Los Angeles Restaurant News
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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
Baja-inspired Mexican cuisine is served up at solita Tacos & Margaritas, now open in the Westfield Valencia Town Center. The menu offers tacos, burritos and enchiladas along with specialties like wood-grilled wild fish served with lime butter and avocado salad. solita Tacos & Margaritas, Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Ste. 3470, Valencia, CA 91355, 661-291-1399.
Ruth's Chris Steak House has opened a location in Marina del Rey. Special additions to the menu at this branch include a chilled seafood tower (Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, colossal lump blue crab) and bone-in filet, bone-in New York strip and Tomahawk rib-eye steaks. Ruth's Chris Steak House, Marina Marketplace, 13455 Maxella Ave., #230, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, 310-821-4593.
The newest sibling in the Superba family, Superba Snacks + Coffee will open its doors to Pasadenans in February 2015. Seeking to emulate the ambiance of an intimate neighborhood coffee shop, it will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in-between. The menu will feature an array of breads, pastries and sandwiches, all made by Superba Food + Bread, and coffee from Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters. Under the guidance of Paul Hibler, owner and creator of Pitfire Artisan Pizza, Superba Snack Bar, East Borough and Superba Food + Bread, it will be located next door to the Pitfire Artisan Pizza. Superba Snacks + Coffee, 712 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, CA 91105, no phone.
Pitfire Artisan Pizza will bring its wood-fired offerings to Pasadena in early December, when it opens its eighth restaurant. Located Old Town-adjacent in the former Sizzler location on Arroyo Parkway, Pitfire is the brainchild of owner Paul Hibler, of Superba renown. Indoor and outdoor seating will be available, the indoor focus being Pitfire’s signature wood-fired kiln. While pizzas will take center stage, including one made with house-made burrata, menu options will feature spaghetti with chicken meatballs and a variety of handmade salads. The full bar will be stocked with an array of wine and beer, in addition to cocktails, both classic and seasonal. There will be ample space for group gatherings, children’s birthday celebrations and pizza-making parties. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Pitfire Artisan Pizza, 730 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, CA 91105, no phone.
Chef Michael Fiorelli, most recently of mar'sel, is partnering with Cafe Pierre owners Guy Gabriele and his daughter, Sylvie, on a new Italian-inspired restaurant called Love & Salt. It will open November 25, 2014, in the former space of Cafe Pierre, which closed in April 2014, after being in business for more than 30 years. Love & Salt, 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-545-5252.
A new project from Stephane Bombet (Faith & Flower, Picca), Terrine will feature the cuisine of chef Kris Morningstar (formerly of Ray’s & Stark Bar). The restaurant, which is located in the former Sirena space, is scheduled for a Winter 2014 opening. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
Long Beach’s Belmont Shore welcomes a new location of Creamistry, known for its made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream in 50-plus flavors, ranging from butter pecan and black sesame to passionfruit, lychee and salted caramel. Also, find waffle bowls, shakes and plenty of tempting toppings. Lunch & Dinner Daily. Creamistry, 4725 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803, 562-434-8044.
Santa Monica’s new casual spot Kye's serves up super-food wraps (dubbed “Kyeritos” by owner Jeanne Cheng). Smoked salmon and quinoa are on the breakfast menu, while bulgogi with Asian veggies is available for lunch or dinner. Drinks include garden-fresh mocktails, smoothies and shakes. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Kye's, 1518 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-395-5937.
On Beverly Boulevard, chefs Jet Tila (The Charleston) and Chris Barnett (Four Seasons in Beverly Hills) have opened the 4,000-square foot Stir Market, a “neighborhood food hall for Los Angeles.” Mixing epicurean retail spaces --- artisan bakery, espresso bar, gourmet marketplace --- with a wine bar and expo kitchen, you can shop, dine and sip under one roof. Breakfast offers dishes like Moroccan baked eggs with merguez sausage, while dinner features crispy porchetta with herbs. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Stir Market, 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 310-600-2732.
