Well-known Monterey Park restaurant Mama Lu’s Dumpling House was briefly shut down this month, after a health inspector discovered a worker bringing in resealable freezer bags filled with soup dumplings. Per the Pasadena Star-News, an entire shopping cart full of unmarked xiao long bao were discarded when it was determined that they came to the restaurant from an “unapproved source,” and were meant for consumption by the paying public. There were other issues with food temperatures and vermin as well, leading to a shutdown on August 7 and a reopening on August 9.
It looks like West Hollywood is moving forward with plans for Gwyneth Paltrow’s Arts Club, a British members-only club development on the Sunset Strip that will also make room for restaurants, an art gallery, retail space, and much more.
Hippo in Highland Park is turning up the heat, offering a new happy hour deal Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The bar bites and drinks come in a variety of ways, and all at or below $10 a pop.
. HIPPO HOUR TONIGHT COME TO THE WATERING HOLE !! . tues - fri 5-6pm nothing over ten american dollars all beverages under ten american dollars served at the bar and on the drink rail . italian chicken meatball burger combo black olive tapenade aioli / dill pickles / egg brioche bun / served with hippo frites . 50/50’s half spirit / half amaro / sip em or shoot em . build your own negroni choose the spirit / we add bitters + vermouth . see-thrus drinks so heavy on clear spirits you can see right through them . wine wine wine . #hippohour #highlandpark
LA Magazine has a nice story out on Fisherman’s Outlet, the longstanding Downtown seafood marketplace that is still frying up shrimp and fish are close to 60 years in the game.
All in a row
Food & Wine tackles LA’s best “restaurant rows,” those serious dining stretches that offer some of the city’s best restaurants within a short block or so. There’s Fairfax, Highland Park, Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, just to name a few.
The Downtown location of Big Wangs has apparently shifted focus and decor, and is now called Wangs Tavern. In truth the menu is much the same, but the rebrand effort is underway regardless.
Upscale Santa Monica restaurant Melisse is extending its anniversary dinner deal until sometime in October. The meal is a relative bargain at $99 a head for multiple courses from the Michelin-starred restaurant; an opening menu is below.