Los Angeles Restaurant News
Following up on the January opening of Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina in Santa Monica, the Italian concept has brought a location to West Hollywood. Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina, Sunset Plaza, 8630 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-5983.
Frozen Fruit Co has opened in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue, bringing a new type of soft serve (made solely from fruit) to the frozen dessert scene. The store's four flavors are Alphonso mango and strawberry; raspberry and orange; coconut; and cacao, date, pineapple and passionfruit. Frozen Fruit Co, 729 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 424-744-8860.
Afghani Kabob House has opened in Beverly Hills on Wilshire Boulevard. The restaurant took over the space previously occupied by Persian spot Pistachio Grill. Expect a menu of traditional Afghan dishes, including lamb shank in rice pilaf, stuffed breads, dumplings and beef, lamb and chicken kabobs. There’s also a cucumber mint yogurt drink and desserts like pistachio rosewater pudding or baklava. Afghani Kabob House, 8560 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-854-1020.
Mexican seafood restaurant La Carmencita Oracular Kitchen will open this fall in Hollywood on Highland Avenue. Guests will choose from a range of fresh ceviches, fish tacos and other Mexican seafood specialties. La Carmencita Oracular Kitchen, 1156 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
The Valley’s popular Famous Label’s Delicatessen has reopened at its original site in Tarzana. The eatery will once again serve classic Jewish deli items like hot pastrami, brisket and corned beef on rye, as well as chopped liver and knishes, burgers, salads and all-day breakfast. Famous Label's Delicatessen, 19005 Ventura Blvd ., Tarzana, CA 91356, 818-343-3195.
Los Angeles will get its own location of famed Parisian pastry boutique Ladurée, known for its colorful macrons. This store and restaurant at The Grove will join the global brand’s other United States branches in New York and Miami. Ladurée, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Los Feliz mourned the loss of Mother Dough, but coming soon to the Hollywood Boulevard space is Kismet from Brooklyn chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson (Glasserie, Blue Hill) who are teaming up with fellow chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) for a synergistic, modern Mediterranean concept. Kismet, 4648 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, no phone.
O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar will open in the former space of eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery in Santa Monica. The menu will offer Sicilian-style pizzas, meatballs, salads and crudo made with local ingredients, as well as a full bar and Cal-Italian wine list. O+O Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, 1705 Ocean Ave., Ste. 111, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
SBE will bring an outpost of Miami Italian restaurant Fi'lia to the new boutique James Hotel, which is set to open in West Hollywood in early 2017. Expect elevated Italian fare from chef Michael Schwartz (Fi'lia Miami, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink), including rustic pizzas, salads and a cocktail program from Zachary Patterson (Melrose Umbrella Co.). Fi’lia, James Hotel, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Pono Burger is now serving its organic, island-inspired burgers on the Sunset Strip. Exclusive to this branch are a selection of pupus (small plates such as teriyaki chicken skewers) and Pau Hana (happy hour) weekdays from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Pono Burger, 8830 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-666-0845.
Lost at Sea is Old Pasadena’s newest neighborhood seafood spot, courtesy of restaurateurs Santos Uy (Mignon, Papilles) and executive chef Tim Carey (Papilles). Carey turns out dishes with California ingredients imbued with French technique; look for high-end oysters; amberjack with tomatillo aguachile; snapper with shelling and wax beans, shimeji, tarragon fumet; and butterscotch pot de crème. Lost at Sea, 57 E. Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103, 323-553-0563.
In Sherman Oaks, chef Andre Guerrero (The Oinkster, Maximiliano) will open Ramen Room this fall on Ventura Boulevard, in his former Marché space. Expect a menu of ramen and Filipino specialties, with draft beers, wines and sakes. Ramen Room, 13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, no phone.
