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Review: This Atwater Village sushi bar is what L.A. fine dining is all about

Every piece of nigiri shaped by Morihiro Onodera’s hands reminds me to appreciate the humbler beauty beneath the shiny overlay. In matters of sushi, the sea treasures will always vie for the limelight: uni in the soft shades of Renoir’s oranges, tuna glowing deep reds and creamy pinks, saba cut to accentuate a curving streak of silvery skin. Onodera — “Mori” or “Mori-san” to the fan base he’s accrued over nearly 40 years in Los Angeles — pays the rice underneath equal respect. His care begins at the source. Last decade he helped bankroll a farm in Uruguay growing nutty, slightly chewy rice to his proclivities. By next year he’ll be serving a variety he’s commissioned in Iwate prefecture, the region along the northeast coast of Japan’s main island where he grew up.
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Los Angeles, CAwestsidetoday.com

New Sandwich Spot Opens From Chef Behind Little Fatty

The chef behind popular Mar Vista restaurant Little Fatty has opened Skinny Daves, a sandwich shop on the Westside. As reported by Eater Los Angeles, David Kuo of Mar Vista Taiwanese restaurant Little Fatty has opened a sandwich spot in Westchester called Skinny Daves. The shop, located at 6208 87th...
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Inglewood, CAinglewoodtoday.com

LA Lounge to celebrate 6 years at Regency West Inglewood Biz to promote COVID vaccine

LA Lounge owner Aaron Moore knows from personal experience the dangers of COVID-19 having contracted the virus and subsequently being vaccinated. So it is of little surprise that Moore will continue to use his platform as Inglewood business owner to encourage unvaccinated people to take the shot at LA Lounge 6th anniversary on July 31 at Regency West from 12 noon til 10p.m.
Marina Del Rey, CAyovenice.com

Uovo Pasta Opens in Marina Del Rey

Popular pasta restaurant Uovo is now open in Marina Del Rey. In an Instagram post this week, the restaurant announced its soft opening at the Boardwalk Marina del Rey at Pier 44, 4635 Admiralty Way. The soft opening hours are as follows: Monday – Friday 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 11:30 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. The eatery is near sister restaurants Kazu Nori and HiHo Cheeseburger, which both opened recently.
Glendale, CAcrescentavalleyweekly.com

Outdoor Dining Parklets to Stay a Little Longer in Montrose

Since the implementation of parklets, or Glendale’s al fresco dining program, local restaurants were given a lifeline when restrictions were imposed due to COVID-19 with most people seeming to enjoy outdoor dining. Recently, though, there has been a difference of opinions between the board of directors of the Montrose Shopping...
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Manhattan Beach, CAdigmb.com

Esperanza Opens in Manhattan Beach

The long-awaited Mexican restaurant Esperanza Cocina de la Playa is set to open in Downtown Manhattan Beach on July 29. Under the stewardship of Corporate Chef Raymond Alvarez and Head Mixologists John Fox and Kevin Williams, Esperanza promises modern interpretations of traditional Sonoran cuisine and an. expertly crafted bar program.
Los Angeles, CALarchmont Chronicle

A rollicking and fancy Italian dinner in a bleak part of town

I hadn’t ventured downtown since the before times, but recently the lure of our urban environment called me to indulge in a fancy Italian dinner in the fashion district. It was still light out as we threaded our way past Disney Hall’s gleaming undulating walls and 7th Street’s vibey storefront eateries. Suddenly, civilization gave way to streets filled with discount goods and warehouses, then block after block of tents and dented lawn chairs.
Marina Del Rey, CAtoddrickallen.com

Naab Cafe Now Open In MDR

Out of nowhere a new Mediterranean eatery has appeared in Marina Del Rey. With other locations in Westwood and Encino, Naab Cafe is now open at 4020C Lincoln Blvd. Expect a menu of small plates, sandwiches, falafel, and kebob.
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West Hollywood, CAFast Casual

Veggie Grill adds 30th location

The 30th Veggie Grill opened Thursday in West Hollywood at 7917 Sunset Blvd. "We are thrilled to be opening our newest Veggie Grill in West Hollywood as we further deliver on our mission to help people begin, advance, and enjoy their plant-based journey and empower more Americans to dine consciously," Founder T.K. Pillan said in a company press release. "Veggie Grill believes it is more important than ever for people to vote with their dollars to stop supporting industrialized animal agriculture. We are grateful for partners like Beyond Meat, Veganuary, and Lettuce Grow who are helping us celebrate this opening and share our mission of helping people evolve to a better future one delicious meal at a time."
Westlake Village, CAVentura County Reporter

SHAKEN & STIRRED | Bamboo Room

PICTURED: The Infatuation from the Bamboo Room in Westlake Village. Photo by Ben Shani. 30760 Russell Ranch Road, Suite C, Westlake Village. The press release for the Bamboo Room touts this new Westlake Village hot spot as “a true escape” to “mingle with friends” for “a fun night out.”. I’ve...
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Santa Monica, CASanta Monica Mirror

Umami Burger Opening Two Santa Monica Adjacent Locations

Popular burger restaurant coming to Main Street, San Vicente. Popular restaurant Umami Burger will be opening two new locations each just feet from the Santa Monica border. As reported by Toddrickallen, Umami Burger will be opening at 235 Main Street in Venice in the former space that used to be home to fusion taco spot Komodo, just a block from the Santa Monica border. In addition, Toddrickallen also reported that Umami Burger is also opening at 3050 San Vicente Boulevard in the former space that used to be home to Le Pain Quotidien, less than a block from Santa Monica.
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Lasita reopens in Chinatown with a makeover

Earlier this year, Lasa in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza was rebranded as Lasita, a casual Filipino rotisserie and natural wines concept; recently it closed for a couple months for a renovation. Now it’s open again, and former Lasa chef de cuisine Nico de Leon runs the restaurant with owner Chase Valencia, serving dishes such as chicken inasal and pork belly lechon. There’s a new bar snacks menu, which includes smoked eggplant crostini and sinigang shrimp chips, to pair with natural wines.
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Pasadena, CAPasadena Star-News

5 best restaurants for guacamole in the San Gabriel Valley

The Guinness World Record for the largest serving of guacamole was set in Tancitaro, Mexico, on April 6, 2018, when 350 locals gathered together at the town’s annual Avocado Festival to prepare 8,351 pounds of guac. Sadly, Guinness does not tell us how many avocados that represents, nor how many tons of chips were required to devour it all. But, we can assume, a lot.
Long Beach, CALong Beach Press-Telegram

5 best restaurants for guacamole in the Long Beach area

The Guinness World Record for the largest serving of guacamole was set in Tancitaro, Mexico, on April 6, 2018, when 350 locals gathered together at the town’s annual Avocado Festival to prepare 8,351 pounds of guac. Sadly, Guinness does not tell us how many avocados that represents, nor how many tons of chips were required to devour it all. But, we can assume, a lot.