Los Angeles Restaurant News
Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine has opened on La Cienega Boulevard offering signature, house-special mixed grills, mezze and kebabs. After dinner look for hookah, mint tea and an array of desserts including baklava, osmalieh and ishtah with honey. Lunch & Dinner daily. Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine, 1663 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-276-2747.
The first American outpost of Chengdu Impression has opened in Arcadia, bringing authentic Sichuan cuisine and an expansive, airy, modern dining room to Angelenos. This 37th branch of the restaurant features six chefs straight from Chengdu, China. Look for a $45, 11-course Chef’s Tasting Meal that includes mapo tofu, wheat buns with spicy beef, chicken with Sichuan green peppercorn sauce and the signature eight-hour pork belly. Upstairs is a special Sichuan tea room. Lunch & Dinner daily. Chengdu Impression, 21 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91006, no phone.
Wanderlust Creamery will open in spring 2017 in Atwater Village. Expect gourmet, handcrafted ice cream nodding to global palates in cones and cups. Flavors will range from seasonal (mascarpone + blueberry elderflower, apple wasabi sorbet, violet marshmallow) to signature, like sticky rice + mango, ube malted crunch, honey lavender and Earl Grey. Coffee and tea will also be offered. Wanderlust Creamery, 3134 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, no phone.
Bacari GDL has opened in Glendale at The Americana at Brand. Look for fire-roasted and Mediterranean dishes from executive chef/owner Lior Hillel. Small plates range from oxtail with doah spice, toasted buckwheat and shaved radish to banana prawns with pipel chuma, farro and parsley salad. Handcrafted pastas and pizzas include the likes of foie gras Cresto de Gallo pasta with shaved terrine, onion jam, house-made ricotta, chervil and bacon, and double cream Brie pizza with organic tomato sauce and fresh jalapeño. Expect craft cocktails alongside a curated selection of beer and wine. This is the third location of the Venetian tavern concept; the others are Bacari PDR and Bacaro L.A. Lunch & Dinner daily. Bacari GDL, The Americana at Brand, 757 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210, 818-696-1460.
The folks behind Peruvian favorite Los Balcones in Hollywood have opened The Parker Room in the former space of Chavela Comida y Sangria. This cozy cocktail lounge pays tribute to the site's history as a jazz club where legends like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis once played. The Parker Room, 1358 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-745-0041.
Farmer Boys has opened on Hollywood Boulevard, offering high-quality made-to-order burgers, salads and hearty breakfasts. The fast-casual franchise, which sources many ingredients from local farmers, is growing throughout California and Nevada. This airy, modern eatery offers up several new cult-favorite burgers for Hollywood locals --- particularly the “Farmer’s Burger”: two beef patties topped with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and fresh guacamole. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Farmer Boys, 5519 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-466-0073.
Drink Houz is a new wellness-inspired café in Westlake (near Silver Lake) featuring a seasonal menu of mostly vegan and vegetarian offerings. Look for salads like the winter special with quinoa, kale, butternut squash and rosemary maple dressing; bowls with creamy polenta, pesto and runny egg; and sandwiches such as a green melt with roasted radicchio, pear, spinach and Havarti. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Drink Houz, 3231 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-378-0529.
French pastry chef Dominique Ansel, chef/owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery and Dominique Ansel Kitchen, announced he'll be opening a bakery and full-service restaurant in Los Angeles. (The address has not yet been confirmed.) Patrons routinely line up for his famous invention the "Cronut," a half croissant-half doughnut. His other signature creations include "Frozen S'mores" and "Cookie Shots."
Restaurateur Stéphane Bombet (Faith & Flower, Hanjip) and chef Scott Conant (Scarpetta) will open The Ponte, a modern Italian restaurant in the former space of Terrine. Look for a February 2017 opening. The Ponte, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
“Top Chef” alum Chris Crary (HYDE Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails) will open the lobby restaurant Farmspoke at the upcoming The James West Hollywood–Sunset on the Sunset Strip. Look for elegantly casual, seasonally-driven California fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner in an airy, blond dining room with views for miles. The hotel will open in early 2017. Farmspoke, The James West Hollywood–Sunset, 8490 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 877-578-3215.
