PettyCash Los Angeles

I haven’t been as excited about a new restaurant in a long time. PettyCash is the creation of Bill Chait and Executive Chef Walter Manzke who feverishly renovated the former Playa to open a Tijuana-style taqueria. Chait has had a slew of successful restaurants with Sotto, Picca, Short Order, Short Cake, the newly opened Bestia…

BEP Kitchen – Vietnamese Brunch

Kitchen pop-ups have gained steam and are becoming more frequent and popular in Los Angeles due to social media. It’s an ideal way for chefs to showcase their dishes and perfect their hospitality skills, without investing hundreds of thousands of dollars. If successful, Pop-ups attract a foodie following and investors looking to open a restaurant….

Tony P’s Dockside Grill

After college, I had a friend who lived in Marina Del Rey that I visited often. We used to go to the popular Red Onion, Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse and Warehouse restaurants to meet friends after work. All were located along the waterfront with boats of all sizes in the background. When Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse closed…

The 5-Star Dorchester Collection

I had the delightful opportunity to meet Christopher Cowdray, the CEO of the Dorchester Collection and many of his talented Grand Managers last Friday at the “Pink Palace” for lunch. Cowdray informed a group of media professionals about the various Dorchester properties in Europe and USA. Sitting next to Zoe Jenkins, General Manager of the…

The Pleasing Paiche

Chef Ricardo Zarate’s newest restaurant, Paiche in Marina del Rey, opened earlier this month to a standing-room crowd. I was invited to a pre-opening “hard-hat” tasting a few days earlier and saw two young artists with brushes in hand applying gold paint on to floor to ceiling cobalt blue posts. They were replicating the scales…

Tortilla Republic

My first experience at Tortilla Republic was in Poipu Beach, Kauai. The modern Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar offers a creative menu without using lard, unwanted preservatives or additives. Owned by the same restaurateurs who own Taste in the Pacific Palisades and on Melrose, they opened a second Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood in March…

Korean Dining and Fun at Star King

Korean restaurants are known for their popular barbecue where patrons grill their own pork, chicken and beef. This Koreatown restaurant adds a twist to the menu in that is serves Piedmontese Beef, which is grass-fed, free of antibiotics and hormones, and is ultra tender. Star King, which opened last July, offers cuts of brisket, boneless…