Quick Bites – April 2023

Here’s What’s New Around Town

Marina on Cordova Street is the latest farm-fresh, wood-fired Italian spot from Nader Kaiser of Republik Coffee Lounge and Gustavo Landgrebe of Tasca Wine Bar. For a French-influenced neo-bistro, check out Bar Chelou on Molino Avenue by Douglas Rankin, former chef-owner of Bar Restaurant in Silver Lake. For Spanish flair in the Arts District, head to Flor y Solera, helmed by Catalan chef Mònica Angelats and Beverage Director Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi of Factory Place Hospitality Group. Focusing on Spain’s 17 regions, the menu complements the sherry bar with flights and tapas pairings. In other Spanish food news, Highland Park staple Otoño will debut Otoño Mercat directly behind the restaurant, where chef Teresa Montaño will serve exclusively sourced conservas, snacks, and vermouths.

More expansion: The Hoxton hotel downtown has welcomed Café Basque on the lobby level, celebrating coastal living with pintxos snacks such as mushroom-sherry croquettes and a wonderfully light shellfish stew with saffron. In the Arts District, popular pizza patio spot De La Nonna has added The Let’s Go! Disco & Cocktail Club next door to keep the party going.

Palisociety has taken over the old Orlando hotel for a reimagined Palihouse West Hollywood, a nod to its first hotel 15 years ago (now a Soho House), which includes an all-day Lobby Lounge Café and Bar plus an intimate upstairs Mezzanine Sushi spot. Crustacean in Beverly Hills has unveiled the ground-floor Anna May Bar & Lounge, where you can order signature tasting-menu items such as garlic noodles and crab legs.

Fishy imports: Kaspia Caviar from Paris has brought its famous $1,000 baked potato to Melrose Place, but the decadent grilled cheese covered in caviar for under $100 is quietly stealing the show. Saltie Girl from Boston celebrates coastal seafood around the globe with caviar service, raw shellfish towers, lobster rolls, and more than 130 gourmet tinned-fish options. Don’t miss the potato chips and onion dip topped with caviar and a killer Saltie Martini garnished with caviar-stuffed onions and olives.

Down the street, Hudson House from Dallas also features seafood, in addition to delicious burgers and a sinful mac ‘n’ cheese. Over in Venice, Willie Mae’s from New Orleans—already known for bringing its fried chicken to West L.A.—now has a table-service eatery with the best creole seafood gumbo in town.

Casual chains: Back in Pasadena, bb.q Chicken on East Colorado is bringing the famed national Korean fried chicken chain to town. For those working on their summer bod, Lemonade in Pasadena has a new healthy salmon bowl on the menu, including weekly specials on Tuesdays.

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