Posts for December 28, 2012

Gold Charmed By Storefront's Cutting Edge Deli Sandwiches

Storefront's roast beef sandwich

Everyone's talking about Los Feliz's Storefront these days, raving about this modern deli from the Salt's Cure team that makes everything from scratch. Today, Jonathan Gold weighs in with a review, positioning the BLT, "at the heart of one of the strongest culinary movements in the country at the moment: the radical reinvention of everyday dishes by deconstructing them and rebuilding them to the tiniest detail," the house-cured bacon providing "a Hendrix fuzztone translated into meat."

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Mr. Chow Opening in Malibu on New Year's Eve

Today's food-perverts are more obsessed with Elite Restaurant than the elite pretense and deadlocked menu of Mr. Chow, but that isn't stopping the celeb-heavy home for opulent Chinese cuisine from a successful expansion. Patch reports that Mr. Chow will open a Malibu location on Monday, December 31, taking over for the former site of Nobu at Malibu Country Mart, which moved to glamorous new digs back in August.

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El Segundo Brewing Co. Hits the Bottle

El Segundo Brewing Co., makers of the Citra Pale Ale, one of our favorite new brew finds of 2012, plans to release two of its ales in bottles in the weeks to come. L.A. Mag's Digest spots the brewery's Standard Crude Imperial Stout on its way to the federal approval process at 10.3% ABV, as well as plans to bottle half-wheat, half-barley White Dog IPA, both in 22 Oz. formats. The beers are likely to hit store shelves in mid-to-late January, while the brewery is currently working to double its output with the addition of new fermentation tanks. [DIgest]

Cacao Mexicatessen's New Wine and Beer Bar Slated For February Debut

Cabernet barrels are used as chandeliersPhoto: Javier Cabral

In July, we noted an expansion at Eagle Rock's Cacao Mexicatessen, which is reaching into the family's neighboring flower shop to open an attached wine bar. Owner Andrew Lujan tells Grub Street the project is slated to open in mid-February, integrated into Cacao's existing brand and space. The design, overseen by a local husband and wife team, is based Lujan's idea of what a forties-style Mexican wine bar might look like, with recycled Cabernet barrels serving as the chandeliers and wine bottle as orchid holders, along with embossed grape vines camouflaged into the paint job, exposed brick and castle-style stone on the walls, and restroom doors seemingly ripped from the set of Zorro (this one, not this one).

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Lunch is Served at Bar Amá

Your opportunities to explore Josef Centeno's Tex-Mex menu at his new Bar Amá just doubled this week. The restaurant started serving lunch on Wednesday, now beginning daily at 11:30 A.M. and ending at 2:30 P.M. and featuring the chef's same selection of puffy tacos, ceviches, wood-grilled fajitas, burgers, and octopus-kielbasa fideo as you'll find Downtown clamoring for at dinner. 118 W. 4th St. Downtown. [Earlier]

Former NHL Players Busted For Fracas at Laguna Beach Jack-in-the-Box

Kepe your damned hands off my seasoned curly fries, eh?

Two former NHL hockey stars were arrested last Friday after starting a fight at Jack in the Box in Laguna Beach. In further proof that you can take the brawlers off of the ice, but you can't take the psychopathic impulses out of the brawler, one-time Anaheim Duck Jean Francois Jomphe and former Toronto Maple Leaf Rich Costello hit the restaurant's drive-in via taxi, cutting off a carload of of younger diners. One of the offended responded with a hand-gesture that lead Costello to smash the car's window, cutting a passenger's faces, before throwing an errant punch and kick at a man who tried to intervene. Both athletes were arrested and booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and vandalism. Now, we hate to say we've warned you already about fast-food transforming people into raging monsters, particularly at 1:00 A.M. in the morning, but well, we totally did.

Ex-NHL players arrested in Jack in the Box fight [LAT]

Vine Street Stretch Seeking "Peru Village" Designation

Answering the demand of L.A.'s Peruvian community, Eric Garcetti is introducing a motion that would designate the Hollywood blocks of Vine Street in between Sunset and Melrose as "Peru Village," home to four Peruvian restaurants, including local favorites like Balcones del Peru, Mario's, and El Dorado. Supporters envision the area growing to include businesses that promote the culture, of which there are few more powerful examples than those serving food, while Garcetti tells The L.A. Times, "I don't think people want a city that's a soup where you mix it all together and you can't taste any of them. I think they want distinct flavors and places with character." [LAT]

Rocio Camacho Splits With Bell Location of Mole del Dioses

Camacho's new mole sampler at Rocio's Mole del DiosesPhoto: Javier Cabral

Rocio's Mole del Dioses in Bell, one of our favorite new restaurants in the past year, is now riding without its titular mole-making genius, Rocio Camacho. Nonetheless, this original location of the restaurant continues to use the name of the chef, who bounced from La Casita Mexicana to Moles La Tia to La Huasteca over the past few years, on its signage and dishes (abogados have been contacted, we're told). Camacho is now focused solely on the iteration of the restaurant found in Sun Valley, right above Burbank.

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Here’s How Dining Changed Across Grub Street USA in 2012

Ramen: no longer only big in Japan.Photo: Jakob N. Layman/Time Out New York

New York critic Adam Platt's Where to Eat 2013, which is on newsstands this week, breaks down some 60 clutch recommendations based on the thousands of restaurant meals Platt has eaten and the emerging trends — like the sudden flourish of small Italian places and resurgence of old-school French — he's noticed along the way. While we look forward to the New Year, we figured it'd be an ideal time to take one good look at how dining changed everywhere else in 2012.

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