Los Angeles Restaurant News
Fia has opened in the former Wilshire space, with a revamp of the patio and interiors by M. Winter Design. The restaurant features 300 seats (200 of them outdoors), several fireplaces, ferns, palms and a bocce court. Chef Brendan Collins offers a menu inspired by the Amalfi coast with a focus on rustic dishes, local seafood, and fresh house-made pasta. Options include big eye tuna carpaccio, oysters with fermented cabbage, capellini lobster Bolognese, braised rabbit tortellini, whole grilled dorade, and a Flannery beef rib-eye chop. Fia, 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-586-1707.
Celebrated Tijuana-style tacos are found at DTLA’s new spot, Tacos 1986, on the corner of 6th and Spring Streets. Look for the former pop-up’s popular grilled meats and melted cheese in asada, adobada, mushroom and chicken tacos, as well as in quesadillas, mulitas and vampiros. To drink there’s horchata, Jamaica or Mexican coke. Tacos 1986, 609 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-988-7202.
Chef-restaurateur Jeremy Fall has opened Mixtape on Beverly Boulevard in the former BLD space. An atmospheric interior will feature art from the likes of Quincy Jones, Vic Mensa, Tokimonsta and Jaden Smith, and there’s a brunch playlist created by Robin Thicke. An eclectic menu inspired by Fall’s Tunisian-Caribbean-Jewish-French background offers beef cheek poutine, mussels and chorizo, a fried jerk chicken sandwich, pastrami agnolotti, smoked salmon and latkes, and shakshuka. Mixtape, 7450 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-424-7044.
Asso Pasta Bar & Wine has opened in Silver Lake, in the former Blossom space on Sunset Boulevard. Look for fresh pastas including spaghetti with garlic olive oil, Calabrian chili, parsley and bottarga; tonarelli carbonara with guanciale; and gnocchetti with Meyer lemon, basil and burrata. There’s also house-made bruschetta, black kale salad, and affogato for dessert. Find an aperitivo menu, Italian wines and beers as well. Asso Pasta Bar & Wine, 4019 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-522-6769.
The Westin Long Beach has kicked off a $23 million renovation, which has debuted a new restaurant called Navy Proof Food & Spirits with executive chef Chris Garasic at the helm. The stylish dining room sports white marble floors, a three-story chandelier, and a living green wall. Look for seasonal New American fare focused on local seafood and meats. Menu items include charred octopus and calamari, a duck confit banh mi sandwich, pan-seared diver scallops, braised Angus short rib tartine, and pomegranate Jidori chicken. Navy Proof Food & Spirits, The Westin Long Beach, 333 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802, 562-436-3000.
Chef Anne Conness has opened a second location of her popular West 3rd Street restaurant Jaffa, on Venice Boulevard in Palms. Conness’ Eastern Mediterranean/Israeli menu features classic hummus with zatar and roasted tomatoes, Yemenite kubaneh bread, kale tabouli, whole roasted branzino, fresh pasta with Moroccan saffron butter, and lamb couscous with dried figs and cilantro. Jaffa Palms, 10306 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034, 424-298-8180.
Nigerian chef Aduke Oluwafunmilayo Oyetibo has opened Aduke African Cuisine on Pico Boulevard, dishing up authentic African cuisine from her home country. Look for a variety of stews with goat, beef, chicken, fish or turkey made with unique Nigerian ingredients, alongside fufu (mashed yam), okra, greens, fried plantains and seasoned jollof rice steamed in tomato sauce. Aduke African Cuisine, 6118 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-909-1945.
Canada-based JOEY Restaurants will open its second Los Angeles area location, JOEY DTLA, on July 31, 2019. Like sister location JOEY Woodland Hills, it will feature an eclectic, globally inspired menu. There will also be exclusive dishes such as a Korean fried cauliflower bowl, lobster grilled cheese and steak & lobster ravioli. JOEY DTLA, 700 W. Seventh St., Unit S430, Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina are expanding their popular Triple Beam Pizza franchise and landing in Echo Park this August in the former Two Boots space. Look for Roman-style rectangular pies at this Sunset Boulevard location – from the classic margherita to acorn squash, asparagus-feta, and pepperoni – sold by length and weight. Triple Beam will also sell pizza in the Echo and Echoplex during shows, and this shop will offer beer and wine. Triple Beam Pizza, 1818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Adamae, a stylish new neighborhood restaurant from partners Paul Pruitt, Duncan Smith and Jeff Manno, has opened in Echo Park in the space of the former Lost Knight. The name is inspired by sculptor Ada Mae Sharpless who created the nearby Lady of the Lake statue in Echo Park. Look for a seasonal California menu with Mediterranean accents from chef Matt Cheek, featuring the likes of smoked cod fritters with red pepper jam, roasted market carrots with labneh and almond-apricot aillade, mushroom kabob with achiote-sumac glaze, pan-fried branzino, and ginger-braised lamb shank. Expect beer, wine and craft cocktails such as the Ghostwriter mixed with mezcal, pomegranate, lemon, Campari and xocalatl mole bitters. Adamae, 1534 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-266-8001.
