Poor Polo Lounge
Hip-kid review site The Infatuation is known for taking down precious dining palaces wherever they may reign, including a scalding session at Vespertine not long ago. Now the Bud Light ad-heavy website is turning its snark on The Polo Lounge, a venerable dining institution with more than 75 years under its belt, calling the place nothing more than a ruse for “inedible food and insulting prices.”
The rant-y 0.5 (out of 10) rating leans in on the mediocre salads, burger, and Italian mains, but does little to discuss the classic decor or historical significance of the place. This is the restaurant that ultimately brought down a president with Watergate, and has played host to countless meals and meetings among the Hollywood elite. While it’s certainly not of-the-moment and may never win the requisite culinary awards, there is certainly history, context, and a lot of fun to be found out on the Polo Lounge patio.
One more time
Downtown’s Museum of Ice Cream is doing one final extension, with tickets available as of October 18 for timings through December 18. Management says this will be the last time the museum actually opens up more tickets, so anyone looking to get some plastic sprinkles in their socks had better act fast.
Ted Hopson competes
The Bellwether chef Ted Hopson is set to be a contestant on this year’s run of Iron Chef. The former Father’s Office and Lukshon lead has been crafting a successful restaurant up in the Valley for a couple of years now, and now jumps into the ring as part of the December Christmas Special for the show.
We’ve been keeping a BIG SECRET! We are thrilled to announce our favorite Chef @tedhopson will compete on Iron Chef! Iron Chef Showdown premieres November 8th on the Food Network at 8pm. Ted’s episode airs December 6th as the Christmas Special. Official press release link in bio! #ironchef #showdown #thebellwether #dreamteam #cantstopwontstop
Hollywood bar crawl time
There’s a big fun Hollywood bar crawl happening this weekend, and it’s being led by pairs of actual local bartenders. Minibar Hollywood is helping to throw the $50 event, which goes down on Sunday and includes stops at places like Ever Bar, Lost Property, Lono, Sassafras, The Hungry Cat, and more.
LA is new California cuisine
Chef Derrick De Jesus is doing a Feastly dinner pop-up next Thursday called Hubris. The idea that the native Angeleno will bring fine dining technique to local produce and heavily localized flavors. The multi-course meal runs $55.
Westbound gets down
There’s a big boozy (boos’y?) Halloween party going down at Westbound all month long says LA Magazine, as the throwback Arts District bar transforms into its evil twin Ghostbound. What that really means is fall drink specials, a charming back patio update, and a whole lot of perfectly kitschy Halloween decor.
Palm Springs living
There’s a new restaurant and associated rooftop lounge situation out in Palm Springs, as the La Serena Villas property adds downstairs eatery Azucar to the mix. Up on the roof is Sugar High, a shared plates and cocktails kind of lounge, just off the pool — and just in time for winter weather.