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January 26, 2013 | JONATHAN GOLD, RESTAURANT CRITIC
What you think about Cortez is going to depend in large part on what you think about crowds, and noise, and screechy jazz, about well-meaning servers who are slightly impatient with the idea of service, and about spending most of an hour leaning up against a shoe box-narrow windowsill waiting for a seat to open up. If the idea of crashing a dinner party at the apartment of a friend of a friend sounds appealing, you're probably going to have a...
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June 1, 2013
AOC An old flame is all grown up, and doing quite well. LOCATION 8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (310) 859-9859, aocwinebar.com PRICES Charcuterie, $8-$12; salads, $9-$10; wood-oven dishes, $14-$15; vegetables, $9-$12; small plates, $13-$17; shareable platters, $19-$44. DETAILS 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Credit cards accepted. Full bar. Valet parking. RECOMMENDED DISHES Pappardelle with asparagus and chanterelles; braised leek focaccia; clams with sherry and green garlic; curried cauliflower; roast chicken "Ode to Zuni.
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NEWS
November 8, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
BIG PLATES: Sunny Spot, the Caribbean-influenced Venice restaurant from Roy Choi, is abandoning small plates to offer the kind of plates from way back when -- the kind with an entree portion of meat and a couple of sides. [L.A. Weekly] WHEN IN ROME : A travel guide to the best restaurants and bars in Rome , including the 19th-century La Gensola for seafood, the Monti neighborhood's l'Asino d'Oro and the classic Perilli for your fix of amatriciana . [Food & Wine]
FOOD
March 30, 2013
Muddy Leek Because sometimes all you really need is a comfortable, stylish place that serves good food. LOCATION 8631 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 838-2281, muddyleek.com. PRICES Small plates $5-$13; entrees $21-$29; desserts $9-$10. DETAILS Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; happy hour 4 to 6 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; AE, MC, V Full Bar. Occasionally difficult street parking. RECOMMENDED DISHES leek and egg; shrimp and grits; diver scallops with fennel.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
' Food and fiction' at Muddy Leek: Starting March 20, Muddy Leek in Culver City will host Tongue and Groove 's poetry collective every third Wednesday of the month. Performances will include short fiction, personal essays, poetry, music, spoken word and more. Tickets to attend the poetry collective at Muddy Leek are $20 and include a grilled cheese and glass of wine or a beer. 8631 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 838-2281, www.muddyleek.com .   St. Supéry wine dinner at Cafe del Rey: On March 21, a wine dinner at Cafe del Rey will feature wines from Napa Valley's family-owned St. Supéry . The four-course, Mediterranean-inspired menu will include lamb meatball skewers, seared sea scallops, stewed rabbit saddle, roasted lamb chop and vanilla spiced pavlova.
NEWS
November 25, 2004 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
The old Citrus space, last occupied by Alex, has come to life again, this time as Meson G. Meson, of course, is Spanish for inn, and the G? Well, that refers to chef-owner Tim Goodell of Aubergine in Newport Beach. Goodell and his wife, Lisa, were scouring Los Angeles in search of a restaurant space when Alex Scrimgeour suddenly closed Alex and moved back to Britain. The couple jumped at the chance to take on one of Los Angeles' choicest restaurant spaces. Meson G is not at all Aubergine redux.
FOOD
July 21, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Come summer, mezze , those small dishes drawn from a vast Middle Eastern tradition, are just about the perfect food. The flavors are vivid. Many of them are served at room temperature. No rush. I love this way of eating, a bite here, a bite there, as the conversation ebbs and flows. Plenty of time to savor each bite and pick up the thread of talk, watch the light fade, feel the night. That's the strength of Mezze, the new Middle Eastern restaurant in the former Sona space on La Cienega Boulevard, just north of the Beverly Center.
NEWS
July 1, 2004 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
Hillmont, the Los Feliz experiment in communal steakhouse culture, is no more. In its place, owner Steven Arroyo has installed a second version of his hypersuccessful Los Angeles tapas restaurant, Cobras & Matadors. He's dressed up the barebones warehouse with oversized blood red lampshades and a wall of books spray-painted red too. Amazing what a little color can do to liven up a place.
