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POSTED September 11, 2014

The Anchor

Venice is the latest to get a nautical-themed dinner spot, although the sea-inspired accents at The Anchor are subtle (namely, a blue bar with rope coils hanging above). The seafood-focused menu at The Anchor includes oysters on the half shell (three for $9), braised octopus with chorizo and chimichurri ($16) and a lobster roll dressed with black garlic aioli and topped with shaved black truffles ($14). To sip, there are six beers on tap and a mostly European list of wines by the glass and bottle.

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POSTED September 4, 2014

The Gadarene Swine

Vegetables get fancy at Phillip Frankland Lee's follow-up to Scratch|Bar, The Gadarene Swine. His new SFV restaurant honors the garden with elevated eggplant, carrots, et al. But a vegan restaurant this ain't: The meat-free kitchen also rolls out a ten-course tasting menu at the chef's counter.

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POSTED August 28, 2014

The Nice Guy

West Hollywood's The Nice Guy packs a triple threat to L.A. nightlife with food, drink and live music. The h.wood Group's first restaurant is a play on a classic red sauce joint with upscale cocktails, a proper chef's table and an old-school menu of chopped salad ($14), chicken "parm" wings ($15) and the decadent Nice Guy Burger with maple glazed bacon and housemade American cheese ($18).

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POSTED August 21, 2014


Barmen Julian Cox and Josh Goldman are opening a flagship bar-restaurant. The indoor-outdoor space (formerly Renee's Courtyard) in Santa Monica is saloon-inspired, complete with swinging doors and a vintage piano. There will be brunch and dinner, both featuring dishes with a Peruvian slant from former Paiche chef Richie Lopez (we're talking crudo, uni and lobster rice) and a list of whiskey-centric cocktails.

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POSTED August 14, 2014

Commissary at The Line Hotel

Roy Choi adds to Pot and his lobby bar/late-night café, opening his third concept at The Line Hotel in Koreatown. Commissary is an ode to the seasons and simplicity; vegetables are the main event, but there's meat, too. On the menu, ingredients are called out with illustrations and preparations du jour: Picture corn grilled with spicy red sauce or schnitzel paired with garlic green sauce and arugula.

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  • The Anchor
  • The Garadene Swine
  • The Nice Guy
  • Brilliantshine
  • Commissary at the Line Hotel


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