Sweetfin Poké will debut its Hawaiian raw fish bowls in December 2014, at the corner of Eighth and Broadway in Santa Monica. The menu, created by chef Dakota Weiss, will feature “designer bowls” of the beloved Hawaiian seafood dish including classic tuna, kale snapper, spicy yuzu salmon and mango opah. You can also build your own bowl. Find sides like taro chips and house-infused teas with dragon fruit and lemongrass. Sweetfin Poké, 829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Alberto and Elaine Morello will open Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria at Shoppes at Westlake Village in Winter 2015. These will be sister locations to the original Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria in Santa Barbara, where Alberto and Elaine Morello also operate Olio Crudo Bar. Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria, Shoppes at Westlake Village, 30770 Russell Ranch Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91362. For more information, visit oliocucina.com
Restaurateur Bill Chait has collaborated with chefs Timothy Hollingsworth (The French Laundry) and Rory Hermann (Bouchon), as well as mixologist Julian Cox, to open Barrel & Ashes, an haute barbecue spot, in Studio City. Smoked meats include pulled pork from Salmon Creek Farms, brisket from Double R Ranch, and smoked sausage from Electric City butchers. There’s a smoked beef tongue Reuben, as well as “snacks” like smoked beets with pistachio and sorrel, grilled blue prawns and frito pie. Dinner nightly. Barrel & Ashes, 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-623-8883.
Chef Josef Centeno (Baco Mercat, Orsa & Winston) has reopened Pete’s Café as Pete’s in DTLA’s Old Bank District, on the corner of Fourth and Main. Centeno’s new menu was inspired by classics --- expect beef tartare, crab cakes, spicy bone-in lamb, duck leg confit and moules frites. To drink, there are craft cocktails and a select French/Cal wine list. Pete's, 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-687-7015.
Nick's Manhattan Beach has opened in the former Chez Soi space. The restaurant offers a menu of classic American fare. Nick's also has locations in Laguna Beach, San Clemente and Long Beach. Nick's Manhattan Beach, Metlox Plaza, 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-545-7373.
Silver Lake’s self-proclaimed “New Age burger stand,” Haché LA, features beef patties made to order from USDA Angus Sirloin that’s ground fresh all day. Fries made from organic American potatoes are triple-fried, and frozen custard is made to order with liquid nitrogen. To drink, there’s fresh strawberry basil lemonade, craft beers and wine. Lunch & Dinner daily. Haché LA, 3319 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-928-2963.
Christine Moore (Little Flower Candy Co.) has opened Lincoln in Pasadena. The large, airy former 1920s machine shop dishes up locally sourced pastry and baked goods, Stumptown coffee, as well as breakfast and lunch dishes. Expect huevos rancheros and house-made gravlax, salads, duck confit, charcuterie and steak. A beer and wine license is expected in a couple months, when the restaurant will open for dinner. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Lincoln, 1992 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103, 626-765-6746.
Vietnamese eatery Banh Mí has opened in Venice at Rose and Lincoln. Expect a hipster vibe and traditional and updated Vietnamese baguette sandwiches, filled with everything from caramelized pork belly and pâté, to short rib, turmeric chicken braised in makrut lime leaves, chili-roasted tofu, and even breakfast versions with fried egg or coddled egg on spinach. Lunch & Dinner daily. Banh Mí, 307 Lincoln Blvd.
, Venice, CA 90291, 310-429-1959.
A new Pasadena craft cocktail establishment Magnolia House, has opened in a 1912 craftsman bungalow on South Lake Avenue. The cocktail program was developed by mixologist Evan Zimmerman (Portland’s The Woodsman), and executive chef Kyu Yi creates a small plate menu and eclectic bar bites. Expect cocktails like the Copper Heart (pisco, grapefruit liqueur, lemon juice, cinnamon) and the Night Cap (coffee bean Cynar, Dolin Blanc, fig bitters). Dishes range from roasted beets with burrata to ahi sashimi, shrimp toast, and apple cinnamon bread pudding. Dinner nightly. Magnolia House, 492 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-584-1126.