West Hollywood’s Rock and Reilly's Irish pub is opening a sister location in DTLA in the former FOH Mexican Restaurant. Don’t expect any more authentic Irish fare than the original spot’s Irish nachos, corned beef sliders, and tater tots, along with burgers, salads and a slew of bar food. To drink there will be whiskey flights, beer floats, assorted cocktails, and rotating draught taps. Look for an August opening. Rock and Reilly's, 615 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
Partners Beau Laughlin, Brett Cranston and Jay Milliken (Sawyer) have opened another concept on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. A 3,000-square-foot space that originally housed California Bank, Kettle Black boasts an original vault from when the venue was first built in 1922. Other focal points here include 17-foot ceilings, original tile and wood truss beams. Executive chef Sydney C. Hunter III (Café Pinot) heads up the kitchen, offering a rustic Italian menu with a variety of antipasti, plus dishes like orata crudo with sea bream, tangerine vinaigrette, pink peppercorns and malden salt; wood-oven pizza with crème fraiche, Yukon potato, broccolini and a sunny side-up egg; house-made gnocchi with braised lamb, sun-dried tomato and baby zucchini; and siciliano with sponge cake, candied pecans and smoked meringue. Dinner nightly. Kettle Black, 3705 W. Sunset Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-641-3705.
Here’s Looking at You, helmed by chef Jonathan Whitener (Animal), has opened in Koreatown. Whitener is offering a progressive menu with items such as sturgeon with aged rice porridge, chicken skin, caviar, buttermilk and seagrass; beef tartare with red chili, ramps, yolk, turnip and cress; and bubblegum ice cream with lychee and botanicals. Cocktails feature ingredients like pickled strawberry and beet-infused vodka, while the boutique wine list leans local or French. Dinner Wed.-Mon.
Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Steak & Whisky, etc.) has opened Suburbia in Redondo Beach. The menu of New American fare features options like poke, street corn "off the cob," fried chicken, spicy spaghetti and abura style ("soupless") ramen. Suburbia, 247 Avenida Del Norte, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, 424-398-0237.
Grill Concepts, Inc., the company behind hits like The Grill on the Alley and Public School, has opened seafood-focused Laurel Point. The Studio City space occupies a prime address on the second floor of Laurel Promenade --- it was home to the Daily Grill for more than two decades. Expect sushi, oysters and cocktails with fresh juices. Laurel Point, 12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-769-6336.
Chef Zach Pollack (Alimento) will open Cosa Buona in Echo Park. Expect Italian-American fare like eggplant Parmesan. Cosa Buona, 2100 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
In Echo Park, the new street level café is serving locally roasted coffees and offers curbside pick-up --- ideal for anyone passing by on their morning commute. There are breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. In the morning, bagels and lox, white chocolate French toast and omelets reign. Later in the day, choose from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches like a BrieLT, seasonal salads, wraps and “patortas” –-- a panini/torta mash-up. Desserts include brownies, pies and puddings. street level café, 1166 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-413-2233.
The space in Silver Lake formerly occupied by Koda is now under new ownership and has reopened as Kombu Sushi. There's a solid sushi menu plus udon and soba. Izkaya small plates range from agedashi tofu and dynamite mussels to tempura soft shell crab and miso-glazed black cod. Drinks include sake and Japanese beers. Consider sitting on the patio.
Downtown denizens are flocking to BrunchDTLA, a new and inexpensive food court stall serving up global breakfast, brunch and lunch items. Diners will find a bibimbap burrito, a kale corn burger and cauliflower stir-fry on the menu, as well as an Indian spiced chicken sandwich with mango chutney and a steak-and-eggs hash bowl. Fresh squeezed juices and cold brew coffee round out a meal. Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch daily. BrunchDTLA, Santee Court, 718 S. Los Angeles St., Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-944-8326.
Open since May 2016, Origin Café on Pico Boulevard offers breakfast, lunch and brunch with a stylish backdrop. The global (and kosher) menu, which utilizes seasonal, organic products, features the likes of shakshuka with preserved lemon and a sous-vide egg; lox Benedict with horseradish hollandaise; Moroccan-spiced salmon tacos; seared halibut with pineapple cucumber mint tzatziki; and roasted pumpkin with lime and green curry butter. Diners will also find high-end coffees and teas and sweets, including a brown butter bread pudding with date whipped cream. Origin Café, 8532 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 424-288-4682.
Bestia alums Zach Negin and Daniel Flores will open wine bar Tabula Rasa on Hollywood Boulevard in East Hollywood. Tabula Rasa Bar, 5125 Hollywood Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Hospitality group Knitting Factory Entertainment and the founders of Big Wangs and Tipsy Cow opened restaurant/bar El Tejano on July 26, 2016, in the NoHo Arts District. Expect an extensive Tex-Mex menu with an emphasis on specialty tacos and a range of salsas, along with favorites like Frito Pie, queso and chilis. There’s a large list of craft imported brews and domestic beer, as well as a vast selection of tequilas, mezcals and specialty margaritas. El Tejano, 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-985-8787.
