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…

Public School 612

Who is ready to go to summer school? I always enjoy learning. At Public School 612, guests can learn the art of libations and dine on gastropub fare prepared by Executive Chef Dante Ascenzi. The menu looks like a school composition book; the napkin ring is a paper ruler. This delightful gastropub, attached to The…

The Fat Dog in Hollywood

On Fairfax Avenue, a black awning displays The Fat Dog in white letters. Its a newer gastropub nicknamed after a chubby and beloved bulldog. The owners, Richard and Suzann Mandeville, hired London artist, Tobias Keene, to paint their adorable dog with his smushed snout and loveable underbite, and his work hangs inside the establishment. The…