This week SIV takes a stab at relative newcomer, House Cafe. She seems quite content with the consistent American fare and doles out two stars to restauranteur Bruce Marder. "The menu covers a good deal of ground, cuisines and price range. It's open from early in the morning until fairly late at night and for the most part serves food made with skill and care. I'd call the menu, for all its forays into other cuisines, American — the new American, one that reflects the diverse cultures that make up Los Angeles...Marder doesn't do cheap, so don't expect bargain prices. Still, they're moderate enough considering the quality of the ingredients...there's not much to criticize and there is much to enjoy...the menu has something for everyone...You can eat a plate of sausages and polenta for $15 or splurge on a cote de boeuf for two for $65, depending on your mood or your pocketbook." [LAT]
The Elsewhere: The Find tries Pasadena's new Slaw Dogs, My Last Bite heads over to Lazy Ox Canteen, Eat:LA drops by The Smoke House, Gastronomy drives to San Diego for Hodad's, Potatomato lunches at Gjelina, and Refined Palate chooses Takao.