A menu of wood-fire grilled and roasted fare arrived November 1, 2014, with the opening of Cadet. Kris Tominaga (The Hart & the Hunter), is behind this homage to rural French dining. Tartines run the gamut from a light combo of delicata squash with pecans and baby kale to the richness of beef tartare with marrow butter, Roquefort, smoked oil and chive. Other offerings from Cadet’s centerpiece wood-fired grill include pork collar, rib eye steak and an array of seafood, served in a cozy setting with both indoor and outdoor seating. The bar features an extensive selection of wine, beer and craft cocktails. Open daily for dinner. Cadet, 2518 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-828-3300.
Oyster chef extraordinaire Christophe Happillon has opened The Oyster Gourmet at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Expect oysters paired with wines, and also mussels, scallops, clams and sea urchin. The Oyster Gourmet, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-624-2378.
Modern American supper club Ocean Prime has opened its 11th location, at the apex of Wilshire Boulevard, Dayton Way and Camden Drive in Beverly Hills. The menu features signature items including ahi tuna tartare, Oscar-style filet mignon and Chilean sea bass, alongside hand-rolled sushi. Spanning 11,400 square feet, including a sprawling terrace, the space seats 350 guests and features three private dining rooms. The lounge and bar offer craft cocktails and higher-end wines. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Ocean Prime, 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-859-4818.
Ice-Cream Lab opened a second location in Pasadena. This molecular ice cream shop, which started in Beverly Hills, presents made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream containing organic, kosher and locally sourced ingredients. Ice-Cream Lab, 16 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-808-4874.
In the former India's Oven space, Cardamom presents a menu of contemporary Indian cuisine with dishes representing every region of the country. Cardamom, 7233 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-936-1000.
Blu Jam Café has opened its third outpost in Woodland Hills. The Melrose flagship is known for its popular all-day breakfasts and brunches, vegan and vegetarian specials, and long waits on weekends. Expect the same menu, which features a long list of pancakes, French toast, eggs, generous salads, sandwiches, burgers and house-roasted coffee. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Blu Jam Café, 23311 Mulholland Dr., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-222-1044.
Tender Greens is now open in DTLA in the PacMutual Building, adjacent to Pershing Square. The 1,000-square-foot restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining in a restored historic courtyard that was originally created in 1921. This will be the first location to feature a pick-up window for to-go orders, catering and grab-and-go specials. Executive chef Adolfo Nicasio (Fraiche, Angelini Osteria) incorporates Italian and American influences in the restaurant’s trademark local, sustainable fare and daily specials. Dishes include heirloom gazpacho, a prosciutto sandwich, and a falafel salad with little gem lettuce and yogurt dressing. Beverages feature housemade agua frescas, Stumptown Coffee, boutique wines and craft beer. Lunch & Dinner daily. Tender Greens, PacMutual Building, 523 West Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-873-1890.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar has opened its third location in the Wilshire corridor of downtown’s City West district. Executive chef Ernesto Uchimura’s gastropub menu includes signature dishes like the Plan Check burger and and fried chicken, but also includes new items that pay homage to nearby Koreatown and East L.A., with a K-BBQ Burger (Gruyére cheese with kimchi, grilled pork belly, fried onions and sprouting onion.) There’s also a large happy hour menu (available from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.) with discounted drinks and new menu items like baked oysters Rockefeller, bacon and pimento grilled cheese, fries with schmaltz onions, and chicken wings. The bar program includes 12 craft beers, a curated wine list, seasonal cocktails, and an extensive list of bourbons, Japanese whiskies and single malts. Lunch & Dinner daily. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, 1111 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-403-1616.
Mercado has opened a third location. The contemporary Mexican menu features tamales, slow-cooked carnitas and jumbo scallops crusted with pumpkin seeds, along with specials unique to this outpost. Mercado, 3413 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles, CA 90068, 323-512-2500.
After shuttering BierBeisl in Beverly Hills, chef Bernhard Mairinger will open BierBeisl Imbiss in the Spring Arcade Building in downtown Los Angeles. The concept will be modern Austrian street food. BierBeisl Imbiss, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, No phone.
