August 18, 2012 |
We know it's noisy out there in the restaurant world. Customers' complaints are growing, critics are including noise commentary in their reviews, and restaurateurs, to some extent, are trying to figure out ways to modify the acoustic mayhem. But just how noisy is it? With a decidedly unscientific approach, all it took was a sound meter app (deciBel Pro) and visits to a dozen restaurants and bars across Los Angeles to find out. In many cases, we're all dining with the noise equivalent of a lawn mower running next to us: That's 90 decibels.
June 5, 2011
All the restaurants mentioned are in the Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas. Reservations can be made by calling the central number at (702) 698-7000. The casino's restaurants also include Comme Ça and Scarpetta and an innovative moderately priced buffet called the Wicked Spoon. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill; (702) 736-0808, http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/rests_sushiBarGrillLV_main.htm . Open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
December 13, 2009 |
Let's face it: Sometimes, you just want something a little less exotic. Here are some favorite local restaurants, both new and old: Blue Water Café: Busy even when other spots are empty, this Yaletown hot spot serves local seasonal catches at different stations: sushi counter, raw bar and bustling open kitchen; Blue Water Café, 1095 Hamilton St., Yaletown; (604) 688-8078, www.bluewatercafe.net. Cibo Trattoria : Named Canada's best new restaurant in 2008 by Air Canada's in-flight magazine, this square box of a room seats perhaps 50. Service is professional and friendly, and the market-based Italian menu changes daily.
April 8, 2012
wd~50 50 Clinton St., New York, N.Y. (212) 477-2900 http://www.wd-50.com City Tavern restaurant 138 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pa. (215) 413-1443 http://www.citytavern.com Portland, Ore. ¡OBA! 555 N.W. 12th Ave., Portland, Ore. (503) 228-6161 http://www.obarestaurant.com Café at the Pfister 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wis. (414) 390-3878 http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/Cafe-Pfister/index.asp Skillets 11324 N. Community House Road, Charlotte, NC (704)
September 6, 2009 |
Historically, L.A. restaurants have shared the same fate as their famous celebrity patrons in that they are the hot spots du jour then fade away, not to be heard from again. But a handful of eateries from bygone eras have made a lasting impact on the Southern California landscape that reflects a progressive evolution in the region's architecture. The University Art Museum at UC Santa Barbara has dug into its extensive collection to chronicle a select few restaurants that defined the lifestyle changes in L.A. in the early and mid 20th century with its exhibition "Sardi's to Orange Julius Â®."