The return of outdoor dining on Friday is definitely the most exciting food news for Angelenos this week! See below for a few more dining ideas…
Support Los Angeles’ women restaurateurs this week by participating in RE:Her, a food festival focusing on women-owned restaurants. A sisterhood of Los Angeles restaurateurs, RE:Her (short for Regarding Her) features special collabs with female chefs, themed to-go menus, one-on-one talks with women in the industry, and more. A few highlights: a Guelaguetza/All Day Baby tiayuda collab (a Nashville chicken-influenced homage with smoked chicken, Nashville hot spice, chicken skins, Oaxaca cheese, and jalepeño crema, $19, from 1/26-1/28); Jitlada’s BBQ Pork Rice Special ($12.95); a Burritos La Palma/Porridge and Puffs collab with four birria burritos, mirepoix porridge, rose-geranium pickles and more ($60); Pura Vita’s two-course plant-based Italian dinner, plus a bottle of wine from a female Italian winemaker for $64; and a cheese sampler/virtual tasting event from Milkfarm ($30). RE:Her continues through Saturday, January 31. More info can be found here.
You don’t need to visit Arizona to try FLINT by Baltaire. The famed Phoenix restaurant has launched a pop-up menu at Brentwood’s Baltaire, available only until mid-March. FLINT’s menu skews more Mediterranean than Baltaire, with Middle Eastern flavors joining the steakhouse sizzle. Standout items on the temporary menu include Spicy Short Rib Hummus, Moroccan Fried Chicken with harissa and tahini ranch, Artichoke Hummus, and Di Stefano burrata with prosciutto, arugula pesto, and grilled country bread. Cocktails-to-go include the Grapefruit & Chill (Mi Campo Tequila, elderflower, and grapefruit), while desserts include burnt Basque Cheesecake. The pop-up menu is available Thursdays through Sundays (except for Valentine’s weekend) until March 14.
Los Feliz welcomes a new restaurant to the neighborhood when Nossa opens on Wednesday, January 27. Nossa (Portuguese for both “wow” and “ours”) takes over the space that was Vinoteca Farfalla and Tropicalia. The owner remains the same but the new chef hails from Modena, Italy. Nossa promises to merge the food of three cultures — Italy, Brazil, and California — in a unique, flavorful way. Menu standouts include Brazilian fish stew with coconut milk, tagliatelle with wild mushroom and truffle ragu, and canjica (Brazilian coconut and white corn porridge with peanuts and cinnamon). Wines are sourced from small, sustainable producers in California, Europe, and the Mediterranean area, while all beers are local. Takeout and delivery begin on Wednesday, while outdoor dining launches this Friday.
Rockwell Kitchen, the recently opened, woman-owned stationary food truck overlooking the Pacific, closed for a few weeks due to the safer-at-home mandate but is now back in business! Focusing on breakfast and lunch fare made with fresh, local, and seasonal elements, the eatery is located on PCH near Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Malibu. Rockwell Kitchen is offering a free cup of Cafecita coffee to customers who mention the RE:Her event (see above) through January 30.
Urban Plates, the small chain of elevated casual restaurants based here in So Cal, served lunch in Washington DC last week to some notable guests: former Presidents and First Ladies Obama, Clinton, and Bush. The lunch, made from scratch with sustainable ingredients, took place on Inauguration Day before the sextet joined President Biden for the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.
Suzanne Goin’s Cassoulet Nights at Lucques were always a cause for celebration. Though Lucques is gone, Lucques Catering continues the tradition! Cassoulet Nights return this Friday and Saturday, January 29 and 30, and can be ordered via TOCK. Cassoulet de Maison (duck confit, garlic sausage, and white beans) is $65 for 2 or $125 for 4.