Bowery Bungalow, the latest restaurant from George Abou-Daoud (The Bowery, Delancey, etc.), features farm-to-table cuisine inspired by the flavors of the Middle East. Bowery Bungalow, 4156 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-663-1500.
In Malibu Tra Di Noi owner Antonio Alessi has opened an Italian countryside eatery, Mangia, serving wood-fired pizzas, casual Italian fare, wine and cocktails. Mangia, 30745 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265, 310-457-4500.
Restaurateur Jonathan Chu (Buddha’s Belly, Copa d’Oro) and mixologist Vincenzo Marianella (Copa d’Oro, Providence) have enlisted Chef David Bartnes (b.o.s.) and General Manager Tatia Oshidari (Orris) to establish The Independence, a modern tavern in Santa Monica’s former Buddha’s Belly space. The neighborhood restaurant and bar will feature market-driven food and cocktails, and plans to open in late November. The Independence, 205 Broadway Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-458-2500.
Replacing the former Barney Greengrass atop Barneys New York in Beverly Hills is Freds. Chef Mark Straussman tips his toque to the former haunt with New York classics like matzo ball soup and a fine list of smoked fish options ranging from nova to sturgeon and whitefish (flown in from NYC and served with bagel, eggs or appetizer). The Cali side of the menu kicks in with an ahi tuna spinach wrap, salmon burger, quinoa salad, truffle fries and breakfast burrito. Cocktails include an Apricot Julep, and there’s plenty of bubbly by the glass or bottle. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Freds, Barney's New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-777-5877.
Japan’s popular curry house franchise CoCo Ichibanya, which has more than 1,400 locations worldwide, has opened another L.A. location in Koreatown in the City Center Plaza. Expect house specialty spicy curry donkatsu with chicken, pork and seafood, omelet with curry, fried chicken salad, and tropical fruit milk shakes. Lunch & Dinner daily. CoCo Ichibanya, City Center Plaza, 3500 W. 6th Street, #110, Los Angeles, CA 90020, no phone.
Kelly Chapman’s popular food truck has become a brick-and-mortar spot in Valley Village, Mac-O-licious, serving up a panoply of gourmet mac and cheese. Pick from 10 versions ranging from signature Southern mac to Maine mac (cheddar and Gruyère cheeses melted over Maine lobster) and bacon mac casserole. There’s even a gluten-free rice noodle variety. Also, find orange mango salad, lobser bisque, corn and squash chowder, barbecue chicken, and red velvet cake. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sat, Brunch Sun. Mac-O-Licious, 5217 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village, CA 91607, 818-814-6220.
Chef Akasha Richmond (Akasha) has taken over the former Ford’s Filling Station space in Culver City and plans to open a modern Cal-Indian restaurant, tentatively called Spice Box Kitchen, in 2015. Spice Box Kitchen, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s successful New York City Italian market and food court, Eataly, will be opening an L.A. location at the Westfield Century City mall in 2017. Eataly, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
Move over Umami Burger, there’s a new savory burger franchise fresh out of Las Vegas in town. Bachi Burger has now opened its third location, this time on Sawtelle, serving Asian-style burgers (“bachi” is short for hibachi) and other signature dishes including oxtail cheese fries, grilled Kurubota and Arabiki sausages, a house-made pickle assortment, and Peking-style duck steamed buns. The banh mi burger combines Angus beef (or substitute Wagyu) with shrimp, lemongrass, pork pâté and fresh herbs; the Ronin burger is topped with caramelized onions, fried egg and yuzu aioli. To drink, expect specialty sake cocktails, premium hot and cold sake, craft beer, boutique wines and hard ciders. Lunch & Dinner daily. Bachi Burger, 2030 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 702-242-2244.
