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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

Making the jump from NYC, chef/restaurateur April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room) has opened Hearth & Hound in the former The Cat & Fiddle location on Sunset Boulevard. Hearth & Hound, 6530 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-320-4022.
 
San Francisco restaurant Saison is expanding with Angler in Los Angeles San Francisco restaurant Saison is expanding with a new, seafood-focused concept, Angler, which will open first  in the Bay Area and later in Los Angeles. In LA, the raw bar and grill will open in Fall 2018 at the Beverly Center (joining Michael Mina's Cal Mare). Angler, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
The third location of Cleo opened on December 2, 2017, on West Third Street in The Orlando Hotel. In a sprawling space with Middle Eastern design and a large patio, chef Danny Elmaleh offers a sophisticated Mediterranean menu. Expect shareable mezze like crispy artichoke hummus, grilled octopus, harissa tuna tartare and spicy cigars alongside duck matzo ball soup, Moroccan lamb, saffron chicken and seared branzino. Dinner nightly. Cleo, The Orlando Hotel, 8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-579-1600.
 
Chef Michael Hung (Mama Lion) has opened XO, a restaurant and marketplace, on Beverly Boulevard. Expect a bright, modern industrial space with red metal chairs and black banquettes, and cases with gourmet to-go salads, sandwiches and other dishes, as well as beer and wine. Look for a Cal-Asian menu with the likes of Burmese salad, chicken and black soy stuffed wontons, roasted pork belly banh mi and lemongrass Jidori chicken. XO, 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-903-0016.
 
Highland Park welcomes Côté Est, a smart French neighborhood bistro from Eastside restaurateurs Claudio and Adria Blotta, in the former 51 Tavern space on York Boulevard. The lofty wood-beamed dining room has romantic lighting and a long bar, and a patio is out back. The menu from executive chef Alex Ageneau includes steak tartare with smoked beets, escargot, seared foie gras tartine with quince, fried skate wing, duck confit, and cheese and charcuterie. Dinner nightly. Côté Est, 5022 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-739-6762.
 
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is set to debut inside the reimagined Beverly Center mall in Spring 2018. As with its other locations in Miami Beach, Las Vegas and Singapore, the classic Southern cooking will include chicken ‘n’ watermelon ‘n’ waffles, deviled eggs, and house-made buttermilk biscuits. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Boyle Heights welcomes X’tiosu Kitchen offering Mexican and Middle Eastern flavors billed as “Oaxacan Arabesque.” Look for specialties such as chicken shawarma tacos, pita burritos with beef kabob or falafel, Oaxacan hummus, nopales tabbouleh and fried cauliflower. Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat. X’tiosu Kitchen, 923 Forest Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033, 323-526-8844.
 
In Manhattan Beach, two Parisian restaurateurs have opened the charming Les P’Tits Bretons, offering traditional cuisine from Brittany, France, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Look for croque madames, crêpes, a buckwheat galette and omelets earlier in the day, and lobster bisque with Cognac, cream and tarragon, Brittany sardines, roasted Camembert, and duck breast with fig sauce for dinner. Expect a French wine list. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Les P'Tits Bretons, 2201 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 424-350-7890.
 
Little Ruby has debuted in Santa Monica. The folks behind Eveleigh and Goldie’s have created a beachy café with a patio out front and a bright, whitewashed interior offset with touches of marble, teak and brass. The menu offers fresh, seasonal dishes inspired by the kitchen’s new beachside home. Chef/partner Thomas Lim (Goldie’s LA) creates a variety of salads, pastas and burgers, alongside signature specialties like the cauli rice bowl and sticky date pudding. Breakfast brings ricotta hotcakes, green eggs and banana bread with passionfruit butter. Expect Australian beer and wine, as well as spritz style cocktails. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Little Ruby, 109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-322-8353.
 
Restaurateur Adolfo Suaya has partnered with son Kelian Suaya and Darren Crane (Crane's Bar) to open Paloma Hollywood, a tequileria on Hollywood Boulevard located in the former Osaka space. Look for a selection of nearly 200 tequilas and mezcals including Bozal Tobasiche, which features a wild agave that needs twelve to thirteen years to fully mature. Expect craft cocktails and a menu highlighting chicken tinga tacos in adobo sauce with sour cream, a filet mignon burrito de lomo, and the vegetarian ensalada de la casa. Paloma also serves 12 craft beers on tap like those from local Frogtown Brewery and Santa Monica Brew Works. Dinner nightly. Paloma Hollywood, 6327 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-498-5874.
 