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February 23, 2005 | Barbara Hansen, Times Staff Writer
One of the best Thai dishes I have tasted in years turned up in Bua Siam, a tiny restaurant in a North Hollywood strip mall. The heady fragrance that drifted up from the plate of fine rice noodles transported me to Thailand's lush countryside. I could have been eating in a rural market or from a noodle boat plying the klongs (canals). Lemon grass, lime leaves, coconut milk and chiles played off each other brilliantly.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2009 | By S. IRENE VIRBILA, Restaurant Critic
New York entrepreneur George Abou-Daoud has a spanking new place for Hollywood hipsters to hang. That would be the gourmet market and wine bar called the Mercantile just a few blocks west of his popular Bowery and Delancey venues. And this time, he's nabbed a name chef to do the food -- Kris Morningstar, who comes fully credentialled from stints at A.O.C. and Blue Velvet, not counting a short tenure at Casa downtown as opening chef. Morningstar will be handling both the Mercantile and the restaurant District next door (slated to open soon)
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Dominic A. Riley
An occasional series takes in the scene at new restaurants on opening night. “I like the polka dots,” a diner mentioned to her server as she took a seat at one of the numbered wooden tables at Goldie's , the West 3rd Street restaurant that opened for dinner on Thursday. “They dressed you well.” But everyone at restaurateur Nick Mathers' second Los Angeles venture was dressed well. This is 3rd Street - a microcosm of L.A.'s trendy dining scene and even trendier diners.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
' Food and fiction' at Muddy Leek: Starting March 20, Muddy Leek in Culver City will host Tongue and Groove 's poetry collective every third Wednesday of the month. Performances will include short fiction, personal essays, poetry, music, spoken word and more. Tickets to attend the poetry collective at Muddy Leek are $20 and include a grilled cheese and glass of wine or a beer. 8631 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 838-2281, www.muddyleek.com .   St. Supéry wine dinner at Cafe del Rey: On March 21, a wine dinner at Cafe del Rey will feature wines from Napa Valley's family-owned St. Supéry . The four-course, Mediterranean-inspired menu will include lamb meatball skewers, seared sea scallops, stewed rabbit saddle, roasted lamb chop and vanilla spiced pavlova.
HOME & GARDEN
March 9, 2013 | Jane Greenstein, Greenstein is a Los Angeles-based website producer and freelance writer
I've never been hung up on dating rich men. Sugar daddies don't cross my path too frequently. Sure, we all want to date gainfully employed men, but the size of a man's bank account (or lack thereof) doesn't automatically disqualify him. I also pride myself on reciprocating. If a man takes me out a few times, I feel it's appropriate to return the favor, financially speaking. I truly thought I had figured out the commerce of dating until a recent romance went awry. Earlier this year, I began dating Frank, a wealthy, age-appropriate, Ivy League-educated, amicably divorced law firm partner whom I met through Match.com.
FOOD
March 2, 2013
David Myers returns to fine dining, inspired by - what else? - Japan. LOCATION 10 W. Century Drive, Century City, (310) 552-1200, hinokiandthebird.com PRICES Snacks, $6-$15; small plates, $11-$25; grilled dishes, $21-$38; vegetables, $5-$12; desserts, $4-$8. DETAILS Open 5:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Credit cards accepted. Full bar. Valet parking.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Chef Brian Malarkey , a judge on ABC's new cooking competition show "The Taste," has five restaurants in San Diego: Searsucker , Burlap , Gabardine , Gingham and Herringbone . Malarkey, who will lead a cooking demonstration Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show , shared his favorite food hangouts when he travels to these five cities: Portland, Ore.: Pok Pok and Clyde Common are two of my favorite...
FOOD
June 23, 2004 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
Minibar has a sweet-natured goofy charm all its own. First there's the name. And the motto on the menu: "a frugal finger-food spree with sophisticated five star flair -- part savoir faire, part devil may care. Cocktails and canapes for all to share!" The amazing thing is that the two-month old restaurant lives up to it.
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April 28, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Sitting at dusk, leisurely nibbling on mezze, or small plates, between sips of wine or tea is a way of life in the Middle East. Mezze ease you into the meal in the most delightful way. And if you can enjoy them outdoors, even better. L.A. has the climate, and it also boasts a number of restaurants where you can feast on these marvelous little bites. Here are a few. Cleo Head with friends to chic Cleo for any of more than 30 mezze from executive chef Danny Elmaleh, all less than $10. Order them in flights, a mix of hot and cold.
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