Tipple & Brine and Tunnel Bar owner Richard DiSisto has replaced Mad Bull’s Tavern with a new gastropub, Murph’s, in what is becoming known as “downtown” Sherman Oaks. The self-described “casual Americana dining station and watering hole” features design elements of polished concrete, leather and steel, with an old car motif and patio. Expect nearly two dozen craft beers on tap and elegant craft cocktails. A menu from chef Mike Williams (Tipple & Brine, The Parish) spotlights house-made charcuterie, fried pig ears, pastrami short ribs on rye spaetzle, a fried chicken sandwich with pickled jalapenos and several gourmet burgers. Dinner nightly, Lunch Sat.-Sun. Murph's, 14649 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-986-9999.
Portland’s hippest darling for ice cream, Salt & Straw, has opened a sibling shop in Hancock Park on Larchmont. Ice creams are handmade locally, with local cream from Rockview Farms, using seasonal SoCal ingredients like sweet almonds from Kern county, peaches from Burkart Organic Farms, and Grand Poppy liqueur. Unexpected “classic” flavors served yearlong include single-origin Amadeus Vanilla, Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts, and Tomato Water and Ojai Olive Oil Sherbet. Salt & Straw, 240 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-466-0485.
The team behind Black Market Liquor Bar and Scopa Italian Roots (including Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix) has a new hit cocktail bar in Santa Monica, The Chestnut Club. Lots of leather, brick and wood creates a sophisticated setting for craft cocktails like the Blackberry Honey Sour or “Brighton Racecourse,” a gin and tonic spiked with lavender and grapefruit. The large spirit selection includes a selection of more than 400 select spirits, liqueurs and fortified wines. The Chestnut Club, 1348 14th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-393-1348.
In Sherman Oaks, Tipsy Cow is serving up the magic combo of gourmet burgers, craft beers and handmade cocktails. Haute starters include eye-catching tarragon deviled eggs, blue crab dip and short-rib poutine fries, while plump burgers are made with free-range, sustainably raised Angus beef. There are also turkey, tuna and veggie options. The bar offers 32 rotating craft beers, as well as a dozen bottles, and a select wine list. Cocktails feature ingredients like roasted chipotle syrup.
The Little Door now has a sister location in Santa Monica in the former location of Villetta and Chez Mimi. Like the original, this branch also features a courtyard and a Mediterranean-inspired menu. The Little Door, 246 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-310-8064.
Slow-cooked, smoky meat has arrived in the L.A. area on a grand scale with the opening of HOLY COW BBQ. While the restaurant goes with the Texas roadhouse theme, serving meals on tin plates and drinks in Mason jars, the menu features barbecue styles from all around the United States. Carolina-, Memphis-, Kansas City- , Santa Maria- and Texas-style barbecue includes pork, beef, turkey, chicken and fish options. Among sides are regional favorites like mac and cheese, kettle beans, sweet potatoes, collard greens and cornbread. Brentwood vegan chili, chop-chop salad and a quinoa and farro side are available for the non-meat eaters in the bunch. California wines and beers round out the menu. Behind this enterprise are founder and barbecue aficionado Rob Serritella (MessHall), executive chef Michael Rosen (Pacific Dining Car, Zeke’s Smokehouse) and consulting chef Glenn Walton (Tillman’s Roadhouse and New York City’s North End Grill). HOLY COW BBQ, 264 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-883-6COW.
Chef Vic Casanova (Gusto) and general manager Seth Glassman have opened Pistola in the former a.o.c. space. This Italian restaurant serves up Prime steaks, seafood, pastas and classic cocktails. Pistola, 8022 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-951-9800.
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee (Scratch Bar) has opened The Gadarene Swine in Studio City. Lee offers a chef’s counter with an innovative all-vegetable omakase menu; an à la carte menu (also all vegetables, despite the restaurant's moniker, which is a Biblical allusion) is available at tables. Expect beer and wine. The Gadarene Swine, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-508-5500.