Chef-restaurateur Michael Mina has opened Cal Mare at the Beverly Center Chef-restaurateur Michael Mina has opened Cal Mare at the Beverly Center. Italy’s coast and California inspire the restaurant, and the menu highlights local ingredients. Cal Mare, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 424-332-4595.
 
The former SMYC location in Santa Monica has been reborn as Native, a restaurant from "Top Chef" alum Nyesha Arrington (formerly of Leona). Native, 620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-458-4427.
 
Eataly in Los Angeles is open at Westfield Century City Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich & co. have brought the successful Italian market and food court, Eataly, to Los Angeles. The massive location at the Westfield Century City mall features countless counters for snacking, plenty of shopping and three restaurants. Eataly, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 213-310-8000.
 
189 by Dominique Ansel has opened at The Grove in Los Angeles French pastry chef Dominique Ansel, chef/owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery and Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York, has opened 189 by Dominique Ansel, a bakery and full-service restaurant at The Grove in Los Angeles. Patrons routinely line up for his famous invention the "Cronut," a half croissant-half doughnut. However, this project also features savory options and a full bar program. 189 by Dominique Ansel, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-978-5545.
 
Oriel is a stylish and sophisticated new wine bar in Chinatown. Look for a French bistro menu from chef Evan Algorri (Bouley NYC) with French onion soup, potato gratin with parsnip and chard, bone marrow with capers and shallots, escargots, steak tartare, a croque monsieur and loup de mer meunière. There are also cheese and charcuterie selections to graze on, along with a smart, all-French wine list and several draught beers and ciders. Dinner nightly. Oriel, 1135 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-253-9419.
 
Twohey’s Tavern in Pasadena is an elegantly industrial new sibling to popular longtime Alhambra restaurant Twohey’s. Chef Travis Limoge will offer a modern interpretation of Twohey’s original 1940s menu that includes Santa Barbara black cod with charred fennel; a Prime Spencer steak with roasted turnips; fried chicken; and a specialty burger called the “Stinko 2.0” sporting caramelized onion and garlic aïoli. Twohey's Tavern, 2835 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107, 626-449-2337.
 
In DTLA chef Michael Cimarusti has flipped the Ace Hotel’s former restaurant LA Chapter into Best Girl, a new “neighborhood bistro.” Look for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, with the spotlight on dishes from familiar territory such as oysters, crudo and jumbo lump crabcakes, as well as more terrestrial fare of grilled Duroc pork chop, stuffed paccheri with bitter greens, and a Porterhouse for two. Best Girl, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 927 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-235-9660.
 
Farmhouse restaurant will sprout next year on the ground floor of Beverly Center, featuring a rotating, seasonal menu created with products sourced mainly from, and focused on, Kenter Canyon Farms. Offerings will also include sustainably raised meat, and look for roasted specialties from the wood-fire oven. Farmhouse, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
One of Japan’s most popular izakaya chains, Harajuku Taproom, opens its first LA location in Culver City. The restaurant offers craft beer and a menu featuring a broad selection of kushiyaki (grilled skewers), gyoza, and small appetizers. Dinner nightly. Harajuku Taproom, 4410 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230, 310-398-9000.
 
Anatra has opened in the Fashion District, offering an elegant, upscale Cal-Italian menu from chef/co-owner Peyman Rasi (The Raymond, Locanda Veneta). Look for seared foie gras with poached peaches and cardamom caramel, lobster tail with green pea and shallot, risotto with pheasant breast, and Prime filet. Anatra, 217 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-395-0637.
 
Kai Poké has opened in Woodland Hills. The menu features local, seasonal and sustainable poké bowls. Signature bowls include the Spicy Ponzu Tuna (spicy ponzu, hijiki, avocado), Yuzu Miso Salmon (white miso, edamame, radish) and Roasted Beets (shredded kale, pickled ginger, red onion, toasted almonds, macadamia nuts). Complement your meal with an iced tea brewed in-house. Lunch & Dinner daily. Kai Poké, El Camino Shopping Center, 23349B Mulholland Dr., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-912-6799.
 
