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POSTED November 20, 2014


Echo Park gets another breakfast/lunch option at Dinette. The tiny kiosk offers quick café bites and coffee with outdoor seating. Try waffles served sweet (with strawberries and hand-whipped cream) or savory (poached egg and bacon), and avocado or croque monsieur tartines. There are also house-baked cookies and a not-to-be missed coconut cake, a dense and not-too-sweet ode to owner Gareth Kantner's (Café Stella, Bar Stella) mother's recipe.

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POSTED November 13, 2014

Stir Market

Stir Market has unveiled a 4,000-square-foot market on Beverly Boulevard. Taking a cue from European food halls, the one-stop storefront serves all-day menus of breakfast and weekend brunch (including Farmshop pastries, Moroccan baked eggs and Meyer lemon pancakes), with lunch and dinner offerings including upgraded sandwiches (like smoked salmon BLT and butternut squash with edamame hummus), seasonal salads and rotisserie (chicken, porchetta). Take 'em to go, or stay and eat in the minimalist dining space.

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POSTED November 6, 2014


Gjelina expands its Venice empire with Gjusta. The bakery, outfitted with a long white marble counter, offers an impressive, baked-on-site spread of boules, baguettes and confections ranging from croissants to blueberry-topped lemon poppy seed cake. Pick up or grab a bite for breakfast and lunch: There are sandwiches (egg breakfast, porchetta, chicken Parm; $6.50 to $14), prepared salads ($12), quiche ($8) and charcuterie (rabbit terrine, pork rillettes; $25 to $40). To drink? Espresso from a La Marzocco, as well as house-made nut milks.

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POSTED October 30, 2014


Chef Kris Tominaga returns post-The Hart & The Hunter, swapping his usual Southern cuisine for rustic French at Cadet. The décor at the new Santa Monica restaurant is all country charm à la exposed brick, wood beams and an impressive hearth. Wood-fired plates are at the heart of the menu: Octopus is roasted with turnips and topped with pistou and olive relish ($14), and porterhouse steak ($42) is served with gooey Époisses and smoked bone marrow (optional).

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POSTED October 23, 2014


Josef Centeno takes over the kitchen for Pete's redux; the Bäco Mercat and Bar Amá chef has created an all-day menu of elevated diner classics for the restaurant. There are morning pastries such as hand pies and huckleberry-filled shortbread, and sandwiches such as fried bologna with house-made mortadella ($8) and a classic club updated with pork belly and cracklings ($14), as well as entrecôte Bordelaise (market price, $58 to $68).

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