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POSTED January 29, 2015

Ostrich Farm

Ostrich Farm joins Echo Park's growing brigade of new restaurants. The light-filled, modernist-meets-bistro space features cushy banquettes, a sleek bar and counter seating. The daily changing dinner menu revolves around cozy fare like house-made flatbread ($4 to $7), whole anchovy Caesar salad ($9), braised beef and parsnip potpie ($24) and farmers' market vegetable specials ($8 to $9). The mostly French wine lists offers by-the-glass and bottle selects for under $44.

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POSTED January 22, 2015

Ramen Champ

Chinatown's Far East Plaza gets another mealtime contender. Ramen Champ is now slinging noodles for dinner from 4 p.m. to midnight, offering rich bowls of tonkotsu ramen ($13) topped with chashu pork, soft-boiled egg, radish slices, scallions and black garlic oil. (That chashu also appears in the donburi rice bowl ($4.50).) The vibe is casual, so grab a stool in front of the open kitchen and watch as Alvin Cailan (Eggslut) cooks a knockout.

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POSTED January 15, 2015

Odys + Penelope

Quinn and Karen Hatfield unveil their 80-seat restaurant dedicated to the art of churrasco, or grilled meat. Specials include smoked short ribs, dry-aged sirloin and Santa Barbara spot prawns from the open wood-fired grill. Other plates to share include seasonal salads, handmade pastas and hot skillet focaccia. Expect exposed brick, steel beams and Corinthian columns, befitting a restaurant named after Homer's The Odyssey.

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POSTED January 8, 2015

Pok Pok Phat Thai

Pok Pok chef and Thai food evangelical Andy Ricker finally lands in L.A. with a storefront inside Chinatown's Far East Plaza. The menu is dedicated to phat thai (aka pad Thai): Take yours regular ($8.50) with dried tofu and shrimp, pickled radish, bean sprouts and peanuts, or dressed up with ground pork and/or prawns. Other stir-fried options include black soy-sauced phat sii ew ($9), crispy mussel and egg-filled hoi thawt crepes ($9) and water spinach from the wok.

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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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  • Ostrich Farm
  • Ramen Champ
  • Odys + Penelope
  • Pok Pok Phat Thai
  • Redbird


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