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POSTED December 18, 2014


After much anticipation, Neal Fraser (BLD, Grace) opens Redbird's doors at Vibiana. Inside the rectory of the historic cathedral, the indoor-outdoor space is decorated with salvaged-meets-chic furnishings, two full bars, a retractable courtyard roof and plenty of old-world charm. Fraser developed the global menu with his wife, Amy Knoll Fraser, and restaurateur Bill Chait (Bestia, République); highlights include shishito peppers with bottarga and togarashi, blue shrimp with grits and mole, chicken potpie and Thai-flavored crab soup.

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POSTED December 11, 2014


Stephane Bombet (Picca, Faith & Flower) teams up with chef Kris Morningstar (formerly of Ray's and Stark Bar) for dinner and weekend brunch at their newly opened Mid-City French brasserie, Terrine. Begin with a cocktail or wine, the list courtesy of François Renaud of The Tasting Kitchen, at the long bar or romantic outdoor patio. To eat, bites such as egg-topped croque madame ($14) or onion soup ($10) get you started, followed by hearty classics such as boudin noir ($23) or choucroute garnie of pork loin, crispy jowl, shank and house-made sausage and sauerkraut ($45).

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POSTED December 4, 2014

Love & Salt

Manhattan Beach gets another worth-the-drive dinner stop at Love & Salt. The theme here is Italian, but there's more than just handmade pasta and whole-roasted branzino. Grab a stool at the long communal table and start with some Odds & Ends: corned lamb tongue panini with pickled peppers and fontina ($13), crispy chicken skins with buttermilk aioli ($9) and the pièce de résistance—glazed pig head served with whole-grain mustard, roasted garlic, pickled vegetables and toast ($45). Groups can go family style with a whole chicken ($46), roasted rib eye ($85) or rabbit porchetta ($75). Pair with affordable wines by the glass or quartino, draft beer, cocktails or mocktails.

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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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  • Redbird
  • Terrine
  • Love & Salt
  • Dinette
  • Stir Market


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