Babita's:  Go down San Gabriel Boulevard, past the repeating strip malls of this part of the SGV, and you'll find, on a badly lit and oddly desolate corner, a tiny restaurant where one should not be. Open the doors to the place and you'll transition from utter doubt to instant pleasure. Here you will sit at a quiet table in a small room with few of them, in an unexpectedly formal atmosphere -- candlelight, tablecloths -- and find yourself being poured wine and served chef-owner Roberto…

Babita's: Go down San Gabriel Boulevard, past the repeating strip malls of this part of the SGV, and you'll find, on a badly lit and oddly desolate corner, a tiny restaurant where one should not be. Open the doors to the place and you'll transition from utter doubt to instant pleasure. Here you will sit at a quiet table in a small room with few of them, in an unexpectedly formal atmosphere -- candlelight, tablecloths -- and find yourself being poured wine and served chef-owner Roberto…

Le Comptoir:  There's a sort of Alice In Wonderland feel to a dinner at Le Comptoir, chef Gary Menes' extended pop-up restaurant that re-purposes Tiara Cafe come nightfall. You're downtown at night in the empty streets of the fashion district, in a restaurant that is no longer the same restaurant, amid the kitsch-y art installation wonderland that is Fred Eric's domain. You and your date take a seat at the large counter -- Menes' concept is a 12-seat open kitchen experiment -- not at the set…

Le Comptoir: There's a sort of Alice In Wonderland feel to a dinner at Le Comptoir, chef Gary Menes' extended pop-up restaurant that re-purposes Tiara Cafe come nightfall. You're downtown at night in the empty streets of the fashion district, in a restaurant that is no longer the same restaurant, amid the kitsch-y art installation wonderland that is Fred Eric's domain. You and your date take a seat at the large counter -- Menes' concept is a 12-seat open kitchen experiment -- not at the set…

Jar - excellent restaruant! Food is delish and its decor is old sckool

Jar - excellent restaruant! Food is delish and its decor is old sckool

Palate Food + Wine:  Part of the enormous appeal of Octavio Beccera's restaurant is how incommensurate it is. You're in Glendale for starters, which is about as romantic as Peoria. You're in Car Dealership Land (honey, let's test-drive a Hyundai!), just south of the suburban dystopia of Americana at Brand. But enter Palate and you forget all that as soon as you're through the doors. The place is gorgeous but unintimidating, the white tablecloths more pragmatic than Michelin-oriented, the…

Palate Food + Wine: Part of the enormous appeal of Octavio Beccera's restaurant is how incommensurate it is. You're in Glendale for starters, which is about as romantic as Peoria. You're in Car Dealership Land (honey, let's test-drive a Hyundai!), just south of the suburban dystopia of Americana at Brand. But enter Palate and you forget all that as soon as you're through the doors. The place is gorgeous but unintimidating, the white tablecloths more pragmatic than Michelin-oriented, the…

Authentic and Fresh Vietnamese on LA BREA nonglacafe.com

Authentic and Fresh Vietnamese on LA BREA nonglacafe.com

Lucques | West Hollywood [try their orange blossom panna cotta & pink lady for dessert]

Lucques | West Hollywood [try their orange blossom panna cotta & pink lady for dessert]

#Chef Shuffle at #LA #Restaurants  Rustic Canyon, Milo & Olive - June 7, 2012

Chef Shuffle

#Chef Shuffle at #LA #Restaurants Rustic Canyon, Milo & Olive - June 7, 2012

Hinoki & the Bird :: Zagat's List of LA Most Stylish Restaurant  10 Century Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Hinoki & the Bird :: Zagat's List of LA Most Stylish Restaurant 10 Century Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90067

DISCOVER LOS ANGELES:  Lubov Azria's Picks for dineLA's Restaurant Week - Chef and co-founder Fred Eric offers his contemporary version of a classic diner menu, which also includes “Freshwiches” (Asian-inspired spring roll wraps); healthy options with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free items; daily “Fred Plate” specials; “Fred’s TV Dinners”; and a “Night Owl” menu served from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

DISCOVER LOS ANGELES: Lubov Azria's Picks for dineLA's Restaurant Week - Chef and co-founder Fred Eric offers his contemporary version of a classic diner menu, which also includes “Freshwiches” (Asian-inspired spring roll wraps); healthy options with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free items; daily “Fred Plate” specials; “Fred’s TV Dinners”; and a “Night Owl” menu served from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

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