Chef Stefano De Lorenzo (La Botte, Piccolo) has opened an Italian trattoria, Colapasta, in Santa Monica. Expect fresh, house-made, mostly organic pastas ranging from beef ragù gramigna to bigoli with garlic and anchovies, casunziei red beet ravioli with brown butter, and ricotta gnocchi with wild arugula. Colapasta, 1241 5th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-310-8336.
Josef Centeno has flipped his airy and attractive Culver City BäcoShop into Amacita, a Cali-Tex-Mex restaurant more similar to his DTLA hit Bar Ama. Look for Centeno’s bright flavors in dishes such as tomato and peach salad, charred octopus with arugula salsa verde, and mesquite grilled items like pork collar and arbol shrimp skewers. For now, there's select beer and wine (including an Austrian orange and Portuguese rosé), and a michelada or grapefruit shandy. Soft opening hours run evenings Tuesday through Saturday with lunch and brunch to follow. Amacita, 9552 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 424-523-3300.
Seafood-focused Angler, from chef-founder Joshua Skenes of Saison Hospitality (Saison), has launched at the Beverly Center. There is an emphasis on fire cooking, with a wood-burning hearth as the center of the kitchen. A sibling outpost is located on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Angler, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 424-332-4082.
New York cocktail bar Death & Co. will open an LA location in the Arts District later this fall. Look for elegant digs as well as craft cocktails and bites. Death & Co., 810 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Santa Monica welcomes back chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger as they open a new all-day Mexican gastropub called Socalo in the Gateway Hotel. (Their Santa Monica Border Grill closed three years ago.) Look for indoor and outdoor seating, Tijuana regional inspired cuisine including breakfast burritos, ceviches, tortas and tacos, a wide tequila selection, Mexican microbrews on tap, and other Latin-themed beverages. Expect a mid-to-late summer debut. Socalo, Gateway Hotel, 1920 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, no phone.
This summer, chef David Chang (Momofuku, Majordomo) will open his first West Coast location of Fuku, Momofuku’s fast casual fried chicken shop, on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Look for the spicy fried chicken sandwich, a quarter or half chicken, and chicken fingers. Sides include chickpea mac, sweet and sour mustard greens, waffle fries and five-spice rice pudding. To drink find slushies, iced teas and beer. Fuku, 3rd Street Promenade, 1315 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Executive chef Ashley Abodeely serves up luxe American fare at The Restaurant at Arts District Firehouse Hotel in DTLA. The historic 1927 firehouse has been restored to a modern boutique hotel; the restaurant is mostly a charming, long covered patio running the length of the brick-walled building, while the marble bar perches just inside. Abodeely’s wood-fired grill specialties feature lamb loin, branzino and a burger with smoked onions. The Restaurant at Arts District Firehouse Hotel, Arts District Firehouse Hotel, 710 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-947-3010.
Jeremy Fox has opened an expansive new restaurant at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, Birdie G’s. A casually modern dining room is airy and light, and there’s a sprawling patio and long bar that serves stylish craft cocktails. Look for classic regional American fare crossed with Fox’s family recipes and California seasonal ingredients, including rib-eye steak, wood-grilled chicken, king salmon crudo and sweetbreads Texas toast. Birdie G's, 2421 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-310-3616.
Mozza alum chef Chad Colby has opened Antico restaurant, featuring handmade pastas and wood-fired Italian fare. Antico, 4653 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-510-3093.