Bone Kettle is set to open in February 2017, bringing the flavors of Southeast Asia to Pasadena. Chef Erwin Tjahyadi’s (Komodo) long-simmering soup recipe uses beef tendon, knuckles and marrow along with spices, and cooks for 36 hours. It’s served with Temoni ramen noodles, condiments, vegetables and choices of oxtail, pork belly, chicken breast and brisket. Other dishes from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore include gado gado, fried chicken and warm cassava cake with avocado ice cream and coconut. Bone Kettle, 67 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103, no phone.
Tower 12 is the new beach-town casual kitchen and bar from chef Brendan Collins (Birch), opening in February 2017. The space will feature vintage relics, furnishings and artwork that reflect the neighborhood’s laid-back surf and beach culture and history. A California-inspired menu looks to update American classics including shareable bar bites, wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads and entrées. Located on a second story deck with ocean views, the restaurant will have a wraparound, wooden outdoor balcony. Tower 12, Hermosa Pier, 53 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, no phone.
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee (Scratch Bar & Kitchen) will open Frankland's Crab & Co. in the space that was intended for Oh Man! Ramen. Frankland's Crab & Co., Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., #250, Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
Restaurateur Adam Fleischman and chef Kiyoshiro Yamamoto (The Hump) have launched Ramen Roll in Culver City in the former Picnic LA space. Expect ramen and sushi hand rolls. Ramen Roll, 9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-426-8926.
Disneyland has unveiled an exclusive new dining experience within the park. At 21 Royal, located in New Orleans Square (upstairs from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction), guests will enjoy a customized tasting menu in an elegant private dining room, as well as a cocktail reception and other VIP treatment. The all-inclusive price rings in at $15,000 for a party of up to 12 people. 21 Royal, Disneyland, 1313 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802, 714-300-7749.
Hollywood mourned the loss of its beloved The Cat & Fiddle, but the restaurant will re-emerge in spring 2017 on Highland Avenue in Susan Feniger’s former Mud Hen Tavern space. The Cat & Fiddle, 742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
Making the jump from NYC, chef/restaurateur April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room) and business partner Ken Friedman will reportedly open a yet-unnamed restaurant in spring 2017 in the former The Cat & Fiddle location on Sunset Boulevard. Look for a revamped space (and patio) and a possibly Middle Eastern-leaning menu.
French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open his first California restaurant, Jean-Georges, at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills in June 2017. Vongerichten will oversee two eateries at the luxury hotel --- a fine-dining restaurant on the ground floor and a casual restaurant/bar situated on the 13th-story rooftop pool. He has noted that the cuisine will be French-inspired farm-to-table, with California, pan-Asian and Latin influences. Jean-Georges, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-6666.
Vito’s Pizza has opened a Westside location on Santa Monica Boulevard. Expect owner Vito DiDonato’s same fine, traditional East Coast pizza, alongside offerings like sausage and meatball subs, Caesar salad and cannoli. There’s craft beer in cans, some wine, and a cocktail list that includes a Manhattan, Moscow Mule and daiquiri. Vito's Pizza Santa Monica, 2455 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-884-5900.
Bardonna has opened a third location, Bardonna Silver Lake, on a hipster stretch of eastside Sunset Boulevard. For all-day breakfast find an English muffin with beer braised kale, fried egg and thick cut bacon; a huevos rancheros bowl with feta cheese and fermented chili; shakshuka; truffled avocado toast; and braised short rib beef hash. Lunch offerings include soups, salads and sandwiches. Expect a super long list of finer coffees, teas and house-made nut milks and kombucha. Bardonna Silver Lake, 3206 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-522-6741.
