— Be sure to steer clear of these eight restaurants. [SGV Trib]
— Santa Monica restaurant Tar & Roses, which suffered a fire on June 10, is still closed. No one was hurt, but the gentle folks of SaMo are hankering for their charcuterie plates. Meanwhile, SMYC is still full steam ahead.
— Beverly Hills restaurant Scratch Bar, which touts innovative tasting menus, turns two years old today. One might note that it was rated as the 97th best restaurant in the little known Opinionated About Dining survey. [Facebook]
— The House of Blues on the Sunset Strip is closing on August 7 to make way for a swanky hotel and condo, plus a yet-to-be-named nightclub. The legendary music venue (and event space) had lasted over twenty years, hosting everyone from Eric Clapton and Prince to legendary gospel brunches.
— The restaurant at tony Malibu Beach Inn is getting a facelift. Those ocean views are righteous. [Toddrickallen]
— Champagne fiends should set their calendar for this Sunday at Scopa in Venice, when wine director Taylor Grant is busting out flights of champagne for $39. The flight comes with some legit bubbly, including 2006 1er Cru J. Lassalle, and comes with a pork board of bacon, prosciutto, and speck. Pork and bubbly, people.
— Do you want a Barrel Down burger? We want a Barrel Down burger. [Zagat]
— Odys + Penelope is the latest spot to offer porchetta, which runs a mere $22. It's time to start compiling a porchetta map. [FoodGPS]