Quick Bites

The opening-reopening boom and expansion continues through the holiday season with a strong close to 2022.

New and Noteworthy

Linda Grace, owner of San Marino Cafe & Marketplace and Piccadilly Grace, has taken over South Pasadena’s beloved 12-year-old Fiore Market Cafe from founder and owner Bill Disselhorst. Grace, who worked closely with Disselhorst, is committed to keeping the original bread recipes, sandwiches, and salads that have been so popular with locals over the years, and looks forward to reopening the market with her own spin on deli salads and epicurean goods in the coming months.


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Erva Brew Co. recently brought South American traditions to the Pasadena community with delicious yerba mate beverages. These are a more affordable midday pick-me-up compared to the usual chain coffee house suspects.




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Pasadena has welcomed a branch of the popular international Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão. Founded in Southern Brazil in 1979, expect the same elevated, centuries-old cooking technique of churrasco—the art of roasting high-quality cuts of meat over an open flame—at this Colorado Blvd. location. For highly sought-after boneless chicken kabobs with rice and salad, Massis Kabob has opened another fast-casual branch at Glendale Ave. and Colorado Blvd. in Glendale. For carb loading after all that protein, beloved farmers market staple Bub & Grandma’s has opened its first brick-and-mortar spot in Glassell Park.

A new branch of Long Beach and OC Seabirds Kitchen has opened in Los Feliz. Owner-chef Stephanie Morgan started with a food truck serving jackfruit tacos (and was on Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race) before plant-based cooking became mainstream. Specialties include avo tacos, purple potato taquitos, and cauliflower ceviche. Nearby, the team behind Mírame in Beverly Hills has expanded east to Los Feliz with new spot Mírate. Expect the same great modern-Mexican flavors from Michelin-star chef Joshua Gil.


International Flair

No need for a passport. Head to Capri Club in Eagle Rock for Italian spritzers and a cool crowd, or The Lonely Oyster in Echo Park for crudo and martinis. Over in Hollywood, the French boom continues with Mr. T on Sycamore, where you’ll find ample patio seating for cocktails and mini-croquette monsieur bites or trout roe dip with potato chips.



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The former Nomad hotel has morphed into Hotel Per La with a completely revamped lobby and stunning downstairs restaurant and bar Per L’Ora, while all-day action can be found at Bar Clara on the rooftop with a distinctly Mediterranean menu. Don’t miss poolside spritzers, sardines in the tin with French bread and butter, skewered prawns with harissa, and flaming Greek saganaki cheese or lamb sliders.



Strada Eateria & Bar is an art-forward, elevated street-food eatery one block from L.A. Live and Crypto.com Arena. This is a fun spot for happy hour, a patio dinner with Wagyu ravioli, or Sunday night jazz in partnership with KCRW’s legendary DJ LeRoy Downs.

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