In fall 2016, executive chef D. Brandon Walker and chef Jill Davie (Josie) will open neighborhood restaurant The Mar Vista. Walker --- who also serves as the executive chef of Bread and Roses Café, which feeds 750 homeless weekly --- will implement a 360° philanthropic business model, donating excess food to Bread and Roses Café and affording externship opportunities for students of the culinary training program he helms at St. Joseph’s Center. The Mar Vista will serve a menu of “progressive Los Angeles cuisine,” including dishes like lau lau with braised beef cheeks, white fish, smoked yucca, steamed collards and au jus. The Mar Vista, 12249 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 424-259-3093.
Pico and Crenshaw is now home to the first LA location of Southern favorite Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, specializing in spicy, Memphis-style birds. Order pieces al la carte or as a plated meal. Starters and sides include fried pickles, fried okra, baked beans, mac 'n' cheese, collard greens and cole slaw. There’s soda and beer to drink and pie for dessert --- pecan, chess or sweet potato. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, 1262 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018, 323-402-0232.
Pastry chef Lincoln Carson (Superba Food + Bread) is creating traditional and gourmet versions of New Orleans’ famed doughnut, the beignet, at the new Beverly Hills Beignet. Expect classic powdered sugar treats alongside edgier versions made with pink Himalayan sea salt and caramel; dark chocolate with cayenne; Nueske bacon with maple bourbon honey dipping sauce; and roasted artichoke with lemon aioli. There’s French press coffee by the pot and lemonade to drink. Beverly Hills Beignet, 9527 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-926-5873.
At Magpies Softserve in Silver Lake, Chef Warren Schwartz (Patina, Westside Tavern) is whipping up handmade, gourmet ice cream in flavors like yuzu honey, green tea brown rice, and malted milk chocolate. Topping options include chocolate covered honeycomb and toasted maple coconut chips. Cold-brewed coffee floats are on offer, too. Magpies Softserve, 2660 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-486-7094.
Owners Philip Moses (Bestia, Ray's & Stark Bar) and Christopher Chi (Bestia, Blue Hill at Stone Barns) have launched their new gourmet food truck, Pico House. Find four grain bowls including Robertson Short Rib with beef bacon, pasilla puree, broccoli, swiss chard, radicchio, tomato chutney, and crispy shallots; Crenshaw Meatballs with pork & chicken meatball, coconut curry, garbanzo beans, jicama slaw, and honey roasted peanuts; Grandma’s Pork with gochujang braised pork shoulder, chrysanthemum purée, garlic confit, green kale, and sesame vinaigrette; and Union Lamb with harissa roasted lamb shoulder, carrot puree, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, mint, and goat cheese.
Dave Woodall (Melisse, Blair’s) and wife Alexis Martin Woodall will open a stylish two-story restaurant, Red Herring, in Eagle Rock later this summer. Expect an American menu of small and large plates, plus wine and cocktails. Red Herring, 1661 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, no phone.
Chef/owner Jonathan Yao (Coi, Alma) has opened Kato on Santa Monica Boulevard in West L.A., offering a refined selection of Japanese/Taiwanese dishes. Look for a five-course tasting menu with the likes of smoked hamachi with charred scallion and cucumber; beef tartare with garum, black garlic, kombu and yolk jam; and buttermilk pudding topped with guava ice. Dinner nightly. Kato, 11925 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, 424-535-3041.
71Above has opened on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. Chef Vartan Abgaryan departed Cliff's Edge to helm the restaurant. 71Above, 633 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-712-2683.
Pono Burger has brought its organic, island-inspired burgers to Venice. Exclusive to this location is a quinoa burger featuring a house-made quinoa patty, tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, coleslaw and chef Makani's signature crunch made from house-made Russet potato chips. Pono Burger, The Frank, 512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-392-6200.
Butcher shop and restaurant Gwen, the project from chef Curtis Stone (Maude) and brother Luke Stone, has opened. The restaurant accepts reservations via Tock's website. Gwen, 6600 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-946-7500.
The former Santa Monica space of JiRaffe has been transformed into a second location of Maré, chef Eric Greenspan's Mediterranean seafood restaurant. Maré, 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-917-6671.
