Amara Kitchen expands
Highland Park’s Amara Kitchen isn’t on now-bustling Figueroa, but that hasn’t stopped folks from discovering it on their own. The small all-organic cafe recently underwent an expansion thanks to all the customer traffic, pushing from their 17 indoor seats up to 40. They’ve got a new mural outside, run daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. now (closed Tuesdays), and are BYOB. What’s more, the Amara team is going to be letting Barn Nine from Culver City on site to do some coffee pop-ups beginning in June.
A David Bowie-inspired dinner in Costa Mesa
Can’t get enough Ziggy Stardust? You can now quite literally feed your need for more Bowie in your life at Mesa Lounge in Costa Mesa, as the Orange County restaurant plans to tackle a six course Bowie tribute dinner on May 25. The party runs $100 all-in, with chef Niki Starr doing inventive riffs on the music and the life of the lost legend.
Cut celebrates ten years
Largely considered to be Los Angeles’s best steakhouse, Cut in Beverly Hills has been at the forefront of grilling meat here for a decade now. To ring in the occasion, Wolfgang Puck will join luminaries like Evan Funke, Daniel Patterson, and David LeFevre in a big party on Friday, June 3. The five-course dinner will run $145 a pop, with some of that money going to a couple of hunger-fighting local organizations.
Work to be done at Sonoratown
Downtown's next big taco shop is tantalizingly close to opening, as this hand-painted sign can attest. There's still lots to be done, of course, but soon enough Los Angeles will have access to some incredible-looking Sonoran-style carne asada tacos from a small shop on 8th Street.
Burgers & Beer arrives in July
LA Weekly has a knack for throwing great parties, including the terrific Tacolandia. Their sister event, Burgers & Beer, is also a great time, and now tickets for the 2016 iteration are on sale. The event hits July 30 from p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum, with tickets running $70 for general admission and $90 for VIP. Expect dozens of burger maker and craft beer options on hand — and you can get your tickets now.
Wolvesmouth is art on a plate
The new Wolvesmouth x MOCA situation happening Downtown right now is turning out some very inventive food. LA Times takes a closer look at Craig Thornton's food, calling it as much a work of art as it is an edible experience.
Garden happy hour at Eveleigh
As of yesterday, there’s a weekday happy hour option at Eveleigh in West Hollywood. The beautiful indoor-outdoor restaurant will be doing $8 cocktails, $10 carafes of on-tap wine, and a junior version of the restaurant’s popular burger for just $12. Hours are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays only, available on the front patio (aka, the garden).
Watching the work at Republique
Here's a fun video from inside the pasta table at Republique, where an employee taped her phone to the ceiling in order to capture some fresh ravioli in the making. Enjoy.