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Chew On This: Plan Check, White Plate Dinners, New Noodles
Return of White Plate Dinners @Wilshire
The Wilshire Restaurant, headed by Top Chef contender Nyesha Arrington, will once again be doing nightly specials at its bar. $16 gets you a different dish of market-inspired comfort food every day of the week, paired with your choice of wine, beer, or specialty cocktail. The dinners start Monday, February 20 at the Wilshire Bar. First come first served.
New York’s Bagatelle Opens in WeHo
Bagatelle LA, infamous in New York for its champagne-heavy brunch parties, will offer interiors inspired by Franch and St. Tropez, a seasonal menu and a music program involving a myriad of DJ’s. The kitchen will be led by Le Cordon Bleu alumnus Executive Chef Scott Quinn, formerly of Bouchon in Las Vegas. Bagatelle LA is open now.
Sai Sai Noodle Bar Has New Space, New Menu
Sai Sai has a new “simple sophisticated” noodle menu and beer, wine and sake program, in a space that is meant to be a relaxing excape. Wifi, tv, and an “art corner” invite guests to stay a while. The revamped noodle bar is headed by Millenium Biltmore’s Executive Chef Thomas Ryan and young Nobu veteran Chef Jonathan Shin. Happy Hour is daily from 3 to 7.
Plan Check: Little Osaka gets new eatery from creators of Umami Burger and Harvard & Stone
Chef/Partner Ernesto Uchimura along with barmen Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix promise American comfort food and distinctive drinks in a community-focused atmosphere at Plan Check, their new restaurant and bar in West LA’s Sawtelle neighborhood. Along with carefully sourced dishes and creative cocktails, Plan Check is geared toward a social experience, with some communal table and a neighborhood vibe. Plan Check opens February 22.
3rd Street Station opens near Beverly Center
The Mid City brasserie is inspired by European train station culture and is headed by Chef Greg DeMichiel. It will feature new takes on European regional fare, as well as a full bar. 3rd Street Station opens Friday, February 17.
Coming soon: Pasadena Restaurant Week!
This second annual event will feature more than forty of Pasadena’s favorite restaurants offering prix fixe meals, specials and discounts. Pasadena Restaurant Week takes place March 25-30.
A Few Extra Nibbles:
- Ellen DeGeneres' vegan valley restaurant is going to open very soon!
- What happens when a group of drink-loving writers and bloggers go on a one-night, 8-bar gin cocktail tour? Caroline on Crack tells all. Well, almost all.
- Grub Street LA takes a look at Blue Cow (and their sandwiches) in DTLA.
- Cookie Butter is back at Trader Joe's. Squid Ink helps us celebrate (and understand WTH "cookie butter" is).
- Across the pond, school nutrition advocate and chef Jamie Oliver made a curious musical discovery in the basement of one of his restaurants.
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