Nic Adler teamed up with restaurateur Stéphane Bombet and culinary director Steven Fretz on Nic's on Beverly. The space boasts particularly fine outdoor dining, as diners who recall previous tenants The Ponte and Terrine will appreciate. Expect a plant-based menu that pays tribute to iconic LA dishes, such as the Chinois salad inspired by Wolfgang Puck. Nic's on Beverly, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
Chef Danny Elmaleh’s popular restaurant in Sherman Oaks, Mizlala, has opened a sister spot, Mizlala West Adams. Look for an outdoor patio with olive trees (also dog friendly), a pickle bar, and dishes including hummus salad, a falafel pita sandwich, chicken shwarma, lamb and beef patties, and a tahini halvah shake. Mizlala West Adams, 5400 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016, 323-433-7137.
Chef Lincoln Carson's Bon Temps is a modern French brasserie with industrial flair, in keeping with its location in downtown LA's Arts District. Expect dishes like Maine scallops with morels, ramps and peas, and a Valrhona chocolate soufflé for dessert. The restaurant is starting with dinner service, but will expand with lunch and a patisserie. Bon Temps, 712 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-784-0044.
98-cent Steak Special at Pacific Dining Car
Pacific Dining Car is celebrating 98 years in Los Angeles with 98-cent steaks through August. Reservations must be secured via the official website. The special is offered at the Downtown LA and Santa Monica locations. Pacific Dining Car, 1310 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-483-6000.
South City Fried Chicken Pop-Up at Preux & Proper
The DTLA outpost of South City Fried Chicken has shuttered, but the concept carries on as a lunchtime pop-up at sister restaurant Preux & Proper. It is available Monday through Saturday as of August 1, 2019. Among the five sandwiches is The New Orleans, loaded with Creole rémoulade, Cajun spice, Thai basil, a fried egg and ginger-miso BBQ sauce. There are also fried chicken plates with waffles or a biscuit, plus Southern sides and sweets. Preux & Proper, 840 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-896-0090.
Boca de Agua Offers Happy Hour Flavors of Paletas & Ice Cream
For the summer, Boca de Agua on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice has created happy hour-inspired flavors of artisanal paletas (Mexican popsicles) and ice cream. These treats include Modelo with a tang of light hops; Dom Pérignon made with vintage Champagne; Avocado Crema combining avocado, sweet cream and mint; and Cactus with prickly pear (napoles) cactus flavor. Boca de Agua, 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
New Cocktails at Katsuya by sbe
sbe mixologist/corporate beverage director Gui Jaroschy has unveiled a new cocktail menu at Katsuya by Starck. His latest creations are the Sakai Spritz, Giniro Vesper, Sencha Highball, Citron Cloud Sour and Shishito Gimlet. They will be available at all Katsuya locations. Watch our exclusive interview. Katsuya by Starck, 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-207-8744.
What to Order at Hinoki & the Bird
Chef Brandon Kida continues to put his stamp on the globe-trotting fare at Hinoki & the Bird in Century City. His uni baguette with house-made ricotta and local honey is a must-order from the nama (raw bar) section of the menu. Hinoki & the Bird, The Century, 10 W. Century Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310-552-1200.
Chef Gilles Epié & Ludovic Lefebvre, aka Ludo, are teaming up again for a special project. Read more on GAYOT's full article.
In Venice, local favorite Canal Club is closing at the end of August after two decades. Jame Enoteca’s Jackson Kalb will take over the space with a new, yet unnamed, opening next year. Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-823-3878.
Hollywood seafood favorite The Hungry Cat has closed after a 15-year run. No word yet on what will replace it. The Hungry Cat, Sunset + Vine, 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
Celebrated baker and new cookbook author Nicole Rucker (Dappled) is closed her first restaurant, Fiona, on August 11, 2019. Fiona, 339 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
K-town craft beer favorite Beer Belly closed its doors at the end of July. The Long Beach location remains open. Beer Belly, 532 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020, no phone.
Trois Familia, the casually funky Silver Lake restaurant from Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Ludo Lefebvre, has closed. Trois Familia, 3510 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica has closed. Wilshire Restaurant, 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, no phone.
Silver Lake’s self-proclaimed “New Age burger stand,” Haché LA, has shuttered. Haché LA, 3319 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
In Atwater Village, Matthew Kaner’s elegant and well-curated wine bar-restaurant Good Measure has sadly closed. Good Measure, 3224 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, no phone.
On Sunset at Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard has been replaced by Sirocco, a Mediterranean restaurant overseen by French chef Olivier Rousselle. On Sunset, Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard, 11461 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, no phone.
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