Los Angeles Restaurant News
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Chef Neal Fraser has opened Redbird in the old rectory building at the historic St. Vibiana Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Fraser, wife Amy Knoll Fraser and restaurateur Bill Chait (République, Bestia, Petty Cash Taqueria, etc.) currently operate Vibiana, a special events venue at the cathedral. The space features an outdoor dining area with retractable roof, as well as an indoor lounge offering cocktails from mixologist Julian Cox. The restaurant will be in soft-opening mode through the holidays and in January will be open for regular dinner service Tues.-Sun., with lunch and brunch to follow later in 2015. Redbird, St. Vibiana Cathedral, 214 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-788-1191.
Cary Hardwick and Laurie Sisneros, owners of Spaghettini in Seal Beach, in conjunction with renowned saxophonist Dave Koz, opened their new Beverly Hills restaurant, Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge. The restaurant offers refined California-inspired Italian cuisine in a state-of-the-art music venue. Executive chef Scott Howard’s menu features 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.
The Horn, West Hollywood’s newest steakhouse, is a bar and lounge that specializes in steaks, game and cocktails, courtesy of executive chef Adam Mitrano, a Gordon Ramsay alum, and Adam Klesh (Industry Bar, NYC.) Expect crispy alligator nuggets, a roasted pig head, pork belly chili and wood-grilled boar chop, along with salmon, mussels, pasta and burgers. Craft cocktails include a rhubarb Negroni and blackberry/elderflower Pimm's Cup accented with tarragon. The Horn, 8933 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069, 310-933-6678.
The Houston Brothers (La Descarga, Harvard & Stone) have made a foray into restaurants with an American bistro, Butchers & Barbers. Luke Reyes (The Corner Door) is helming the stoves, turning out habanero mussels, lamb sausage, house-cured charcuterie and a côte du boeuf for two. Don’t worry, there will still be fancy cocktails. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Butchers & Barbers, 6531 Hollywood Blvd.
, Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-461-1464.
A new project from Stéphane Bombet (Faith & Flower, Picca), Terrine features the cuisine of chef Kris Morningstar (formerly of Ray’s & Stark Bar). Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
In Venice, chef-owner Travis Lett’s (Gjelina) Gjusta is a gorgeous new gourmet deli/bakery with burgeoning café space on deck. Find house-made pickled herring, smoked fish and charcuterie, breads and pastries, duck confit and artisan pickles. The espresso comes from a big La Marzocco machine. In the future, anticipate beer and wine, along with dinner hours and more seating. Breakfast & Lunch Tues.-Sun. Gjusta, 320 Sunset Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310) 314-0320.
Chef Ricardo Diaz (Colonia Taco Lounge, Guisados) is teaming up with Adam Fleischman (Umami Burger) to open Tacoteca, a mezcal and taco lounge in Santa Monica in the former Charleston space. Expect grilled octopus tacos with serrano-peanut salsa, duck tacos, pork belly chicharron quesadillas, and a fine mezcal list, alongside specialty mezcal cocktails. Tacoteca, 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-828-2115.
Pitfire Artisan Pizza has brought its wood-fired offerings to Pasadena with 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 are available, the indoor focus being Pitfire’s signature wood-fired kiln. While pizzas take center stage, including one made with house-made burrata, menu options feature spaghetti with chicken meatballs and a variety of handmade salads. The full bar is stocked with an array of wine and beer, in addition to cocktails, both classic and seasonal. There is ample space for group gatherings, children’s birthday celebrations and pizza-making parties. Pitfire Artisan Pizza, 730 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-376-9005.
Restaurateur/chef partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) have another Fairfax restaurant coming down the pike in 2015, called Jon & Vinny’s. The concept will also feature a wine store overseen by Helen Johannesen. Jon & Vinny's, 412 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Koreatown plays host to a new restaurant from Gary Menes, Le Comptoir (which means “the counter,”) in the refurbished Hotel Normandie. The modern, intimate space seats just 10 diners for a chef’s tasting menu five nights a week. Dinner Tues.-Sat. Le Comptoir, Hotel Normandie, 605 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, no phone.
Eagle Rock Brewery has opened Eagle Rock Public House on Colorado Boulevard. Chef/co-owner Jerry Su (Bouchon, Son of a Gun) offers an elevated bar menu that includes fresh oysters, smoked fish dip, scallop with raisin miso and seaweed emulsion, Cornish hen and vegetable root pot pie. Of course, there is plenty of the brewery’s beer on tap, as well as wine and cider selections. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Eagle Rock Public House, 1627 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, 323-739-0081.
