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LA Chefs Tell the New York Times What The Closing of Baroo Means for the City

Plus more on Vespertine, and a night out with L.A. Taco

Kwang Uh Portrait Baroo
Wonho Frank Lee

Goodbye to Baroo

The last days of Baroo have come and gone. The Hollywood strip mall project always felt ephemeral in a way, but chef/owner Kwang Uh tells The New York Times that there will be something else for him, a new project either here in Los Angeles or possibly in Korea. For now, give the NYT piece a read to hear from other chefs about the influence that Baroo had on the city, and how much everyone is going to miss the quirky, delicious place.

New looks

Silver Lake is in line for yet another boutique hotel... eventually. As Curbed LA notes, the incoming Silver Lake Pool and Inn will land along Sunset Boulevard with 54 rooms, an elevated pool deck, and a restaurant that’s being described as having a “coastal Italian” menu.

The favorites

L.A. Taco’s ongoing My Favorite Taco series is expanding into the video realm more and more, with this go-round focusing on Quesadilla Gonzalez out of City Terrace. And the person leading the charge to the nighttime stand? None other than LA Times culture reporter Carolina A. Miranda.

Beef involvement

Alexander’s Steakhouse in Pasadena is doing a big red meat dinner on November 8 with Flannery beef. The five-course Holstein dinner includes several different cuts for $145, with additional wine pairings starting at $50 per person.

Vespertine wanderings

Robb Report set off with Jordan Kahn to talk foraging, the initial backlash to his restaurant Vespertine, and his hopes for the future of dining not only in Los Angeles, but in the world. It’s an interesting inside look at one of the city’s most outwardly enigmatic chefs.

Drinks on Salazar

Salazar’s next mezcal tasting series goes down on November 7. That’s when drinkers will next get to taste through a flight of various mezcals (this time it’s Mezcal Amaras) for $40, learning along the way. And yes, there will be food.

Lunch vibes

Palisades Village restaurant the Draycott is now open for lunch. The spacious corner beauty is doing everything from diver scallops and nicoise salad to a $17 burger and $24 fish and chips. The lunch menu is below, with brunch, afternoon tea, and a traditional Sunday roast to come soon.

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