Posts for November 1, 2012

Miami's Barton G. Rolling Onto La Cienega

We would have been happy with a simple cafecitoPhoto: Barton G.

Following the news that New York is sending us our own Rao's, word drops that Miami's Barton G. The Restaurant is heading to La Cienega at the start of new year. For anyone who ever thought The Bazaar was a little over-the-top, you ain't seen nothing yet mang.

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Slater's 50/50 Opens November 23 in Pasadena

Slater's 50/50, the burger and beer concept we recently declared as a final destination before the Aporkalypse, is finally coming to L.A. following the San Diego chain's recent expansion to Orange County. The chain is known for hatching some fairly crazy ideas, like a burger with a patty made from 100% bacon and playing a part in the long history of using Krispy Kremes instead of buns. Expect Slater's to open on November 23 at 61 North Raymond Avenue in Old Town. Bring a defibrillator.

Bourdain Reflects on No Reservations Ahead of Its Finale

He just might be his own worst critic.Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

We’ve already heard plenty about what Anthony Bourdain doesn’t like about television’s food programming. And we’ve also heard almost as much about what he does like. However, what we’ve never gotten a definitive word on is what he thinks about his own show. Ahead of Monday’s big finale, he took to Tumblr today to reflect on just that. And based upon the sheer length of the post, it’s obvious that he put a lot of time into mulling over all 140 episodes. In his self-assessment, he gives high marks to last season’s holiday special, mostly because it fulfilled his goal of causing “terror and confusion” among network executives.

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Tsurumaru Exploring Udon in Little Tokyo

Tsurumaru Udon

Little Tokyo is anticipating the arrival of a new udon specialist named Tsurumaru, taking over space next to Shojin on Alameda Street. There are many broth, topping, and temperature variations in which this thick wheat-based noodle can be slurped, from the basic brown kake udon with a mirin, soy, and dashi-based broth to chilly, summer-suited bowls, and more cheeky variations like the meat-obscuring ninja udon with shuriken-shaped nori, and every perv's favorite old reliable, bukakke udon.

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Solo Tapas Coming To The W Hollywood

Solo Tapas

A Spanish sandwich concept called Solo Tapas is due next to Delphine at The W Hotel Hollywood, promising daily deliveries of pre-baked bread from Sevilla's PanSur on a wide menu of sandwich options, along with Iberian-imported wine, sangria, and Ferran Adria's Estrella Damm Inedit beer from a fully loaded bar. This Walk-of-Fame location will be the first in a planned expansion to five stores in the next year, and eventually a franchise model with hundreds of outlets in mind. No specific menu information is being disclosed just yet by the Spanish owners behind the concept, but they do let on that this will be tapas in the form of traditional montados, small bites "mounted" atop baguette slices, as well as full on bocadillo sandwiches with ingredients like chorizo, jamon Serrano, and manchego, along with glimpses of tortilla espaƱola and mussels on the shop's website. The atmosphere intends to recreate the feel of a Spanish tapas bar and owners say they've already inked a deal for a second location to come Downtown following the initial opening.

Solo Tapas, coming soon to The W Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood.

The Lime Truck Opens TLT Food, Now Serving Westwood

Poke nachosPhoto: TLT Food

TLT Food opened this morning in Westwood, and since it took us too many years to figure out that TLC stands for "T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli," we'll let you know straight from the get-go that this one stands for "The Lime Truck Food." Yep, another truck gone brick-and-mortar and leaving the "Truck" in the name, as this is the restaurant version of Daniel Shemtob's Great Food Truck Race-winning The Lime Truck, an Orange County mobile that stands apart from many of its peers.

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50% Off Wine at The Churchill on Election Night

Hopefully, even the undecided dolts have figured out their plan out for next Tuesday. Elsewhere, only the panacean abilities of alcohol are likely to quell the general unease and widespread hand-wringing over the coming election. Every Tuesday--even ones that don't determine the future of civilization--The Churchill offers 50% off of every bottle of wine it carries, and plans to pair this deal with the election results on its multiple TV sets next week. Whether you're drinking away your sorrow or toasting the outcome, the West Hollywood restaurant has got you covered come November 6. 8384 W 3rd St.

New Romney Ad Blames Obama for Barbecue Restaurant Closure

Thanks a lot, Obama!Photo: BBQ Geek

In a last-ditch attempt to appear human, Mitt Romney has exploited found a shuttering barbecue restaurant and managed to pin the blame for their downfall on President Obama. In a hard-hitting video, Bill's Barbecue president Rhoda Elliott tells the sad story of the Richmond institution's closure, pinning the blame on Obama's inattention to small businesses. "Bill's Barbecue couldn't take four years under President Obama. Can we afford four more?" the video demands. It's a tear-jerker. The video pans across empty booths, a barren countertop, and a vacant parking lot. The camera even lingers over a sad-looking pie.

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Black Hogg Reopening in Silver Lake, Tuesday November 6

Black Hogg's wild mushrooms on a brioche boxPhoto: KevinEats

Next Tuesday, chef Eric Park is reopening Black Hogg in Silver Lake, following its temporary closure in late August to make room for the acclaimed restaurant's beer and wine license. Opening without a liquor license didn't deter Park (who'd worked under Dan Barber, Wylie Dufresne, and David Chang, among other notable names) from racking up raves from S. Irene Virbila and The Man with The Golden Touch for his wild mushrooms on a brioche box and porky proclivities.

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Rick Bayless Signing Books at Red O; Mark Bittman Lecturing on Food Choices

Bayless

Rick Bayless will make an appearance next week at Red O, the West Hollywood restaurant he's cited as a consultant on, dropping by on Thursday and Friday to plug a new cookbook, Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks, which he'll be offering a bite from before signing copies. The volume will be offered at the restaurant, and hopefully Bayless will stick a huarache in your mouth without putting his foot into his.

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SGV Sea Cucumber Bandit Behind Bars

L.A. can almost breathe easy again, as The Times announces the capture of an enterprising criminal mastermind behind a string of sea cucumber and ginseng robberies plaguing San Gabriel Valley health stores throughout October. After a couple of narrow escapes, 56-year-old Man Van Truong of Van Nuys was caught in the act with his hands around a barrel of ginseng at a Chinese herbal medicine shop last Tuesday, leading police to track his car down and nab him. A number of similar thefts have been reported in the last few months all over the SGV, with dried sea cucumber fetching prices of up to $130 per pound and ginseng over $300.

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