Tara's Himalayan Cuisine has opened a second location adjacent to USC. Expect the same Tibetan/Nepalese menu as the original Palms spot, with distinctive momo dumplings, chicken korma, lamb stuffed flatbread, and hearty Sherpa stew with yak. To drink (or for dessert), there’s mango lassi. Lunch & Dinner daily. Tara's Himalayan Cuisine
, 1277 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, 323-766-9775.
Cult-faves macaron ice cream and blue velvet cake are now found at the second location of Milk, in Silver Lake. Expect house-made specialty ice cream in milkshakes, sundaes and floats --- and don’t forget the ice cream sandwiches and cakes, as well as traditional baked goods and espresso drinks. There’s savory food, too, including pressed sandwiches, salads and soup. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Milk, 1639 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-913-9911.
In Little Tokyo, Kinjiro has taken over the former b.o.s space inside Honda Plaza, with a high-end izakaya menu that features uni pasta, pork belly stew, roasted bone marrow, miso cod and grilled chicken thigh with yuzu kosho. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Kinjiro, 424 E 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-229-8200.
The folks behind Silver Lake’s popular Barbrix have opened All’Acqua in neighboring Atwater Village. Chef Don Dickman’s market-driven Italian menu includes saffron risotto with shrimp, scallops, and calamari; Prime beef short ribs with polenta taragna, pea tendrils, chanterelle-red wine sauce; and ravioli with black truffle butter. Watch the artisan pizzas pop out of the wood-fired oven over salumi and craft cocktails at the lively bar. Dinner nightly. All’Acqua, 3280 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-663-3280.
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.
Chef Michael Fiorelli, most recently of mar'sel, partnered with Cafe Pierre owners Guy Gabriele and his daughter, Sylvie, on a new Italian-inspired restaurant called Love & Salt. It opened 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.
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.
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. 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.
Quinn and Karen Hatfield (Hatfield's, The Sycamore Kitchen) will open Odys & Penelope in January 2015. 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.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT HEADLINES
The Name Game
Chef Josef Centeno (Baco Mercat, Orsa & Winston) reopened Pete’s Café as Pete’s in DTLA’s Old Bank District, then soon after changed the name of the restaurant to Ledlow Swan. The menu offers dishes ranging from caramelized cauliflower to crispy pork belly with spinach and fried egg, and braised beef shoulder served family-style. Ledlow Swan, 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-687-7015.
Firefly Debuts Sunday Brunch on the Patio
Firefly has opened its sprawling patio to Sunday brunch-goers for the first time, with a sunny outdoor setting perfect for chef Paul Shoemaker’s signature dishes. They include shrimp and creamy polenta with poached egg, scrambled eggs with Burgundy truffles, and Maine lobster Benedict. To drink, there are fresh-pressed juice, and customizable mimosas and Bloody Marys. Firefly, 11720 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-762-1833.
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.
$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
West Hollywood’s fanciful La Boheme is now under the management of Global Dining, and has welcomed new executive chef Martha Esquivel (Border Grill). New menu items include Catalan octopus with saffron, ahi tartare with cucumber and yuzu, duck breast with black lentils, and beef tenderloin with corn soufflé. La Boheme, 8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-848-2360.
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
Hollywood's beloved watering hole The Cat & Fiddle has closed. The restaurant is looking to move into a new location. The Cat & Fiddle, 6530 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
Ilan Hall’s popular Los Angeles restaurant, The Gorbals, has left its current location in the Alexandria Hotel with plans to move 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, no phone.
Chef John Rivera Sedlar will be closing his downtown restaurant Rivera after December 31, 2014. A New Year’s Eve dinner will culminate the restaurant’s seven-year run with a menu of retrospective dishes and Julian Cox cocktails. Sedlar will be moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to open his new restaurant ELOISA. Rivera, Met Lofts, 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-749-1460.
Aburiya Toranoko in Little Tokyo is closed for remodeling. Aburiya Toranoko, 243 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-621-9500.
Richard Sandoval’s Latin spots La Sandia and Zengo, located atop the third floor of Santa Monica Place, will close in March to make way for a new location of The Cheesecake Factory. La Sandia, Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-393-3300.
Karen and Quinn Hatfield’s beloved restaurant Hatfield’s will close at the end of December 2014. The couple will continue their culinary explorations with their bakery café The Sycamore Kitchen, and open a new casual grill restaurant, Odys & Penelope, on La Brea in January. Hatfield's, 6703 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-935-2977.
Santa Monica’s seasonal pioneer, JiRaffe, will be closing on Valentine’s Day 2015. Owner Raphael Lunetta opened the restaurant with Josiah Citrin (Mélisse) 18 years ago. There's been no news on a replacement for the space yet. JiRaffe, 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-917-6671.
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.
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.
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