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Restaurant: Mercado in Santa Monica Was Worth the Wait

If a restaurant has its opening delayed for more than a year and the proprietors have a well earned reputation for high quality modern Mexican cuisine, expectations run high when it finally opens. Mercado, the new restaurant on 4th Street in Santa Monica is the brainchild of owner Jesse Gomez and co-owner/Chef Jose Acevedo. Gomez and Acevedo also have a successful restaurant called Yzta Cocina Mexicana on the east side of downtown Los Angeles. Mercado features the same sophisticated cooking using only the best farm fresh ingredients and complements the food with professionally mixed cocktails. The market for upscale Mexican cuisine is pretty crowded on the west side of Los Angeles, but Mercado definitely has the right formula for success. [...]

Restaurant: District 13 Gastro pub a winner on Cahuenga

The Cahuenga corridor north of Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood is jammed with bars, clubs, restaurants and hangouts trying desperately to attract the abundant night owls in the neighborhood. Nestled into the middle of a mini-mall at the corner of Selma Ave. and Cahuenga Blvd. is District 13 a gastro pub that stands out from the crowd with an expertly selected assortment of craft beers and some fine pub food. [...]

Restaurants: Obika Mozzarella Bar Introduces Gourmet Pizza Menu

On the second floor of the Westfield Century City shopping center is a restaurant that seems to have been transported from a bustling corner of Milan, Italy. Obika Mozzarella Bar is a sleek, fine dining establishment that honors the old world by using fresh ingredients prepared authentically. In addition to a full menu of Italian delicacies, the restaurant has begun serving pizza that compares favorably with some of the best in Los Angeles. [...]

Restaurants: Yxta Cocina Mexicana Serves Fine Food at an East LA Oasis

Nestled in a mini-mall several blocks east of downtown Los Angeles is a classy and modern Mexican restaurant called Yxta. In a neighborhood that looks like it requires a Marine escort to navigate safely, this fine eatery serves some delicious, modern interpretations of Mexican cuisine. Owner Jesse Gomez and Chef Jose Acevedo are working on launching a new restaurant, Mercado, in downtown Santa Monica. They recently served a showcase four course dinner menu paired with Tequila Ocho cocktails and flights to preview the new restaurant. [...]

Restaurants: Taberna Mexicana Brings Fine Regional Cuisine To Beverly Hills

It is a daunting task to launch a high-end restaurant in a difficult economy, not to mention having to deal with the sky-high rents of Beverly Hills. The people behind Taberna Mexicana must have been extremely confident when they opened their new Bedford Drive establishment in the midst of some of the most expensive real estate in the ritziest part of Los Angeles. Having recently experienced the elegant atmosphere, expert service and fine creative dishes of executive chef Alex Padilla, it is clear to us that Taberna Mexicana has the right stuff to compete in this challenging market. [...]

Parties: Seths and the Hollywood Supperclub

The Supperclub Los Angeles is one of Hollywood’s hot new trendy venues (perhaps the first “trenue?”). Based on the original Supperclub in Amsterdam, the retrofitted Vogue Movie Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard has been transformed by its new owners into a blank canvas. Bars, couches, beds, floors, walls, and ceiling are pure white. In the words of the designer, “The color we add to it will shape it. This way, it can become anything!” And what a show it has become. At the opening night gala on December 2, the Carnivale/Mardi Gras/Cabaret atmosphere included a zebra, stilt walkers, midgets, sky dancers, performance artists, floor dancers, a pantomime tiger, strobe lights, and house music punctuated by celebrity sightings, hot pants, and cool cocktails. [...]

Restaurant: Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs in Manhattan Beach

When a movie producer leaves the business and opens a rib joint, it seems like a crazy gamble. But Chef Jonathan Burrows beat the odds with his Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs restaurants, SoCal hotspots for delicious down-home staples like ribs, chicken, and hot links. His original West Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks locations have been extremely successful, so when he found a piece of prime real estate in downtown Manhattan Beach, a new Mr. Cecil’s was born. [...]

Restaurants: Joe’s Pizza

Finding a good slice of pizza in Los Angeles is a difficult challenge. What makes a good slice? From the perspective of a native New Yorker, a thin crispy crust, sweet tangy sauce, and gooey, rich mozzarella cheese are the essentials. Joe’s Pizza really nails it. With New York City locations on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, and Kings Highway in Brooklyn operating since 1975, Joe Vitale has ventured west to show Los Angeles how to do pizza right. [...]

Restaurant: Laurel Tavern, A Gastropub

As soon as I heard the buzz (swirling late last year) about a hot new watering hole in my ’hood (Studio City, CA), a few friends and I strolled over to Laurel Tavern one Thursday evening to see what the fuss was about. [...]

Restaurants: Luckyfish

You can sit outside at Luckyfish, on Canon Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills, but that would defeat the purpose. [...]
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