Mexican chef Maycoll Calderon (Huset) will open his first U.S. restaurant, Tintorera, in Silver Lake in the former Cowboys & Turbans space. Expect a summer 2017 opening with cutting-edge, contemporary Mexican fare and cocktails to match on a revamped, leafy garden patio. Tintorera, 2815 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Restaurateur George Abou-Daoud’s (Delancey, The Bowery) latest venture is the modernist Middle Eastern restaurant Farida on Sunset Boulevard. Look for contemporary and traditional interpretations of regional Middle Eastern cuisine, with dishes like Mountain Prep Lamb Awarma, which follows a traditional mountainside preparation process and is served alongside hummus bi tahini, a nut and fig medley, lamb cracklings and a soft egg. Farida, 6266 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-498-5100.
Shake Shack has set up shop in the Westfield Century City mall. The New York-based chain is known for its burgers, hot dogs, crinkle cut fries and "concretes" (frozen custard). Shake Shack, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 424-218-0076.
Brooklyn chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson teamed up with chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) to open Kismet, a modern Mediterranean concept in Los Feliz. Kismet, 4648 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-409-0404.
Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco are teaming up with Pizzeria Bianco chef/owner Chris Bianco and restaurateur Bill Chait on a Los Angeles location of Tartine Manufactory. Tartine Manufactory, 746 Terminal St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
Belle Belle’s Cue is now open for lunch on Cesar Chavez Avenue in Chinatown. Owner Justin Mi makes all sauces, rubs, sides and pickles in-house. The Texas-style BBQ menu has four types of wood-fired meat served by the half-pound family style, including brisket and turkey. Look for pulled pork sandwiches topped with homemade coleslaw. Expect potato salad, mac & cheese and creamed corn, too. For dessert, there’s homemade pecan pie. Belle Belle's Cue, 701 W. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 323-897-9227.
The h.wood Group’s John Terzian and Brian Toll partnering with Interscope Records have debuted a live music space called The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood. The h.wood Group’s Food & Beverage specialist Adam Koral oversees a signature mixology program with cocktails like The Billboard (Virginia Black whiskey, muddled strawberry, honey, lemon juice and soda). Expect a light ‘Snacks’ menu offering panini and finger foods. There will also be lounge-style bottle service and entertainment by resident artists and special guest performances. The Peppermint Club, 8713 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-859-1011.
For serious sushi connoisseurs, Sushi Ginza Onodera has landed in West Hollywood. This world-renowned chain’s flagship is in Ginza (with siblings in New York, Paris, Hawaii and Shanghai). Reservations are a must at the 16-seat blond-wood jewel box on Melrose and La Cienega; omakase, the sole option, starts at $300 per person. Chef Yohei Matsuki is transplanted from the acclaimed New York location. Look for wild-caught seasonal fish that changes daily and, of course, high-end saké to accompany. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Sushi Ginza Onodera, 609 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-433-4817.
The 1920’s-themed Edmon has opened in the Hollywood Historic Hotel, injecting a bit of Art Deco glamour into the dustier side of Melrose Avenue with both a dining room and luxe bar. Beneath chandeliers and dark wood chef Gabriel Cappelli (Saint Martha) offers elegant American dishes like braised short ribs, double bone pork chops, scallops with lobster rillettes, and brûléed oysters and clams. Shaun Cole (Harvard and Stone, the Parish) oversees the fine, updated classic cocktail list. There’s live music too. Dinner Tues.-Sun. The Edmon, Historic Hollywood Hotel, 5168 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038, 323-645-5225.
