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The First Look at Mercato di Vetro's Menu; Libra Serves $15 All You Can Eat Buffet

Mercato di Vetro's branzino baked in a salt bread crust

Mercato di Vetro's branzino baked in a salt bread crustPhoto: SBE

Atwater Village: A young gringo named Ben Callaway took the neighborhood farmers market's salsa contest this weekend with a "a bunch of ingredients" the amateur cook threw together. [The Eastsider LA]
Beverly Hills: Bar Noir at Maison 140 is now serving gourmet popcorn from Popped at its Wednesday night Jazz Nights. [GS]
Brentwood: Eric Lechasseur's expanded Seed Bistro is even tempting carnivores for more. [LAist]
Culver City: Libra's $15 AYCE Brazilian buffet, served to anyone who gets here before noon, is good enough to make Zach Brooks overlook his ten dollars or less rule. [Midtown Lunch]

Downtown: Ocho Mexican Grill is expanding to a second location, this one to open in Bunker Hill at four times the size of the Sixth Street location. [LA Downtown News]
--San Antonio Winery received a whole new look, with skylights and a stuffed giraffe toy. [Squid Ink]
Hollywood: The once-secret menu at Krua Thai has been integrated into the full menu, under the "recommended dishes" section. [Midtown Lunch]
--Despite its anti-gay leanings, the debut of Chick-Fil-A in Hollywood was a smashing success. [Eater]
Koreatown: All' Angolo, a regular old pizza and pasta shop, is now open. In case that KTown Southern barbecue place is full, we suppose. [Eater]
Lancaster: A new brewery called Kinetic is in the works from Steven Kinsey, who plans an attached restaurant with chef David Bowles in the kitchen. [Eater]
Lincoln Heights: Isn't it time to grow your own? Join two permaculturists this Thursday at HM157 to learn how to start urban gardening. [The Eastsider LA]
Venice: Larry's just introduced its happy hour, daily from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. and from 10:00 P.M. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Expect dining and drink discounts. [Feast]
West Hollywood: SBE's Mercato di Vetro is opening in October and The Daily Dish has full details, with a first look at the menu. [LAT]

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