Lots more on the Clifton's bar situation
LA Mag files a big piece on the state of the (eventually to come) five bars throughout the Clifton's mega-complex, including where they overlap and what they each do differently. Some highlights: There's a dedicated lead bartender for each — Chris Amirault runs the second-floor Monarch Bar, for example, and most all will share a classic cocktail menu.
The downstairs reservation-only high-end cocktail bar will not carry the classic menu, however, though the upstairs Tiki bar — run by former Smuggler's Cove lead Justin Oliver — definitely will. Give the whole thing a read, as there's lots to dig into.
Here's your first look at the chef cover band Foie Grock
Remember when the world found out that Bruce Kalman, Duff Goldman and a bunch of other chefs were in a cover band called Foie Grock? Well, now there’s a concert-style video from one of their first public gigs at Amalfi on La Brea, and its pretty great. Kalman is the lead, belting out She Talks to Angels by the Black Crowes, but watch through to see everybody really getting into it.
New signage is up for the Burgerlords
They've got new hours, too. Check out that old school backlit burger photo sign, reminiscent of the most classic hanging menuboard signs of the 70's, 80's, and 90's. Plus they've got new hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, closed Sundays.
#breakfastclub comes to Madcapra
Here’s a fun series: chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson from Madcapra are welcoming in the Trends on Trends crew for their ongoing #breakfastclub series, which means family-style meals and coffee starting at 9 a.m. Meant to be a mix of creative types that spawns new avenues of interaction, the Madcapra party is happening on November 6 at Grand Central Market.
What's up with this Cook movie trailer that Phillip Frankland Lee is making?
Apparently Lee, of Scratch Bar and Gadarene Swine fame, has been quietly working on a dramatized version of his own life story since 2012. There's a teaser trailer up, a bit of behind-the-scenes chattering with other chefs like Mark Gold, but not much else since 2013, making the whole thing sorta ... weird ... overall, especially given the recent proliferation of kitchen-led movies like Burnt and Chef.
Otium starts doing dedicated dinners
Here's a special one: Timothy Hollingsworth's upcoming Otium, situated next to the Broad Museum, is still in its finishing stages, but this coming Wednesday the team there will be pulling together a one-night-only dinner with chef Mike Anthony from New York's Gramercy Tavern. The $125 affair comes with a copy of Anthony's new V is for Vegetables cookbook, and runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., offering what may well be anyone's first real look inside the highly anticipated restaurant.
Your $9 ramen burrito fix
Into the weird stuff? Well you’re in luck with Komodo, the fusion-y taco franchise with locations on Pico and in Venice. For a limited run — today through Sunday, November 15 — they’ll be selling $9 ramen burritos, based apparently on a steak and eggs Indonesian ramen called mie goreng. Good luck.