Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are at it again. Trois Mec's casual sister restaurant, Petit Trois, opens its doors with a French bistro menu: Steak tartare, croque monsieurs, escargots, roast chicken and more.
Not simply a traditional izakaya, Echo Park's new Kush gets playful with Japanese pub grub. On the menu, you'll find sweet and buttery Japanese meatballs served with mashed potatoes and poached egg, as well as seafood fries: deep-fried mussels, shrimp and corn topped with Cajun spices and cheese. The dinner-only restaurant also has a concise sake list.
Santa Barbara's artisanal ice cream shop, McConnell's Fine Ice Cream, lands in L.A. just in time for summer. The Grand Central Market kiosk will scoop 16 rotating flavors, such as olive oil and salted almonds, or eureka lemon and marionberries, made from local and organic ingredients.
Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix, the team behind Black Market Liquor and Scopa, bring a hit of industrial-bordello style to Santa Monica. We're into the lengthy American whiskey and gin menus, including a lavender and grapefruit G&T.
Zach Pollack of Sotto is bringing his rustic Italian repertoire to the Eastside. Expect handmade pasta, seasonal small plates (crudos, chicken liver crostone with plum mostarda, mortadella-layered "pig in a blanket") as well as larger plates to share like rye tagliatelle with veal ragù. Try to snag a seat on the outdoor patio to enjoy a glass of wine; the list focuses on lesser-known Italian varietals.