Hollywood spot FiveOFour will open a second location in downtown L.A. this fall in the former digs of The Parish. Open-air patios will highlight this split-level restaurant with a Cal-New Orleans menu from Michael Ruiz (Cobras & Matadors, The Morrison). Expect the likes of crispy frogs legs, Cajun grouper, short ribs, a raw bar and a frozen Daiquiri bar. FiveOFour, 840 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Bacari PDR, a sibling of downtown wine bar Bacaro L.A., has opened in Playa Del Rey. Chef Lior Hillel, an alum of Jean-Georges in New York, offers a menu of “cicchetti” Italian small plates and a wine list that focuses on lesser-known varietals from all over the world. There are also craft beers and cocktails. Weekend brunch is in the works. Bacari PDR, 6805 Vista Del Mar Ln., Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, 310-439-2100.
Just off the beach, The Anchor has thrown open its doors, bringing a seaside vibe to well ... the seaside. With a bright nautical theme and a menu filled with lobster rolls, oysters, scallops and braised octopus, plus wine and craft beer, it's a quick stroll from Ocean Front Walk. The Anchor, 235 Main St., Venice, CA 90291, 310-664-9696.
Adjacent to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market is Field Trip at the Farmers Kitchen, offering brunch and lunch built around whatever is fresh and in season. Chefs Minh Phan (Beachwood Café, Gaji) and Sarah Lange (The Hart & the Hunter, Flores) have put their heads together and come up with a distinctly California twist. Their menu is an intriguing blend of Asian and Amish, featuring items as diverse as smoked sesame chicken banh mi and croque "monster," on a housemade English muffin with Amish bologna, egg, roasted tomatoes, béchamel and jack cheese. There are decadent pastries (sausage stuffed pretzel, anyone?) and a cold-brew coffee bar. Brunch & Lunch Tues.-Sun. Field Trip at the Farmers Kitchen, 1555 Vine St., Ste. 119, Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-467-7600.
New on the nightlife scene is the Gatsby-themed nightclub and cocktail den at The Argyle. Relive those halcyon days of decadence, dancing and drinking as you take a turn on the 1920s-inspired boutique dance floor to DJ-curated songs, and then descend below the club into an underground den for craft cocktails (some served in marshmallows) and small plates. Upscale, fashionable attire is required. The cocktail den is open nightly, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., while the nightclub is open Tues. and Sat., 10 pm.-2 a.m. For reservations, text 310-905-4793 or e-mail reservations@ArgyleHotel.com. The Argyle, 1600 Argyle Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028, 310-905-4793 (text only).
The Cardiff Giant hospitality group (The Churchill, Clover Juice, The Hudson) and executive chef Joshua Drew (Farmshop) plan to open Cordoba in Los Feliz. The restaurant will be designed by Sam Marshall of Marshall Projects (Gjelina, Laurel Hardware), and will feature natural wood accents and textures, South American ceramics, along with a traditional Argentinean grill as the focal point of the room. Drew’s Argentinean-inspired menu will also highlight seasonal, local ingredients. Cordoba, 1816 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
Quinn and Karen Hatfield (Hatfield's, The Sycamore Kitchen) will open Odys & Penelope in late 2014. The meat-centric concept will be influenced by the cooking methods of grilling and smoking. Odys & Penelope, 127 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
If you were a fan of the ice cream truck last year, soon you can find awesome “Salty Pimp” and “Bea Arthur” soft-serve at the upcoming Big Gay Ice Cream Shop in downtown L.A., set to open in late 2014. Expect shakes in flavors like ginger-curry, and offbeat ice cream toppings including wasabi pea dust, Sriracha and Key lime curd.
Restaurateur/chef partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) are rumored to have another Fairfax restaurant coming down the pike this winter, tentatively called Jon & Vinny’s, with a wine program by Helen Johannesen. Jon & Vinny’s, 412 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Joan’s on Third has introduced a second location in Studio City, on the site of an old post office on Ventura Place. The 4,000-square-foot site shares the original location’s airy feel, with marble counters and accented with Joan’s signature Holstein black and white cows, alongside antique community-dining tables. The kitchen offers comfort food ranging from omelets to turkey meatloaf and Chinese chicken salad. Gourmet items found in the marketplace include jams, Champagne, barrel-aged balsamic vinegar, cheeses, olives and smoked nuts. Joan's on Third, 12059 Ventura Pl., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-201-3900.