Di Alba has opened in DTLA’s Arts District, offering specialty Roman-style focaccia sandwiches from chef Nina Clemente. Look for a breakfast focaccia with smoked salmon and caper lemon gremolata, a Parma focaccia with prosciutto and rosemary roasted grapes, and salads like beet and avocado with sherry vinaigrette and black quinoa with pomegranate and citrus. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Di Alba, 827 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Executive chef D. Brandon Walker, chef Jill Davie (Josie) and Jorge Rivas have opened neighborhood restaurant The Mar Vista. The menu of “progressive Los Angeles cuisine” includes dishes like lamb churrasco with curried couscous, crispy kale and mint chimichurri. Bluegrass or jazz bands liven things up on Friday and Saturday nights. The Mar Vista, 12249 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-751-6773.
In East Hollywood, pizza fans are happy to discover the new NY Crust on Santa Monica Boulevard. Expect a thin crust and many specialty pies with toppings ranging from chicken breast, fresh tomatoes and artichokes to traditional items like pepperoni and sausage. Also find chicken wings, pastas, subs and salads, and Sicilian cannoli for dessert. Lunch & Dinner daily. NY Crust, 5421 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-745-0400.
For cutting-edge mezcal cocktails, a fine, far-ranging mezcal list and a hip, south of the border DTLA vibe, head to Mezcalero near Pershing Square. Mixologist Nathan McCullough’s inventive specialty cocktails incorporate fresh ingredients, from bell peppers to pineapple, celery and mint, as well as house-made burnt tortilla syrup and habanero tincture. Expect a nice selection of tacos, including roasted pork, fried chicken, octopus and cod. Dinner nightly. Mezcalero, 510 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-628-3337.
Eric Greenspan’s third Maré restaurant will open in Silver Lake this winter. The former Charcoal BBQ (itself part of the also defunct Barbarella) space will be elegantly reimagined as Greenspan’s signature seafood spot, likely with a similar menu to his Melrose and Santa Monica locations --- think whole branzino with fig pomegranate glaze, fried smelts with roasted lemon sauce, mussels in tomato fennel broth --- and blood orange trifolo for dessert. Maré, 2609 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
Silver Lake’s old watering hole on Hyperion Avenue, Barbarella, has partly morphed into The Friend, a fun, artsy bar featuring pinball, works by Kenny Scharf and an upscale bar menu from chef Eric Greenspan. Look for craft cocktails alongside dishes such as buckwheat, corn and artichoke blini with olive tapenade and basil pistou, charcuterie plate, steak frites skewers, avocado toast, a couscous bowl and profiteroles. Greenspan’s full restaurant, Maré, will open in the next door annex. Dinner nightly. The Friend, 2611 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-522-6835.
Parisian mini-chain Mon Petit Poulet will expand to the United States with this Venice location. The restaurant's specialty is rotisserie chicken accompanied by simple sides. Mon Petit Poulet, 705 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Los Angeles now has its own location of famed Parisian pastry boutique Ladurée, known for its colorful macrons. This store and restaurant at The Grove joins the global brand’s other United States branches in New York and Miami. Ladurée, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-456-0282.
Westfield Century City is ramping up its restaurant roster in 2017, with big openings to include dumpling destination Din Tai Fung, hamburger hotspot Shake Shack and Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Italian market and food court, Eataly. Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310-277-3898.
New Japanese izakaya Tsubaki is taking over the former Kush space in Echo Park in early 2017. Charles Namba (Bouchon) will serve classic Japanese dishes; there will also be a curated saké menu. Tsubaki, 1356 Allison Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Italian restaurant Osteria Bigoli has opened on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Chef/owner Claudio Marchesan (Pane e Vino) offers classic dishes like carpaccio, grilled octopus and an assortment of pastas. Also look for specialties such as large grilled prawns with shishito peppers and lemon, saltimbocca alla romana, grilled veal loin chop with rosemary butter, and agnolotti filled with roasted meats. Osteria Bigoli, 714 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-395-6619.
Forage owners Jason and Chrissy Kim have opened Wolfdown in Silver Lake’s former Nicky D’s Pizza space. Look for veggie-focused seasonal California fare, plus wood-fired specialties, beer, wine and saké. There’s a large outdoor patio and bar area as well. Wolfdown, 2764 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039, no phone.
