Quick Bites and Food News in Pasadena

Though summer is approaching, and it feels like time to work off the “quarantine 15,” it appears that comforting carbs are still on everyone’s menus. Here are some new places to dig in and indulge around town.
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Everyone’s favorite Bay Area bakery, Tartine, is continuing its L.A. expansion with a new Green Street location this summer. The new outpost is slated for a small retail location that will be bakery forward, focusing on bread and pastry offerings.

Next door to Old Pasadena staple Union, executive chef Chris Keyser is bringing New York–style pizza with an L.A. spin to U Street Pizza. His dough is fermented for over two days from a blend of artisanal wheat, then layered with local tomatoes, produce from Girl & Dug Farm, finished with 18-month-aged Fiscalini cheddar and cooked in an electric deck oven for the perfect ratio of crispy, chewy crust.

DeLuca’s Italian Deli in Glendale launched a new sandwich delivery concept, Delucatessen, that will bring juicy meatball and chicken Parmesan favorites right to your door, along with artisan sandwiches inspired by Tieste, Italy, from which chef Tancredi Deluca hails.

Lee Maen of Innovative Dining Group (Sushi Roku in Pasadena), and PizzaRev founder Nicholas Eckerman opened the Yakumi experience—a premium fast-casual and affordable sushi spot near the Burbank studio corridor. Expect combination boxes and sake cups along with outdoor patio seating.

For at-home provisions, Atwater’s new Wine + Eggs bodega-style market is the perfect spot to grab organic wines, pasta, or frozen pies from La Morra Pizzeria—and it seems they have kicked off a trend. The new Sesame LA “superette” in Chinatown is stocked with pantry items, produce, and snacks from Asian artisans including owner Linda Sivrican’s Vietnamese mother, Judy Nguyen, and Top Chef winner Mei Lin, who is crafting a chili jam. Lin has also been busy since her acclaimed Arts District restaurant Nightshade closed, opening Yardbird, a spicy Szechuan chicken sandwich shop in Silver Lake.

The sister restaurant of Mexico City’s famed Colonia Tabacalera has opened as LA Cha Cha Chá, a massive rooftop dining and drinking spot in the downtown Arts District. Architect-designer Lena Kohl incorporated over 150 plants amid the tables and banquettes, creating private nooks. Chef Alejandro Guzman (Michelin-starred Le Comptoir) makes ceviche, tacos, and carnitas, and the mezcal-tequila-heavy cocktails are by Bryan Tetorakis (The Varnish and Cole’s).

Nearby, the famous fish-and-chips truck with an Asian twist, Yess Aquatic (who created UK cult favorite Koya) will open a brick-and-mortar patio space at 7th and Matteo in May. Proper Hotel, designed by Kelly Wearstler, is scheduled to open in June on South Broadway, with Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne of a.o.c. helming the flagship kitchen with restaurants Caldo Verde and Cara Cara.

And we are happy to report that Aaron Lindell of Quarter Sheets and pastry chef Hannah Ziskin of House of Gluten have moved from their Glendale apartment operation (as reported in our last issue, “In-n-Out”) to the old M. Georgina space (where Ziskin used to work) at The Row DTLA for a pizza/bakery concept.

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