Quick Bites July/Aug 2022

Sizzling Summer Food News


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Kit Romano-Llobet, a native of Pasadena, has opened Dos Besos on Union Street in Old Pasadena with her husband, chef Alejandro Llobet, who hails from Barcelona and previously ran a local paella catering company. “We created a little piece of Spain in Old Town,” Alejandro says. The restaurant features traditional seafood and squid-ink paella, but also an Iberian grilled pork belly version with mushroom and asparagus, as well as a rare noodle rendition of the dish. Tuck into tapas made with authentic Spanish products jamón ibérico and Manchego cheese aged 18 months, along with entrees of whole Mediterranean seabass baked in rock salt, Spanish octopus, and New Zealand rack of lamb.

Coming soon: Burt Bakman of SLAB BBQ fame has confirmed a new Pasadena spot will be on Arroyo Parkway as soon as August.

In the ever-growing plant-based space, Wolfie’s Nashville Hot Chicken has landed York Blvd. in Highland Park with a beer garden. BeeWali’s Vegan AF has a brick-and-mortar spot in Eagle Rock after its former pop-up status serving Mediterranean to Indian fare.


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Westside transplants to Silver Lake include De Buena Planta, a plant-based Mexican restaurant from Venice with a tucked-away mezcal bar, and gluten-free Santa Monica bakery Breadblok is now on Griffith Park Blvd.

Silver Lake institution Fred62 has launched a new bar program with female-owned Wines of Impact that includes boozy milkshakes, micheladas, and low-ABV options.

Award-winning chef Michael Mina has expanded with Mother Tongue on La Brea in Hollywood.  Designed by Martin Brudnizki (Pendry West Hollywood), the restaurant is located inside HEIMAT, the world’s first social fitness club, and will feature global cuisine rooted in wellness and sustainability.


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Also expanding to Hollywood, Saffy’s on Fountain is a casual day-to-night spot by chef Ori Menashe and wife-partner Genevieve Gergis of Bestia and Bavel fame.


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Big news at the Row DTLA: Pizzeria Bianco from Phoenix, where people are willing to wait hours for one of the six pies on the menu, has landed in the old Paramount Coffee space.


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Also in the Arts District: kenshō group from Hollywood has opened kodō in the old Firehouse space, and just added the daytime rykn cafe for coffee and casual lunch plus wine tastings in the afternoon. Nearby, Damian has added weekend brunch to its Mexican menu offerings with a burrito omelette, and Soho Warehouse now has a ground-floor Greek Turkish restaurant, Mandolin Taverna, that is also open to the public.

More nearby newbies: Ukrainian-owned Hi Bakery, which features matcha cakes, pastries, cookies, bagels, and vegan chocolate-chip bread made with zucchini, uses stone-milled sprouted flour exclusively and only works with organic farmers.

Bike Shed Moto Co. is a London import in a sprawling, renovated brick warehouse with leather sofas and motorcycles interspersed throughout the bar, lounge, and restaurant. If you want gear, there is a retail store, along with a barbershop and tattoo parlor.


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Over on Flower Street, The Marlou and The Burrow Bar & Kitchen are new spots at the O Hotel, both helmed by chef Marcos Spaziani—you might recognize him from the current season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht on Bravo TV—and his partner in the popular ML Eats food truck, chef Louis Huh.

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