DRAGO Centro chef de cuisine Ian Gresik is opening The Arbour on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena in summer 2017. Look for a menu of California fare and craft cocktails in a large, airy space designed by Spacecraft. The Arbour, 527 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, no phone.
Now open is Wild Living Foods, a “Neo-Pueblo” inspired plant-based restaurant in DTLA’s Fashion District. Look for a diverse menu including warm kelp noodle pasta, quinoa bowls and signature seasonal salads with medicinal herb blends. The breakfast, lunch and dinner eatery will also feature a wide variety of grab-n-go items made fresh each day. Santino Rice (On The Road With Austin & Santino) spearheads the beverage program introducing an assortment of juices and tonics that target improving digestion, building natural immunities and detoxification. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Wild Living Foods, 760 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-266-8254.
Chef Sascha Lyon, an alum of New York's Daniel, Pastis and Balthazar, has opened COMMERSON Restaurant. The bistro-style menu ranges from kale and Brussels sprouts salad to "A Parisian Diversion" (escargots, garlic butter, fries, baguette) to grilled rib-eye with duck fat potatoes, caramelized onions and béarnaise. COMMERSON Restaurant, 788 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-813-3000.
Celestino Drago (DRAGO Centro) and his brothers/fellow restaurateurs have opened DRAGO RISTORANTE at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Expect Italian fare like squid ink potato gnocchi with cured tuna roe and zucchini. DRAGO RISTORANTE, Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-800-2244.
The founders of California Pizza Kitchen are behind the seafood-centric Brentwood restaurant bottlefish. On the menu, you'll find black cod meatballs, fish and chips and "simply prepared" plates of trout, grouper, swordfish or Scottish salmon grilled and served with a choice of salsa rioja, Sicilian herb sauce or lemon butter sauce. bottlefish, 11677 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. #200, Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-954-9495.
Miami craft cocktail bar Broken Shaker will launch its third location this spring on Eighth Street in the new Freehand L.A. hotel. Expect top mixologists and compelling, inventive garden-to-glass cocktails at the rooftop bar, and high-end Middle Eastern food at the venue, as well. Broken Shaker, Freehand Los Angeles, 416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Beer geeks will eagerly embrace the new downtown LA location of San Diego’s Modern Times brewery-restaurant. The sprawling 6,000-square-foot space will include a brewhouse, dining room, patio and an airy bar. Design elements feature custom artwork and vintage details. A vegan menu will offer the likes of pancakes with bourbon maple syrup, seitan bbq and tacos. Look for a coffee bar with specialty house roasts, too, but the real draw is rotating seasonal brews along with pilot and experimental beers. Modern Times, 830 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Friends & Family Hospitality (Horse Thief BBQ, Café Birdie) will open the Sunset Junction-adjacent Bar Angeles in January 2017. Look for a menu of seasonal casual plates from chef Joey Booterbaugh (Café Birdie) and a fairly serious cocktail list alongside craft beers and wine. Bar Angeles, 4330 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, no phone.
The former Rosewood Tavern space will soon be home to Sweet Chick, a fried chicken and waffles concept backed by rapper Nas, with a successful Brooklyn flagship already behind it and a second outpost on the Lower East Side. There will be more than chicken and waffle variations to draw foodies in, with soul food faves ranging from crawfish hush puppies and barbecue pork sliders to shrimp and grits and cornmeal-crusted catfish. Look for a late winter 2017 opening. Sweet Chick, 448 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Liaison Restaurant + Lounge will open in the former Les Deux nightclub space in January 2017, offering dining and cocktails in an open-air garden with fire pits and an indoor lounge. Expect a menu of seasonal California fare from chef Nick Barainca; plates to share will include steamed root cake and sweet potato baked in salt meringue. Liaison Restaurant + Lounge, 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Mexican seafood restaurant La Carmencita Oracular Kitchen is open in Hollywood on Highland Avenue. Guests 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, 323-701-2063.
