Calling it out
There have been many great new openings around Los Angeles this year, from Bavel to David Chang’s Majordomo to the surprise hit Mister O’s in Studio City. But Forbes believes there is one spectacular new place that has been almost completely overlooked during awards season: Makani in Venice. The former Pono Burger space on Rose is now a hotbed of modern Korean cooking (and in one of the city’s most popular dining neighborhoods, no less) but has so far failed to top the charts as a nationally-known, must-dine sort of place. Hopefully the new Forbes push brings some fresh eyeballs to the “best new Los Angeles restaurant you’ve never heard of.”
Swinging through the years
Classic LA spot Swingers is celebrating 25 years next week, offering diners 25% off their entire meal on Tuesday, December 18, any time between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. at the restaurant on Beverly Boulevard.
APL and Uncle Paulie’s Deli are doing a collaborative sandwich for charity this weekend. The plan is to serve the one-off meal as part of a larger charity toy drive, just in time for the holidays.
On the run
Police are looking for three female suspects accused of stabbing a man outside of a Koreatown restaurant following an attempted robbery. According to KTLA, the trio maced a woman inside Tasty Grill on Western and stole her purse. When a man the victim was with gave chase, he was slashed repeatedly with a knife. Luckily, he’s expected to be okay.
Nyesha Arrington is hosting a ramen night at her Santa Monica restaurant Native on Sunday evening. The $15 spicy miso bowls will be available for the one night only, starting at 5 p.m.
Pizza and a shot
Hatchet Hall’s attached Old Man Bar is hosting the next iteration of Pain Pizza, the French bread pizza pop-up most recently seen at Highly Likely. This one’s a two-night affair, running Sunday and Monday from 9 p.m. until last bites.