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Inexpensive Omakase Restaurants Are Officially a Thing in Koreatown

Plus a new gin bar for Santa Monica, and more

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Sushi from Ginza Onodera in West Hollywood
Sushi from the pricey Sushi Ginza Onodera
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Ashland Hill has a gin focus now

There’s a new gin bar in Santa Monica for you to enjoy, and it’s officially called Brick Bar by the Ashland Hill team. With a focus on all sorts of gins (mostly being put to good use inside gin & tonics), the new Brick Bar acts as the inside drink station of the mostly patio-focused restaurant, and carries with it a separate cocktail menu. Also, with the arrival of Brick Bar, you can now do sit-down service for brunch and dinner at Ashland Hill, instead of the usual counter service model from before. The full new cocktail menu is below.

Street food legalization efforts ramp up

There’s more reason than ever to be optimistic about a possible legal outlet for the thousands of street vendors who operate daily in Los Angeles. According to Curbed, the LA City Council has voted unanimously to task the city attorney with drafting a possible ordinance surrounding legalization for street food vendors of all stripes, food or otherwise. Once complete, that ordinance would then go in front of the full council next year.

Marc Johnson in at Red O corporate

Chef Marc Johnson is in as the new corporate chef for Red O, and he’s already launching a new winter menu at the Santa Monica location. With outlets elsewhere on Melrose and in Newport Beach, Johnson is sure to have his hands full.

The return of the roast chicken

Mondays are back at Cliff’s Edge, as new chef Michael Bryant returns the place to form with the relaunch of their famed roast chicken nights there. Held every Monday moving forward again, the meal includes a whole chicken roasted in adobo, with onions and fingerling potatoes to boot, for $44.

Chianina’s new chef

Looks like a new face for the kitchen of Chianina in Long Beach, as Bryant Taylor steps in to the lead role there. The upscale steakhouse brings Taylor on from their sister property Michael’s On Naples down the street, where Taylor was a sous chef, and he’s already reformatting the menu to include everything from luxe ingredients like foie gras to a $20 chianina beef bolognese.

The next Falafel Arax

The Studio City outlet of Falafel Arax has officially been confirmed, as the popular Middle Eastern restaurant lands at 11701 Moorpark Street. Timing is still a ways off, but soon there will be even more awesome fast casual falafel for the Valley, this time from one of the city’s best.

Salt’s Cure hits the one year mark already

It’s been a full year since Salt’s Cure took to their new location on Highland, and things have been going great. The place is consistently busy, that pork chop is still divine, and to celebrate it all the restaurant is hosting a party on Monday, December 19 that promises to be full of holiday cocktails, rum, and jazz. The party kicks off at 8 p.m.

Koreatown’s new sushi star

Inexpensive sushi keeps coming to Koreatown in waves, with the latest one called Umami Sushi Bar on 6th Street. Not far away is another inexpensive local sushi option called Sushi One, which also continues to turn out quality product for a fraction of the price.

Landing a prime location at 3300 W. 6th Street, Umami Sushi Bar does everything from rolls to full entrees, as well as a seriously inexpensive $35 omakase experience you’ve got to check out. The full menu is below.

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