Sycamore Tavern is the newest Hollywood spot from the Happy to Serve You Hospitality Group (Black Market Liquor Bar, Scopa Italian Roots). This local neighborhood destination offers a playful take on traditional American fare paired with craft beer and cocktails in a 10,000-square-foot space sporting 55 flat-screen TVs. Look for steak and burgers, pizzas, salads and smaller plates of smoked chicken wings or shishito peppers. Sweets include the signature deep-fried Fluffer-Nutter dessert with peanut butter, marshmallow, bananas and sea salt. Sycamore Tavern, 7038 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-467-7038.
Healthy eatery sweetgreen opened a new location in Culver City, debuting a menu with warm bowls like pesto portobello and organic wild rice with kale and beets. Also look for the chain's well-known colorful salads and DIY bowls featuring premium proteins like citrus shrimp, local goat cheese, roasted steelhead and house-made hummus. sweetgreen, 8840 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-660-7471.
Former Patina chef Sevan Abdessian has transformed his casual Highland Park spot Recess Eatery into the new neighborhood gastropub 51 Tavern. A more “sharable" menu of tapas, small plates and craft cocktails are found in the remodeled venue that sports a lively sidewalk patio and garden setting in back. New dishes range from beer-battered Alaskan cod, sirloin sliders, edamame fatoush and shawarma tacos to labneh cheesecake and affogato for dessert. Lunch & Dinner daily. 51 Tavern, 5022 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 818-507-0592.
Baja California’s renowned chef Diego Hernandez (Corazon de Tierra) will open a contemporary Mexican restaurant, Verlaine, in West Hollywood in the former Dominick’s space on Beverly Boulevard. Look for a winter opening. Verlaine, 8715 Beverly Blvd., 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. 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.
The Federal Bar’s New Cocktail Hideaway
In the NoHo Arts District The Federal Bar has launched its new upstairs cocktail hideaway, “The Salon.” The cocktail menu is the brainchild of mixologist Damian Windsor (The Roger Room), offering classics and signature variations. Look for the Horse’s Neck, a version of a mule with Laird’s applejack, ginger beer, Angostura bitters and citrus oil, and the Suissesse, an old New Orleans-style cocktail that combines absinthe, crème de menthe, cream, egg white, grated almond and mint. Lush décor features velour wallpaper and brick walls, lounge seating in a library with red velvet drapes, a baby grand piano, Edison lighting and a wood bar that adjoins an island bar. Call ahead to make sure the lounge is open, since performances in the adjacent showroom sometimes take priority. Guests can generally count on cocktails Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 8 p.m. until late hours. The Salon at The Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-980-2555.
The Los Angeles Times Launches Food Bowl
The Los Angeles Times has launched Food Bowl, which will celebrate L.A.’s food scene throughout the month of May and promote social awareness about food waste and hunger. From May 1-31, hundreds of events will be on the schedule via programs with restaurants, chefs, bars, coffee shops, food trucks, hotels and markets. Night Market, happening May 10-14, will bring an outdoor dining experience to Grand Park that will include 50 restaurants and food trucks, drinks and live entertainment each evening. The Times Food staff, including Jonathan Gold, will host events during the festival. The lineup of events and charity partners will be announced on April 1. Visit the official site for updates on the L.A. Times Food Bowl.
James Beard Foundation to Announce 2017 Awards Nominees at a.o.c.
The James Beard Foundation will announce the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards nominees at a live press conference at a.o.c., the wine bar/restaurant from Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, on March 15, 2017. The event will take place at 9 a.m. and will be streamed via the James Beard Foundation's Facebook Live channel. The 2017 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on May 1, 2017, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. For more information, visit the official website. a.o.c., 8700 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-859-9859.
