Little Next Door Has Soul

A tall gentleman walked into Little Next Door on a Tuesday night with sunglasses and a chic scarf tied around his neck. At first I thought he was the talented actor Liam Neeson with long hair. When he took off his sunglasses, I realized this very handsome French man with an air about him was…

Rolling down the Miracle Mile with Spare Tire

Last time I dined at The Spare Tire, I sat under a full-size crocodile hanging on the wall. I enjoy the eclectic decor in the bar with silver, pewter and gold painted tires hanging on the wall. On the ceiling is an interesting black and white mural above a wall decorated with posters of Marilyn…

Top 10 Favorite Restaurants in Los Angeles for 2014

We have enjoyed some wonderful meals at restaurants throughout Los Angeles. As devoted foodies, our team selected a repertoire of new and old dining establishments that provide creative fare, that is beautifully presented by attentive service, in an inviting atmosphere. Here is our list of honorees from some unique dining venues: #10 Sonoma Wine Garden…

Blue Plate Oysterette

With the success of Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica, the Blue Plate Restaurant Group opened a second Cape Cod-style restaurant on West 3rd Street offering a fun, beach vibe. Located just East of Crescent Heights, this place was packed last Friday evening with locals enjoying fresh seafood, wine and beer while sitting inside or…

Crepes + Kitchen French Sweet Delights

The first thing I noticed when I entered Crepes + Kitchen on Wilshire Blvd. near La Brea Ave. was the friendly greeting from the owners Yafit Barades and Jacqueline Soletzky. These ladies are genuinely nice to every person who walks in their door. They are also passionate about dogs and have a jar of treats…

Plan Check on Fairfax Ave.

When the talented Chef Ernesto Uchimura left the successful Umami Burger chain a little over two years ago, entrepreneur Terry Heller hired him to open the restaurant Plan Check in Culver City. It became a success with its contemporary gastropub food, creative cocktails and fun atmosphere. With strong family ties to the Fairfax neighborhood (Heller’s…

Shhhhh! The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge is Terrific

Stepping into the dark and cozy Whisper Restaurant and Lounge on a cold winter night, it took us about a minute for our eyes to adjust to our surroundings, as we sat down at a high back banquette table and were handed our menus. The restaurant’s interior is elegant with its tall ceilings, mood lighting…

Authentic Mexican Cuisine in LA

“Mexico City has the largest population of Mexican people. Los Angeles has the second largest and Guadalajara has the third,” said Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw during a two-hour lunch with him and a friend at Lotería Grill. Shaw is an affable chef that was raised in Mexico City and cooks the Mex-Mex way, not Tex-Mex…

Andre’s an Italian Institution

“Have you been here before?” asked the affable Aron Celnik as I walked into Andre’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. Shyly, I replied, “No,” even when I lived near Third St. and Poinsettia years ago. Andre’s is tucked in the back of a courtyard between the newer Whole Foods market and K-Mart shopping center. “We’ve been…