CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2012 |
It's a familiar scene in car-centric Los Angeles: Motorist drives up in expensive car to sidewalk lectern with "valet parking" sign. Motorist tosses keys to total stranger wearing black pants and white shirt. Convenience to some, menace to others, L.A.'s myriad parking valets could soon, for the first time, be subject to regulation. Critics complain that fly-by-night valets have turned trusting souls into cynics by failing to cover damage to vehicles or by lifting valuables from glove compartments.
June 30, 2012
Gusto Small soulful Italian from chef/owner Vic Casanova who revels in the food he loves to eat at this West Third Street spot - sweetbread Milanese, octopus with chickpeas and harissa, pappardelle with oxtail ragu, old-fashioned braciole, and affogato made with Intelligentsia coffee. Location: 8432 W. Third Street, Los Angeles (between Orlando Avenue. and La Cienega Boulevard), (323) 782-1778, gusto-la.com. Price: Small plates, $11 to $16; pizzas, $13 to $15; pasta, $14 to $17; main courses, $18 to $28; sides, $7; desserts, $7. Details: Open Tuesday to Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m.; Friday 6 to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday 5 to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday 5 to 10 p.m. Corkage, $20. Valet parking, $4.
June 16, 2012
An inspired gastropub with friendly service, cocktails and a concise menu of generous, polished small plates including housemade charcuterie. Location: 11520 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3000; http://www.freddysmalls.com Prices: Snacks, $4 to $8; "smalls," $14 to $20; salads and vegetables, $9 to $16; boards, $18 to $26; desserts, $8. Cocktails, $9 to $12. Details: Open 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
May 19, 2012
Sunny Spot A Caribbean-inspired joint from chef Roy Choi, with rum cocktails, tropicalia and a reggae soundtrack. LOCATION 822 Washington Blvd., Venice, (310) 448-8884, sunnyspotvenice.com. PRICES Appetizers, $4 to $12; larger plates, $12 to $18 (and way up for special dishes); desserts, $4 to $8. DETAILS The kitchen is open 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday to Saturday. Credit cards. Full bar. Valet parking.