew Pastore featuring crab cakes, crispy red snapper and bluefin tuna with pineapple and watermelon. Clifton's, 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-627-1673.
Movin' On Up! Doma Kitchen to Relocate
Doma Kitchen, a charming bistro in Manhattan Beach offering Eastern European comfort food, will relocate to the Marina Marketplace in Marina del Rey. In the larger space, the restaurant plans to present exclusive dinners with chef Kristina Miksyte, as well as offer the opportunity to host private parties. Doma Kitchen, Manhattan Village, 3562 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-647-3157.
Baltaire Debuts New Casual Lunch Menu
Baltaire has updated their lunch menu with a more casual, approachable setting and new selections, along with mocktails. Executive chef Travis Strickland’s newly debuted lunch dishes include grilled Hawaiian albacore, tuna conserva sandwich on sourdough with Hook’s cheddar, and smoked salmon avocado toast. Baltaire’s new mocktails include blackberry lemonade with blackberries, fresh lemon and club soda. Baltaire, 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 424-273-1660 .
Ledlow Splits into Two Restaurants
Josef Centeno (Baco Mercat, Bar Ama) is dividing his downtown spot Ledlow into two concepts. Ledlow proper, though downsized, will refocus on whiskey and haute bar food; the other half, P. Y. T., will offer mostly vegetarian options. Light breakfast service will continue. Ledlow, 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-687-7015.
Odys & Penelope Launches Weekend Brunch
Quinn and Karen Hatfield’s Odys & Penelope is now offering weekend brunch. Look for grilled focaccia avocado toast; summer chops with peach, lemon cucumber, feta and mizuna; yeast-raised buckwheat Belgian waﬄes with chocolate chips; a ham-and-chese baked omelet; and warm skillet buns with maple brown-butter glaze. Odys & Penelope, 127 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-939-1033.
Terrine Debuts New Brunch Menu and Rosé All Day
At Terrine, chef Kris Morningstar is set to debut a new brunch menu August 13, 2016. Look for the Terrine burger benedict with brioche, watercress red onion confit, Comté cheese, a sunny egg and béarnaise; a smoked trout potato cake with frisée salad, horseradish crème fraiche, a sunny egg and trout roe; and a warm vegetarian grain bowl. The new brunch also introduces their “Rosé All Day,” a deal that offers guests a bottomless glass of Pichard & Jourdan Chinon Rosé for $20. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
The Cannibal Launches Weekend Brunch
The Cannibal Beer & Butcher in Culver City has launched a new weekend brunch menu, available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Highlights include a "German Breakfast" charcuterie board, the "Cannibal Benedict" (crumpet, beef tartare, poached egg, béarnaise), Easter pie (a traditional Italian dish with meat and cheese in a pastry crust) and a green bloody Mary with fire roasted tomatillo. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher, Platform, 8850 Washington Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-838-2783.
When downtown's Figueroa Hotel re-opens after renovations, it will feature two restaurants overseen by chef Casey Lane. Figueroa Hotel, 939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-627-8971, 800-421-9092.
Chef Miles Thompson, formerly of Allumette, is now overseeing the kitchen at Michael's in Santa Monica. Michael's, 1147 Third St., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-451-0843.
DOMA executive chef Dustin Trani, one of GAYOT's 2013 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S., has moved on from the Beverly Hills restaurant. He says there will be "big news on the horizon" regarding his next move, so stay tuned! DOMA, 362 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-277-7346.
Former chef at Little Sparrow, Eric Sanmaniego, is now the chef de cuisine at Michael’s on Naples Ristorante. Michael's on Naples Ristorante, 5620 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803, 562-439-7080.
Former Alma duo Ari Taymor and Ashleigh Parsons are taking over the kitchen at The Standard Hollywood following a harmonious residency there. Look for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus "inspired by the landscape and terroir of Southern California." Many fans hope that popular Alma dishes will reappear here, such as Taymor's seaweed and tofu beignets topped with yuzu koshu and lime; frozen foie gras with smoked maple, coffee granola and carrots; and Jidori chicken with chanterelle, apricot and vadouvan. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily. The Standard Hollywood, 8300 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-650-9090.
Executive chef Teresa Montaño has left Pasadena’s Ración to open a new L.A. restaurant in 2017. Her sous chef Shane Alvord is the new chef de cuisine. Racion, 119 W. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-396-3090.
Chaya Venice is temporarily closed for renovations. Chaya Venice, 110 Navy St., Venice, CA 90291, 310-396-1179.
Mud Hen Tavern, a gastropub concept from Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger, will shutter in October 2016. Mud Hen Tavern, 742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-203-0500.
The Silver Lake location of Intelligentsia is temporarily closed for renovations. Intelligentsia, Sunset Junction, 3922 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-663-6173.
Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, formerly Food Network's “Too Hot Tamales,” will close the original Santa Monica location of their Border Grill restaurant after more than two decades of business. The shutter will occur in mid-October 2016. The duo plan to open a new concept in Santa Monica. Border Grill, 1445 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-451-1655.
The folks behind Peruvian favorite Los Balcones in Hollywood have closed Chavela Comida y Sangria, the vegan restaurant next door. Chavela Comida y Sangria, 1358 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
Your days to enjoy a beachside meal at Gladstone's may be numbered. Its agreement with the County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors is reportedly scheduled to end in October 2017. Gladstone's, 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, 310-454-3474.
Craft beer bar Barrel Down in downtown Los Angeles closed on August 28, 2016. It has been replaced by Brack Shop Tavern, a new concept from Last Word Hospitality. Barrel Down, 525 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
In Westwood, the popular Glendon Bar & Kitchen has closed. Glendon Bar & Kitchen, 1071 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, no phone.
Din Tai Fung’s historic first U.S. location in Arcadia is temporarily closed for renovations. Taiwanese dumpling lovers can head to the Din Tai Fung that opened at the Westfield Santa Anita mall a few blocks away. There are also plenty of seats available at the newish location of Din Tai Fung at The Americana at Brand in Glendale. Din Tai Fung, 1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007, no phone.
The Culver City location of the healthful LYFE Kitchen has closed. Fans of the chain can visit the the Playa Vista store, which remains open. LYFE Kitchen, 9540 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
Chef Alain Giraud's Maison Giraud closed on July 10, 2016, due to construction on the Palisades Village project. Maison Giraud, 1032 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, no phone.
Santa Monica's eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery has closed. eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery, 1705 Ocean Ave., Ste. 111, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Haute cocktail bar The Fiscal Agent, upstairs from Studio City’s Barrel & Ashes, has closed. Plans to expand the barbecue restaurant into the space are already in the works. The Fiscal Agent, 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
Phillip Frankland Lee’s popular Studio City restaurant The Gadarene Swine closed July 2, 2016 due to a partnership dispute. Lee hopes to open another plant-based restaurant in the future, but fans can still find some of his signature vegetarian dishes at Scratch Bar & Kitchen in Encino. The Gadarene Swine, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
Picnic LA, an upscale cafeteria-style spot in Culver City, has shuttered. Picnic LA, 9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323, no phone.
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