Craft Shack (a concept from Simms Restaurant Group) has opened at The Point, the shopping, dining and entertainment destination in El Segundo. Craft Shack, 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245, 310-414-5280.
Downtown’s popular Bottega Louie will open a second location in West Hollywood sometime in 2017. Expect another elegant, sprawling venue (over 8,000 square feet) with a patio, a similar menu to the DTLA store, and, of course, a deluxe bakery. Bottega Louie, 8940 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Wild Poke has opened on the Venice Boardwalk, offering signature poke bowls full of tuna, salmon, spicy tuna or tofu. Guests can also build their own bowl and pick from additional toppings like lotus chips. There’s also cold-pressed watermelon juice to drink. Order at the walk-up window and grab one of a few stools, or take your easily portable bowl to the beach. Wild Poke, 1301 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, 310-314-0635.
Taiwanese bakery chain 85°C has over 900 stores worldwide, and the 18th U.S. location is now open in DTLA, offering a variety of hot and iced espresso coffee drinks, boba teas, smoothies and bakery specialties. Popular favorites include the iced sea salt coffee, marble taro bread and mango creme brulee cake. 85°C, 700 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-623-1885.
Silver Lake Boulevard will be home to Botanica in early winter. Owners Heather Sperling and Emily Fiffer will offer a high-end menu of healthful, vegetarian-focused seasonal fare. The venue will include a patio and market. Botanica, 1620 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Cre8 Crepes has opened in the Hollywood Boulevard space once occupied by hot dog joint Skooby’s. Patrons will find hot, sweet crepes stuffed with the likes of Nutella and apple cinnamon or maple banana and nuts. Cold crepes with mango, peaches, or strawberries plus vanilla ice cream are also on the menu. Cre8 Crepes, 6654 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-468-3647.
Adolfo Suaya and his son Kelian Suaya, as well as Ryan Sweeney, Alen Aivazian and Brandon Bradford of Goat Group, have launched The Phoenix on West Third Street. There's a small steak-driven menu, plus dishes like chicken Paillard and grilled Merguez lamb sausage. To drink, pick from an extensive list of scotches, whiskeys, bourbons and cognacs. Cocktails range from the rye-based “Smokey and the Bandit” to a Junipero gin-based Negroni. The space features a pretty outside patio ideal for summer sipping. Dinner nightly. The Phoenix, 8480 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-5030.
Eggslut will open a location in Venice. The concept started as a food truck, then continued to gain a following for its gourmet egg sandwiches with a quick-service counter at Grand Central Market. Eggslut, 1611 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Palihouse West Hollywood's al fresco hotel restaurant is now Mardi Restaurant, with chef Kris Tominga (Hart & The Hunter, Cadet) helming the stoves. Expect a sprawling social scene and California cuisine with dishes like escargot ricotta toast, black cod and shiitake soup, venison carpaccio, skate wing with brown butter, and shared platters of cumin rubbed lamb spare ribs, slow roasted pork neck and roasted chicken. Mardi Restaurant, Palihouse West Hollywood, 8465 Holloway Dr., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-656-4020.
Geoffrey Zakarian (Georgie) introduces The Garden Bar, a sophisticated, luxe day and night cocktail spot in the Montage Beverly Hills. Craft cocktails ($16-$22 each) include a Prickly Pearjito and Rat Pack Manhattan. Small bites feature fresh oysters, goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms, ling cod brandade and Ossetra caviar service. Also find an upscale selection of teas, boutique wines by the glass, and craft beers. An outdoor patio overlooks the Beverly Canon Gardens. The Garden Bar, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-5832.
In Silverlake, Burmese restaurant Daw Yee Myanmar Corner is soft open for lunch and dinner. The sister restaurant to Delyn Chow’s acclaimed eatery in Monterey Park features fried Myanmar tofu, vegan samosa soup, national dish mohinga (catfish noodle chowder), garlic noodles with shredded duck leg, and a variety of traditional Burmese curries. Daw Yee Myanmar Corner, 2837 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-413-0568.