Look for late night ramen (until 4 a.m.) in K-town at the new Ten Ramen. There’s a spicy tonkotsu ramen with an 18-hour pork broth, spicy seafood ramen and a spicy miso variety, too. Appetizers range from takoyaki, a Japanese street food made of battered and fried octopus, to corn cheese and sesame chicken; bowls include an unagi don, bulgogi and spicy tuna. Quench your thirst with a “detox water” of lychee and white grape, with pineapple and mint. Lunch & Dinner daily. Ten Ramen, 3324 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90020, 213-908-5823.
 
In Culver City, Rocky’s Food & Beverage is now open on Sepulveda Boulevard. The American menu’s stylish brunch items range from cathead biscuits and gravy to rib-eye steak and eggs, pistachio pancakes and a vegan scramble. For lunch and dinner find salads, burgers and sandwiches, miso glazed salmon, pulled pork and baby-back ribs. To drink there are beer and cider cocktails, sangría and a bottomless michelada. Rocky’s Food & Beverage, 4357 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230, 424-500-2130.
 
In Old Town Torrance, fans of Oaxacan cuisine can now find their favorite dishes and drinks at the colorful Madre. Look for rojo, verde, amarillo and negro moles, tamales, burritos, tortas, empanadas and tacos alongside margaritas and a huge list of curated mezcals and tequilas. There’s live music on weekends, too. Lunch & Dinner daily. Madre, 1261 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance, CA 90501, 310-974-8005.
 
Davenport’s Restaurant has opened in Encino right off the 405. The menu offers Prime steaks, ribs and burgers as well as luxe items like a lobster Cobb salad, crab beignets and smoked trout spread on crostini. There’s also a raw bar with a selection of East and West Coast oysters and a sushi/sashimi menu. Look for a full bar and an extensive wine list. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Davenport's Restaurant, 16120 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-855-1203.
 
Tocaya Organica, a casual restaurant known for its modern organic Mexican cuisine, will join the new eatery lineup coming to Westfield Century City. Opening this fall, the 4,000-square-foot spot will offer indoor and outdoor patio seating and an open kitchen. Dishes will include the signature al pastor taco and seasonal menu items like the Farmers’ Market Bowl. Tocaya Organica, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
 
The h.wood Group’s John Terzian and Brian Toll have opened Petite Taqueria, a modern Mexican restaurant with Japanese influence offering taqueria-style dishes. The standalone “Omakase bar” is stationed on the upper level across from an outdoor al fresco patio and private looking glass room. Chef Jeffrey Arrieta helms the main kitchen stoves, while chef John Carlos Kuramoto will be preparing chef’s choice “omakase” tastings that highlight specialty tacos and tostadas. Dinner nightly. Petite Taqueria, 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-855-7223.
 
Cocina Cilantro offers healthy Mexican fare in Glendale, with a menu of organic, non-GMO dishes that incorporate grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. The gluten-free tacos range from carne asada and lengua to shrimp and soy; also look for loaded Mexi-Cali fries, ceviche, a beet tostada, cilantro-lime rice and kale quinoa salad. Cocina Cilantro, 247 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203, 818-484-7248.
 
El Zarape adds a new Mexican option to the east end of Melrose. Look for breakfasts with omelets and chilaquiles, and later on ceviches, enchiladas, tacos and combination plates. To drink there’s Mexican beer, micheladas and sangría. El Zarape, 4809 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-848-4609.
 
Mole impresario Rocio Camacho (Don Chente, La Casita Mexicana) has opened her own restaurant called Tacos & Mezcal in Bell in the former Corazon y Miel space. Her specialty here is Oaxacan cuisine, ranging from appetizers like bacon-wrapped jalapeños and octopus salad to specialty tacos de cazuela (casserole, or stew) filled with braised pork, rajas, skirt steak or the more exotic nopales and grasshopper. Tacos & Mezcal, 6626 Atlantic Ave., Bell, CA 90201, 323-537-2789.
 
Testa has opened in DTLA Testa is now open downtown with a contemporary Cal-Italian menu and cocktails from Devon Espinosa. Chef Marty Shield (Woodley Proper) dishes up grilled prawns with bagna cauda, beet risotto, roasted chicken with smoked rainbow carrots and mascarpone semifreddo. Look for a select offering of Italian, French and California wines. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Testa, 1111 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-973-5013.
 