L'Ami Debuts Lunch
L’Ami in Santa Monica has debuted lunch service, now available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The romantic open-air garden terrace is a pretty place to enjoy organic, seasonal dishes like Mediterranean seared ahi salad, moules frites, chicken paillard, a croque madame or Angus beef burger. L'Ami, 246 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-310-8064.
Q Sushi Launches Premium Menu
Q, DTLA’s high-end omakase spot known for its traditional Japanese experience, is officially launching a special, premium menu. Chef Hiroyuki Naruke will add seasonal items to the new Botan menu like hairy crab from Hokkaido, lobster sashimi from Santa Barbara and boiled prawn nigiri. Because of the extra preparations and sourced ingredients, this menu requires 48 hours’ notice, and starts at $250. Q, 521 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-225-6285.
Former "Top Chef" contestant Nyesha Arrington announced via Facebook that she is cutting ties with her Venice restaurant, Leona. Leona, 123 W. Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-822-5379.
In Santa Monica, Joe Miller's Bar Pintxo will close in February 2017 following a decade-long run. Bar Pintxo, 109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-458-2012.
Atwater Village is losing longtime favorite Canelé later in spring 2017 due to rising rents. It’s reported that Gjelina duo David Wilcox and Guy Tabibian will open their restaurant Journeymen in the space, focusing on seasonal vegetable dishes. Canelé, 3219 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-666-7133.
Eagle Rock’s beloved brunch and bakery spot, Auntie Em’s Kitchen, closed after 15 years. Owner Terri Wahl will focus exclusively on her catering business, The Spotted Hen Catering, and teaching cooking classes in South Pasadena at Urban Kitchen. Auntie Em's Kitchen, 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, 323-255-0800.
Italian restaurant Bianconi is temporarily closed due to a fire. Bianconi, 8338 W. Third St., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 323-879-9777.
3 Square Café + Bakery in Venice closed after service on January 29, 2017. 3 Square Café + Bakery, 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
BLD, the beloved brunch spot from Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser, shuttered at the end of January 2017. The decade-old restaurant thanked its patrons and staff in a statement on its facebook page. BLD, 7450 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
The nearly century-old Formosa Cafe has closed. No word on if the closure is permanent or if it will reopen after a revamp or sale. Formosa Cafe, 7156 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, no phone.
Century City seafood mainstay Gulfstream has closed. No word on what will replace this large Westfield Century City mall space. Gulfstream, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
Adieu, Terrine! The French brasserie from restaurateur Stéphane Bombet and chef Kris Morningstar closed its doors after New Year's Eve 2017 after two years of service. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
Studio City’s charming Mexican seafood spot Maradentro has closed to make way for a more casual taco and cocktail joint this spring. Fans can still find most of the restaurant’s menu essentials at the Brentwood Maradentro location. Maradentro, 11929 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
In Chinatown’s Far East Plaza Ramen Champ closed on December 31, 2016. Ramen Champ, Far East Plaza, 727 N. Broadway. Ste. 203, Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
Nic's Restaurant & Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills closed its doors after its New Year's Eve bash. Nic's Restaurant & Martini Lounge, 453 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
Southern-inspired spot Willie Jane shuttered after service on December 11, 2016. Willie Jane, 1031 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Lobster roll shack Knuckle & Claw has closed its locations in Santa Monica and Silver Lake. Knuckle & Claw, 2715 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
Adam Fleischman and Stephen Gelber’s Spanish restaurant smoke.oil.salt. on Melrose Avenue has closed. smoke.oil.salt., 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, no phone.
Chef Sevan Abdessian (Patina) closed Recess Eatery in Highland Park and reopened it as 51 Tavern, a neighborhood gastropub. Recess Eatery, 5022 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA 90042, no phone.
The Santa Monica and Santa Barbara branches of The Hungry Cat have shuttered. The original Hollywood location of chef/owner David Lentz's seafood restaurant will remain open. The Hungry Cat, 100 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica, CA 90402, 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.
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