Chef David Schlosser (Urasawa, Ginza Sushiko) has opened Shibumi, a high-end Japanese restaurant in downtown L.A. on Hill Street, focusing on kappo and kaiseki cuisine. The kappo menu is served at a 400-year-old cypress counter, and a separate back room hosts a 10-course kaiseki tasting menu experience. The menu features heritage pork and beef, seafood, tofu and rice, and fermented vegetables. Shibumi, 815 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-265-7923.
New York restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian makes his West Coast debut with Georgie at the Montage Beverly Hills, located in the former Scarpetta space. Georgie, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-7970.
The owners of Britannia Pub have opened Burgers N Brews in the former Santino’s space in Santa Monica. Expect traditional grass-fed beef burgers on brioche buns alongside innovative patties such as lamb with goat cheese and fresh mint sauce, pulled pork with kale and cabbage slaw, and panko-crusted Atlantic cod with cheddar and curry. Diners will also find plenty of craft brews on tap, from Deadpan Pilsner to Elysian Dragon’s Tooth, plus sports playing on big-screen televisions. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily. Burgers N Brews, 3021 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-450-5854.
The new 365 by Whole Foods market is home to chic vegan restaurant by CHLOE. in Silver Lake. A sister spot to Chloe Coscarelli’s New York City venue, the new eatery offers counter seating and tables for lunch and dinner daily. Menu items include a quinoa taco salad, smoky Portobello mushroom barbecue, smashed avocado toast, a black bean burger and mac 'n' cheese made with cashew cheese sauce and shitake bacon. by CHLOE., 365 by Whole Foods, 2520 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-378-3891.
At the cute new Lobster & Beer in Palms, there is plenty of lobster --- think beer-steamed lobster tail and traditional rolls, as well as tacos, quesadillas, grilled cheese and loaded lobster tots. Ahi poke bowls and kale salad (as well as a lobster kale salad) are other options. To drink, expect a variety of Cali wines and craft beers, alongside a full bar. For dessert, there’s a warm Rocky Road brownie with vanilla bean ice cream. Lobster & Beer, 3456 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034, 424-298-8106.
Look for a Fall 2016 opening for the West Hollywood location of New York seafood spot Catch. The rooftop space will feature a retractable roof. Catch, 8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
The health-conscious chain True Food Kitchen will open a location in Pasadena. The menu offers a selection of shareable appetizers, pizzas, salads and signatures, such as a quinoa burger, tacos and spaghetti squash casserole. True Food Kitchen, 168 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91204, no phone.
Highland Park will add another notch to its belt with Café Birdie, a stylish and sprawling 160-seat bistro helmed by chef/partner Joey Booterbaugh (The Hungry Cat). Expect a Cal-Med menu and a long bar with craft cocktails. Café Birdie, 5631 Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
Chef Evan Funke (Bucato) will open Felix in the former Joe’s Restaurant space in Venice on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Expect exceptional house-made pastas, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and other seasonal Italian specialties. Felix, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Phillip Frankland Lee (Scratch Bar & Kitchen, The Gadarene Swine) is teaming up with Luke Reyes to open Oh Man! Ramen in Encino in late Summer 2016. The menu will offer cold and hot shareable plates, hibachi-grilled proteins, and traditional ramen bowls with vegan and gluten-free noodle options. Every item will be made from scratch, including an all-natural version of "MSG." Oh Man! Ramen, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., #242, Encino, CA 91436, no phone.
Chef Ricardo Zarate (Mo-Chica, Paiche) will return to the local dining scene with Rosaliné, a new Peruvian restaurant in the former Comme Ça space in West Hollywood. Rosaliné, 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Odys & Penelope Launches Weekend Brunch
Quinn and Karen Hatfield’s Odys & Penelope is now offering weekend brunch. Look for grilled focaccia avocado toast; summer chops with peach, lemon cucumber, feta and mizuna; yeast-raised buckwheat Belgian waﬄes with chocolate chips; a ham-and-chese baked omelet; and warm skillet buns with maple brown-butter glaze. Odys & Penelope, 127 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-939-1033.
A Tribute to Michel Richard
The culinary world mourns the passing of chef/restaurateur Michel Richard, who died August 13, 2016, at the age of 68. His Citrus restaurant in Los Angeles became the Mecca where Nouvelle Cuisine met America. Read André Gayot’s tribute.
Vinoteca Serving Coffee at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Stop by Vinoteca at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for house-made pastries and a jolt of java in the morning. In September 2016, the space will expand its hours as an Italian-inspired wine bar. Vinoteca, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-860-4000.