In DTLA’s Arts District, the restaurant group behind Zuma will open a sprawling 8,000 square foot robata eatery called Inko Nito. Look for cocktails, too. Expect a winter debut. Inko Nito, 225-227 S. Garey St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
 
Burbank’s Guildhall is an eSports/board game lounge, offering 150 old-fashioned board and tabletop games and streaming eSports events on several TV screens. The bar menu features a Juicy Lucy burger, grilled chicken sandwich, mixed green salad, hummus and pita, and Buffalo chicken strips. Lunch & Dinner daily. Guildhall, 3516 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505, 818-561-4552.
 
Vegan eatery Bodhi Bowl has opened in DTLA. Specialties include plant-based bowls featuring the likes of quinoa, lentils and kale with lemon mint dressing; soba noodles with sweet chili tofu; and brown rice with curried garbanzos. Also find a variety of panini, wraps, soups and smoothies. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Bodhi Bowl, 645 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-622-6560.
 
In Beverly Hills, Chaumont Street offers a healthy, fast-casual café menu including bowls made with lemongrass chicken, wild salmon or grass-fed beef on top of organic jade rice, veggies and herbs. For dessert, try a “frossant” of organic ice cream in a croissant cone. Chaumont Street, 145 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 424-335-0622.
 
Quinn and Karen Hatfield have opened The Mighty in DTLA Husband-and-wife team Quinn and Karen Hatfield (Odys & Penelope, The Sycamore Kitchen) have ventured downtown with The Mighty, a casual restaurant serving up organic salads, sandwiches, house-made pastas, rotisserie chicken and more. The Mighty, 108 W. Second St. #105, Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-278-0025.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Maude restaurant will change its monthly tasting menu format Year-End Changes for Maude
After the year 2017 comes to a close, chef Curtis Stone's Maude restaurant will change its monthly tasting menu format. Consider visiting for one of the final themes: "Greatest Hits" in October ($195), "White Truffle" in November ($350) and "Black Truffle" for December. Reservations are required. In 2018, the Beverly Hills restaurant will present quarterly-changing tasting menus inspired by wine regions. Maude, 212 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-859-3418.
 

UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS

Former chef Marty Shield has left the downtown Italian restaurant Testa, and Sydney Hunter III has jumped from Silver Lake's Kettle Black to helm the stoves and create new menus. Testa, 1111 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-973-5013.
 
Chef Michael Cimarusti (Providence, Connie & Ted's) has a new project: Best Girl at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Best Girl, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-623-3233.
 
Chef Michael Hung (Mama Lion) will oversee the kitchen at XO, an eatery/marketplace opening in the former location of Stir Market. XO, 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
 
Chef/partner Kyle Schutte has left The Flats in Beverly Hills, with chef Paul Shoemaker (Bastide, Providence, Firefly) stepping up to helm the stoves and create new menus. Mixologist Marcos Tello will work alongside Shoemaker to revamp the cocktails. The Flats, 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-909-7549.
 
Suthiporn “Tui” Sungkamee, the chef of one of LA’s most authentic and popular Thai Town restaurants, Jitlada, has died of lung cancer. He will be remembered for popularizing the cuisine of Southern Thailand and his signature menu of fiery favorites. He is survived by his sister Jazz Singsanong, who is also co-owner of Jitlada. Jitlada, 5233 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-667-9809.
 

LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Eagle Rock’s longtime all-day café The Coffee Table has closed. Locals had enjoyed the neighborhood fixture for 20 years, and it will be missed. The Coffee Table, 1958 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, no phone.
 
Chef Brendan Collins has shuttered his restaurant Birch in Hollywood, and will move on to helm the stoves and revamp menus at Wilshire. Birch, 1634 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 
Chef Ricardo Zarate has closed Mamacita in Hollywood Chef Ricardo Zarate has closed his fast-casual spot Mamacita at Hollywood & Highland mall after less than a year in business. His West Hollywood restaurant Rosaliné remains open. Mamacita, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., #418, Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
 
LA has lost another location of Jerry’s Famous Deli, this time in Marina del Rey. The restaurant’s owners plan to open a new, updated concept next year. Jerry's Famous Deli, 13181 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, no phone.
 
Bouchon in Beverly Hills will close at the end of 2017 Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills will close at the end of 2017, along with Bouchon Bakery and Bar Bouchon. (Stop by the brasserie before then to try one of the best seafood towers in Los Angeles.) Bouchon also has locations in Las Vegas and Yountville, CA. Bouchon, Garden Building, 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-271-9910.
 
L’Ami in Santa Monica has closed In Santa Monica, Marc-Antoine Rambaud’s restaurant L’Ami has closed. L'Ami, 246 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, no phone.
 

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