Sherman Oaks’ Hamburger Hamlet has reopened, revived by new owners. Longtime Hamlet fans can expect the same burgers, fries and shakes as in days of yore. Hamburger Hamlet, 4419 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-784-1183.
Cary Hardwick and Laurie Sisneros, owners of Spaghettini in Seal Beach, in conjunction with renowned saxophonist Dave Koz, will be opening their new Beverly Hills restaurant, Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge, in Fall 2014. The restaurant will offer refined California-inspired Italian cuisine in a state-of-the-art music venue. Executive chef Scott Howard’s menu will feature signature Spaghettini dishes from Seal Beach, including Parmesan-crusted Chilean sea bass, as well as new locally inspired Italian dishes such as Santa Barbara sea urchin with cucumber, jalapeño and pickled cherry, and orecchiette with six-hour Kurobuta pork bolognese, porcini mushrooms and Pecorino. Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge, 184 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-424-4600.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT HEADLINES
Hungry for Tokyo Restaurant Month
During Hungry for Tokyo, a month-long dining promotion in November, 21 Los Angeles area restaurants will feature special Tokyo-themed menu items. Guests who order from the Hungry for Tokyo menu will receive a copy of the “Tokyo Gourmet Guide,” a booklet on destinations for foodies in Tokyo. Participating restaurants include Shunji Japanese Cuisine, Superba Snack Bar, and The Izaka-Ya By Katsu-ya. For more information, visit www.gotokyo.org
The Gadarene Swine Now Serving Lunch
In Studio City, Phillip Frankland Lee’s hip and happening vegan/vegetarian restaurant, The Gadarene Swine, has added lunch service. Expect salads, inventive vegetable dishes and a prix fixe menu. The Gadarene Swine, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-508-5500.
Tortilla Republic West Hollywood Launches New Special Lunch Menus
Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood has launched two new lunch menus, “Short N’ Sweet” and “Relax & Rita.” The Short N’ Sweet ($15) option offers a salsa trio or guacamole followed by a main course, such as the quesadilla de hongos with cremini and oyster mushrooms, roasted shallots, baby arugula, Monterey jack, Manchego cheese and white truffle oil. The restaurant guarantees to provide the Short N’ Sweet menu to guests within 15 minutes, from the time they order, for up to four people. If this timing is not met, lunch will be complimentary. The Relax & Rita ($24) menu features a house or jalapeño Margarita, a salsa trio or guacamole, and any lunch entrée from the traditional menu. Tortilla Republic, 616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-657-9888.
Frites Grill Menu at Mimi's Cafe
Chef Katie Sutton, the head of the culinary team at Mimi’s Cafe restaurants, spent two months in France perfecting her version of the French frite that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The results can now be found on the Frites Grill menu, offering steak frites, grilled salmon & frites, grilled chicken & frites, mussels & frites, and roasted chicken & frites. For more information and locations, visit www.mimiscafe.com
Pok Pok Expansion
Andy Ricker, chef of the perpetually buzzworthy Pok Pok Ny, has announced he’s not only opening one Pok Pok in Los Angeles, but two. There will be a Pok Pok LA and a Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown.
The Club Room at BOA Steakhouse Debuts New Bar and Happy Hour Menu
BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood has debuted a new lounge space and bar menu at The Club Room, now located adjacent to the restaurant’s bar area. The new space features sophisticated décor and plush seating around a big-screen TV, ready for NFL game days. Revamped libations range from the ginger and honey-tinged “Islay Elixir” to the “BOA 405” made with Beluga vodka, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, lemon and cracked pepper. New Club Room “bites” include blue crab toasts, crispy stuffed squash blossoms, yellowtail crudo, sliders and burgers, and truffled cheese nachos. Boa Steakhouse, Luckman Plaza, 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-278-2050.
