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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. [...]

Restaurants: KULA Sushi Bistro

When it comes to eating great sushi, not all Japanese restaurants are created equal. KULA Sushi Bistro proves that, with a sophisticated atmosphere (right down to the three-piece trio playing soft music in the background) and a focus on “the natural culinary traditions of Japan.” [...]

Restaurants: BLT Steak

It has taken him a while, but star chef Laurent Tourondel has finally gotten around to bringing his award-winning cuisine to Los Angeles. [...]

Restaurant: Beso

Beso, the posh eatery in the heart of Hollywood, is blessed with a double kiss of success. [...]
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