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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - NOVEMBER 2014 Archive


OPENINGS

Eagle Rock Brewery has opened Eagle Rock Brewery 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 Brewery 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 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 in Pasadena. Seeking to emulate the ambiance of an intimate neighborhood coffee shop, it will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in-between. The menu will feature an array of breads, pastries and sandwiches, all made by Superba Food + Bread, and coffee from Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters. Under the guidance of Paul Hibler, owner and creator of Pitfire Artisan Pizza, Superba Snack Bar, East Borough and Superba Food + Bread, it will be located next door to the Pitfire Artisan Pizza. Superba Snacks + Coffee, 712 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, CA 91105, no phone.
 
Pitfire Artisan Pizza will bring its wood-fired offerings to Pasadena in early December, when it opens its eighth restaurant. Located Old Town-adjacent in the former Sizzler location on Arroyo Parkway, Pitfire is the brainchild of owner Paul Hibler, of Superba renown. Indoor and outdoor seating will be available, the indoor focus being Pitfire’s signature wood-fired kiln. While pizzas will take center stage, including one made with house-made burrata, menu options will feature spaghetti with chicken meatballs and a variety of handmade salads. The full bar will be stocked with an array of wine and beer, in addition to cocktails, both classic and seasonal. There will be ample space for group gatherings, children’s birthday celebrations and pizza-making parties. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Pitfire Artisan Pizza, 730 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, CA 91105, no phone.
 
Chef Michael Fiorelli, most recently of mar'sel, 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.
 
A new project from Stephane Bombet (Faith & Flower, Picca), Terrine will feature the cuisine of chef Kris Morningstar (formerly of Ray’s & Stark Bar). The restaurant, which is located in the former Sirena space, is scheduled for a December 2014 opening. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Long Beach’s Belmont Shore welcomes a new location of Creamistry, known for its made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream in 50-plus flavors, ranging from butter pecan and black sesame to passionfruit, lychee and salted caramel. Also, find waffle bowls, shakes and plenty of tempting toppings. Lunch & Dinner Daily. Creamistry, 4725 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803, 562-434-8044.
 
Santa Monica’s new casual spot Kye's serves up super-food wraps (dubbed “Kyeritos” by owner Jeanne Cheng). Smoked salmon and quinoa are on the breakfast menu, while bulgogi with Asian veggies is available for lunch or dinner. Drinks include garden-fresh mocktails, smoothies and shakes. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Kye's, 1518 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-395-5937.
 
Stir Market has opened in Los Angeles 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 at the corner of Eighth and Broadway in Santa Monica. The menu, created by chef Dakota Weiss, will feature “designer bowls” of the beloved Hawaiian seafood dish including classic tuna, kale snapper, spicy yuzu salmon and mango opah. You can also build your own bowl. Find sides like taro chips and house-infused teas with dragon fruit and lemongrass. Sweetfin Poké, 829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
 
Alberto and Elaine Morello will open Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria at Shoppes at Westlake Village in Winter 2015. These will be sister locations to the original Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria in Santa Barbara, where Alberto and Elaine Morello also operate Olio Crudo Bar. Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria, Shoppes at Westlake Village, 30770 Russell Ranch Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91362. For more information, visit oliocucina.com
 
Restaurateur Bill Chait has collaborated with chefs Timothy Hollingsworth (The French Laundry) and Rory Hermann (Bouchon), as well as mixologist Julian Cox, to open Barrel & Ashes, an haute barbecue spot, in Studio City. Smoked meats include pulled pork from Salmon Creek Farms, brisket from Double R Ranch, and smoked sausage from Electric City butchers. There’s a smoked beef tongue Reuben, as well as “snacks” like smoked beets with pistachio and sorrel, grilled blue prawns and frito pie. Dinner nightly. Barrel & Ashes, 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-623-8883.
 
Chef Josef Centeno (Baco Mercat, Orsa & Winston) has reopened Pete’s Café as Pete’s in DTLA’s Old Bank District, on the corner of Fourth and Main. Centeno’s new menu was inspired by classics --- expect beef tartare, crab cakes, spicy bone-in lamb, duck leg confit and moules frites. To drink, there are craft cocktails and a select French/Cal wine list. Pete's, 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-687-7015.
 
Nick’s Manhattan Beach has opened 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.
 

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CLOSINGS

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.
 
Ilan Hall’s popular Los Angeles restaurant, The Gorbals, will move out of its current location in the Alexandria Hotel December 14, to another, yet unspecified, DTLA location. Hall has also recently opened a sibling to The Gorbals in Brooklyn. The chef plans to move away from offal and meat dishes and focus more on vegan offerings. The Gorbals, The Alexandria, 501 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-488-3408.
 
Red Medicine closed at the end of October 2014. We will miss chef Jordan Kahn’s cuisine. 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.
 

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