New Dishes & Cocktails at Acabar
Acabar chef de cuisine Kevin Luzande has added new dishes to the Mediterranean-inspired menu, including northern halibut with verbena broth, pistachios, forbidden rice and summer squash. In addition, mixologists Josh Goldman and Julian Cox have also created new seasonal cocktails like the Tequila Por Mi Amante made with strawberry infused tequila, Vermouth di Torino, lemon and acid phosphate. Acabar, 1510 N. Stanley Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-876-1400.
$1.31 Scoops at Baskin-Robbins on the 31st of Each Month Through 2014
As part of its "Celebrate 31" Program, Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops in the Los Angeles area will offer $1.31 four-ounce scoops on the 31st of each month, from July 31 until the end of the year (August 31, October 31, December 31). This offer is available on all Baskin-Robbins flavors, including seasonal specialties like State Fair Fried Dough, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Tropical Vacation Frozen Yogurt and S'More the Merrier. For more information, visit www.baskinrobbins.com
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
Charles Olalia, formerly of Patina, is now chef de cuisine at Terranea Resort's signature restaurant mar'sel. mar'sel, Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, 310-265-2701.
Chef Dakota Weiss announced via Facebook that she's leaving the W Los Angeles - Westwood, which includes NINETHIRTY, Whiskey Blue and The Backyard. We hear there may be new dining concepts in the works. W Los Angeles - Westwood, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-208-8765, 888-627-7135.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Ilan Hall’s popular Los Angeles restaurant, The Gorbals, will move out of its current location in the Alexandria Hotel December 14, to another, yet unspecified, DTLA location. Hall has also recently opened a sibling to The Gorbals in Brooklyn. The chef plans to move away from offal and meat dishes and focus more on vegan offerings. The Gorbals, The Alexandria, 501 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-488-3408.
Red Medicine closed at the end of October 2014. We will miss chef Jordan Kahn’s cuisine. His creativity and cuisine put him on the coveted GAYOT’s Top 5 Rising Chefs in the US list in 2011. Perhaps the noise and darkness of the restaurant took a toll on the patrons. We look forward to his new venture. Red Medicine, 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, no phone.
The Sunset Strip’s sidewalk bistro Le Clafoutis, a favorite of West Hollywood for more than two decades, has closed. There’s no word yet on a new concept in the space. Clafoutis, Sunset Plaza, 8630 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
The Korean barbecue restaurant Star King has closed. Star King, 3807 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 120, Los Angeles, CA 90010, no phone.
Hollywood's beloved watering hole The Cat & Fiddle may have to close its doors within the next few months. The restaurant's lease has reportedly not been renewed. The Cat & Fiddle, 6530 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-468-3800.
Stefan's at LA Farm, which was opened by "Top Chef" contestant Stefan Richter, has been replaced by The Roost at LA Farm, featuring a seasonal American menu from chef John Keenan. Stefan's at LA Farm, 3000 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, no phone.
In Beverly Hills, the iconic New York-style deli Barney Greengrass has closed to make way for a new restaurant concept atop Barney’s department store. Barney Greengrass, Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, no phone.
Italian trattoria Girasole in Larchmont Village is closed temporarily. It is scheduled to re-open in the same location in January 2015. Girasole, 225 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-464-6978.
The Palm in West Hollywood closed its doors on September 30, 2014, after nearly 40 years in business. The steakhouse chain opened a new location of The Palm in Beverly Hills at 267 North Canon Drive in November 2014. The Palm, 9001 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Rare by Drai's, a modern and sexy take on the steakhouse from Victor Drai and ESquared Hospitality, has closed after less than a year in business. Rare by Drai's, 8720 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
George Abou-Daoud’s Hollywood wine and cheese spot, The Mercantile, has closed, but plans to reopen in a different location sometime next year. The Mercantile, 6600 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Hollywood’s bourbon-centric sports bar and casual restaurant Township Saloon has closed. Township Saloon, 6612 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Jun Isogai’s unique Little Tokyo nose-to-tail restaurnt B.o.s. closed September 27 due to high costs and expenses. B.o.s., Honda Plaza, 424 E. Second St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
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