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POSTED February 26, 2015

Steak & Whisky

We can't think of a better pairing than steak and whiskey, and that's just what you'll find at this eponymous new South Bay bar/restaurant. Chef Tin Vuong (Little Sister, Wildcraft) oversees a menu of updated French bistro classics (onion soup, steak tartare, duck confit salad) and, of course, steak. Opt for 30-day aged porterhouse ($72) served with classic accouterments like creamed spinach and bordelaise, plus newfangled dishes like Moroccan-spiced carrots. There are more than 80 whiskeys to sample and even 10 whiskey lockers at this imbiber's paradise. 

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POSTED February 19, 2015


Kansas City-style barbecue debuts in Silverlake with the opening of Charcoal. The menu features smoked meats such as sweet, tangy pork back ribs ($14 half, $27 full) and an open-faced pulled pork sandwich ($14) with organic greens, fried egg and crispy chicharron. Or venture beyond pig with the house specialty: braised lamb shank ($16) with a side of cast-iron corn bread ($3) or young heirloom potato salad ($5). The lofty, industrial space is outfitted with red leather bar stools and banquettes, and touts a hefty list of cocktails, craft beer and bourbon.

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POSTED February 12, 2015

The District by Hannah An

Hannah An continues her family's Crustacean legacy with The District by Hannah An. The Vietnamese resto offers traditional dishes like Bun Bo Hue ($13), a lemongrass-flavored beef rice noodle soup, and Cha Ca turmeric-crusted Chilean sea bass ($35) over vermicelli noodles. Plus, there are caramelized chicken wings ($12), wok lobster with homemade noodles ($32) and a full bar with cocktails.

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POSTED February 5, 2015

The Normandie Club

Koreatown is officially the next It neighborhood, and its newest hip resident is The Normandie Club, a bar from the folks behind Honeycut, The Varnish, Caña Rum Bar and New York's Death & Co. Inside the historic Hotel Normandie, the bar keeps it classy with modern-meets-retro touches and a cocktail menu of updated classics: Think cucumber lime spritz ($12), Bloody Mary ($13), daiquiri ($13) and old-fashioned ($13).

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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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  • Charcoal
  • The District by Hannah An
  • The Normandie Club
  • Ostrich Farm


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