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POSTED September 18, 2014

Salt & Straw

The Portland import finally debuts its seasonal ice cream at its first L.A. shop. The tiny storefront on Larchmont Boulevard scoops monthly changing flavors using local ingredients such as tomato and Ojai olive oil, or Compartes chocolate-covered nuts and Stumptown single-origin coffee.

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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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