Shindler Skews Haute Burgers For His Habit Habit; Virbila Welcomes Chef Remi Lauvand

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Merrill Shindler hasn't found any new-fangled, fashionable burger "that comes close to…The Habit Burger Grill" in El Segundo. [Daily Breeze]

"The fish pot at New Chong Qing is almost another species: heaving rather than seething; delicate rather than overwhelming," says Jonathan Gold about the San Gab strip-mall spot. [L.A. Weekly]

Bringing chef Remi Lauvand into the kitchen puts 30-year old Café Pierre "on an equal footing with some of the best French bistros around," proclaims S. Irene Virbila. [L.A. Times]

"I use my beautiful things every day, and every day they give me pleasure," Sra. Sherry Irene Virbila mentions as she tours displays her kitchen gee-gaws and antiques. [L.A. Times]

Finding an almond croissant as good the one at Claude's in Manhattan is tricky for Jonathan Gold, but Susina Bakery is his recommended spot in L.A. [L.A. Weekly]

"As far as restaurants-within-restaurants, nobody may take the concept quite so far as Palate Food + Wine," says Gold, who has been feeling their restaurant re-defining Cirque du Fromage on Tuesdays and Sunday Sessions. [L.A. Weekly]