Terrine Debuts New Brunch Menu and Rosé All Day
At Terrine, chef Kris Morningstar is set to debut a new brunch menu August 13, 2016. Look for the Terrine burger benedict with brioche, watercress red onion confit, Comté cheese, a sunny egg and béarnaise; a smoked trout potato cake with frisée salad, horseradish crème fraiche, a sunny egg and trout roe; and a warm vegetarian grain bowl. The new brunch also introduces their “Rosé All Day,” a deal that offers guests a bottomless glass of Pichard & Jourdan Chinon Rosé for $20. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
The Cannibal Launches Weekend Brunch
The Cannibal Beer & Butcher in Culver City has launched a new weekend brunch menu, available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Highlights include a "German Breakfast" charcuterie board, the "Cannibal Benedict" (crumpet, beef tartare, poached egg, béarnaise), Easter pie (a traditional Italian dish with meat and cheese in a pastry crust) and a green bloody Mary with fire roasted tomatillo. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher, Platform, 8850 Washington Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-838-2783.
Hanjip Launches New Weekend “All You Can Eat” Korean BBQ Brunch
In Culver City, Hanjip has launched an all-you-can-eat weekend brunch, available every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The all-new offer (with $19 or $24 options) features a wide selection of premium meats, including chef Oh’s signature USDA prime beef bulgogi and kurobuta pork, a daily assortment of seasonal banchan (such as kimchi, seasoned broccoli, and dried squid), plus rice. Hanjip, 3829 Main St., Culver City, CA 90232, 323-720-8804.
Boxwood's Summertime Rooftop Sunday Brunch
Boxwood on the Roof at The London West Hollywood has debuted Rooftop Sunday Brunch, taking place every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expect luxe brunch specials including lobster Benedict, duck hash, steak and eggs with smoked Bernaise, and Dungeness crab toast. Guests might pair their meal with an elderflower mimosa or watermelon Bellini. Boxwood on the Roof, The London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-358-7788.
Yamashiro Reopened Under New Operators
Yamashiro in Hollywood is open under new management --- BNG Group and Sugar Factory. The team plans to renovate the venue in the next few months but will remain open. New executive chef Christophe Bonnegrace (Buddha Bar and Little Buddha, Las Vegas) will implement several innovative food and beverage concepts to be announced in coming weeks. Expect the addition of amenities such as a sushi bar, robata grill, a teppanyaki grill and a new lounge. Extended hours run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. to midnight on weekends. Yamashiro, 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068, 323-466-5125.
Boxwood on the Roof Offers Al Fresco Summer Dining Concept
The London West Hollywood has launched summer culinary concept Boxwood on the Roof. In addition to its stellar city views, the rooftop spin-off of Boxwood offers dishes by executive chef Anthony Keene, including king salmon nicoise with a basil pistou; tagliatelle pasta with short rib and wild mushrooms; Black Angus filet mignon with smoked béarnaise; dungeness crab toast with green papaya; and sticky lamb ribs with tikka masala. Boxwood on the Roof, The London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-358-7788.
Connie and Ted's Launches New Daily Specials
Connie and Ted’s has launched a new “Something Special Every Day” menu. Available daily from 4 p.m. to close, Michael Cimarusti’s WeHo eatery offers a rotating seafood-centric special priced from $16-$32, created by executive chef Sam Baxter. Highlights include baked stuffed lobster (Mondays), fish tacos (Thursdays) and cioppino (Sundays.) Beverage director Hoang Nguyen has also selected a supplementary wine, beer or cocktail pairing at a value-driven price. Connie and Ted's, 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-848-2722.
Fig & Olive's Aperitivo Happy Hour
Fig & Olive’s new “Aperitivo” happy hour runs daily in the bar and lounge from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can choose from summer garden cocktails ($8) made with fresh ingredients such as muddled blackberries and rosemary-thyme syrup. Bites include prosciutto, ricotta, fig, olive and walnut crostini; a truffle mushroom croquette; lamb meatballs with gremolata; and sliders, all priced from $5 to $10. Fig & Olive, 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-9100.
DOMA executive chef Dustin Trani, one of GAYOT's 2013 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S., has announced that he'll be moving on from the Beverly Hills restaurant. He says there will be "big news on the horizon" regarding his next move, so stay tuned! DOMA, 362 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-277-7346.
