Quick Bites May/June 2023

Where to eat now…


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Coming in hot: Try the traditional beef noodle soup at Taiwanese newcomer Chateau Tien Tao (from a Michelin Guide restaurant group in Taiwan) now in Old Pasadena. The team behind Found Oyster in East Hollywood brings cozy neighborhood Portuguese spot Barra Santos to Glassell Park. The crew who brought L.A. Cha Cha Chá from Mexico to the Arts District has opened Baja seafood spot Loreto in Frogtown and, soon, patio counterpart Mariscos Za Za Zá. Nearby, Lingua Franca offers river views and root beer–braised beef cheeks by the owners of Wax Paper sandwich shop.


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More expansion: Monarch in Arcadia is a Hong Kong café by the Chifa crew from Eagle Rock, while just down the street, Villas Tacos upgrades from a Highland Park backyard to a brick-and-mortar space on York Blvd. FIGat7th has two new fast-casual spots: Mighty Bowl (from Asia and NYC) and Velo Coffee. Daniele Uditi’s Pizzana has added another location in Silver Lake, along with a new anchovy pie.

Perfect pop-up: Known for a stellar rotating guest chef residency program, be sure to visit Abernathy’s at the Music Center for chef Lenora Marouani’s North African–inspired Tunisian soul menu before she goes back to Barsha in Hermosa Beach in late May.

Revamps: Beverly Hills’ iconic Italian restaurant—and Frank Sinatra’s favorite hangout—La Dolce Vita has reopened thanks to Med Abrous and Marc Rose, who are known for preserving iconic locations, such as Genghis Cohen. The intimate banquettes and bar have been refreshed but classic dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs and veal parm remain. Angler at the Beverly Center has been redesigned by John Sofio of Built Inc. Meanwhile, Culinary Director Paul Chung, from Michelin-starred sister restaurant Saison in San Francisco, brings the signature hot fried fish collar and buffalo milk soft-serve sundae to town but adds Angeleno-centric seaweed rice with egg yolk, trout roe and caviar, plus swordfish al pastor with BBQ pineapple. Across the street, the Sofitel hotel has turned the patio into a sexy Mediterranean Israeli haven, AYA, complete with shared plates, DJs, and tableside dancers. Negroni on Third is a red-and-black-hued chic bistro and bar thanks to a design by Alexis Readinger of Preen Inc. The Den on Sunset has a fresh look and an elevated menu that includes potato chips with caviar.


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Westside: Hailing from Barcelona, Teleferic Brentwood brings authentic seafood paella and stellar gin and tonics to the old Vincente space. Juliet in Culver City offers all-day French fare in a room designed by Jeremiah Brent (who also has a lifestyle shop next door). Don’t miss the duck confit cigars, whipped cod dip, and a Midnight in Paris vesper. More French fare hits Venice by way of Coucou (same space and owners as the old Chez Tex), now offering zucchini beignets with creamy tapenade dip, steak frites, and harissa-roasted cauliflower. Private social club NeueHouse in Venice now offers a rooftop Italian eatery, Reunion, open to nonmembers for dinner.

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