Former chef at Little Sparrow, Eric Sanmaniego, is now the chef de cuisine at Michael’s on Naples Ristorante. Michael's on Naples Ristorante, 5620 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803, 562-439-7080.
Former Alma duo Ari Taymor and Ashleigh Parsons are taking over the kitchen at The Standard Hollywood following a harmonious residency there. Look for breakfast, lunch and dinner menus "inspired by the landscape and terroir of Southern California." Many fans hope that popular Alma dishes will reappear here, such as Taymor's seaweed and tofu beignets topped with yuzu koshu and lime; frozen foie gras with smoked maple, coffee granola and carrots; and Jidori chicken with chanterelle, apricot and vadouvan. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily. The Standard Hollywood, 8300 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-650-9090.
Executive chef Teresa Montaño has left Pasadena’s Ración to open a new L.A. restaurant in 2017. Her sous chef Shane Alvord is the new chef de cuisine. Racion, 119 W. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-396-3090.
Chef Steven Fretz has left The Church Key due to a rumored dispute with the restaurant’s partners. There is no news on his replacement nor on the chef's next destination. The Church Key, 8730 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-249-3700.
Chef Andrew Pastore has stepped in at Clifton’s cafeteria in DTLA. He has overhauled the menu --- keeping a few classics --- and created new late-night offerings. Served from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., these options include pizzas, cheese, sandwich and charcuterie platters, as well as chocolate chip cookies and s'mores cupcakes. Clifton's, 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-627-1673.
The folks behind Peruvian favorite Los Balcones in Hollywood have closed Chavela Comida y Sangria, the vegan restaurant next door. Chavela Comida y Sangria, 1358 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
Your days to enjoy a beachside meal at Gladstone's may be numbered. Its agreement with the County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors is reportedly scheduled to end in October 2017. Gladstone's, 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, 310-454-3474.
Craft beer bar Barrel Down in downtown Los Angeles will close on August 28, 2016. It will be replaced by Brack Shop Tavern, a new concept from Last Word Hospitality. Barrel Down, 525 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-232-8657.
In Westwood, the popular Glendon Bar & Kitchen has closed. Glendon Bar & Kitchen, 1071 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, no phone.
Los Feliz Mexican stalwart El Chavo is closing after Labor Day weekend. The restaurant had recently reinvented itself with chefs Phillip Frankland Lee (Scratch Bar & Kitchen) and Alejandro Carasco helming the stoves. El Chavo, 4441 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-664-0871.
Din Tai Fung’s historic first U.S. location in Arcadia is temporarily closed for renovations. Taiwanese dumpling lovers can head to the Din Tai Fung that opened at the Westfield Santa Anita mall a few blocks away. There are also plenty of seats available at the newish location of Din Tai Fung at The Americana at Brand in Glendale. Din Tai Fung, 1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007, no phone.
The Culver City location of the healthful LYFE Kitchen has closed. Fans of the chain can visit the the Playa Vista store, which remains open. LYFE Kitchen, 9540 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
Chef Alain Giraud's Maison Giraud closed on July 10, 2016, due to construction on the Palisades Village project. Maison Giraud, 1032 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, no phone.
Santa Monica's eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery has closed. eLOVate Vegan Kitchen & Juicery, 1705 Ocean Ave., Ste. 111, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Haute cocktail bar The Fiscal Agent, upstairs from Studio City’s Barrel & Ashes, has closed. Plans to expand the barbecue restaurant into the space are already in the works. The Fiscal Agent, 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
Phillip Frankland Lee’s popular Studio City restaurant The Gadarene Swine closed July 2, 2016 due to a partnership dispute. Lee hopes to open another plant-based restaurant in the future, but fans can still find some of his signature vegetarian dishes at Scratch Bar & Kitchen in Encino. The Gadarene Swine, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
Picnic LA, an upscale cafeteria-style spot in Culver City, has shuttered. Picnic LA, 9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90323, no phone.
Chef-owner Nadav Bashan has closed his eponymous Glendale restaurant. His cooking at Bashan Restaurant perfectly illustrated how our palates evolve and are constantly searching for better and more innovative cuisines. Bashan Restaurant, 3459 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale, CA 91208, no phone.
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