Open air lounging for corporate types
El Segundo isn’t likely to attract much in the way of tourists or even those looking for a staycation, but corporate types and business travelers will likely enjoy the fancy new AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay (yes, that’s the official name of the hotel). Still, chef Dustin Taylor, previously at The Anchor in Venice, takes on the reigns at Flora, which opened two weeks ago, by using the rooftop garden as menu inspiration. Think bread with herb butter, spot prawn and cod cheek with asparagus, miso butter fondue, and black rice, or beets with greens and goat cheese (hey, the 90s are back). Flora has an interior bar shaking garden-inspired drinks while the outdoor area offers sweet views of...El Segundo and LAX. The sunset is pretty nice though. 2130 East Maple Avenue, El Segundo, CA.
Fancy champagne dinner in WeHo
Tesse is hosting a special 10-seat dinner featuring Champagne Tribaut on October 23 at 7:30 with six different sparkling wines from the 90-year-old producer. Price is $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and includes paired dishes by chef Raphael Francois and pastry chef Sally Camacho Mueller like local sea bass with bordelaise, Jidori half chicken with chanterelle, and a duck egg creme brulee for dessert. Email the restaurant for reservations.
The happiest hours in Palms
Jaffa, which opened a few months ago on a key Palms corner, has a new daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. with $4 Mediterranean nachos, $5 lamb sliders, and $6 harissa-spiced chicken wings. Drinks are cheap too, with $4 mystery shots (what are we still in college?), $6 house wine glasses, and $6 cocktail like a grapefruit collins or cardamom margarita. Post-work party, anyone?
Up for grabs in DTLA
Downtown LA is always the land of opportunity for aspiring restaurateurs. It turns out Coronados Mexican Restaurant & Bar is on the market with a sweet key money price of $250,000, though the lease is only $6,500 base rent (plus triple net). But it comes with a full liquor license and even a permit to serve food 24/7. With a solid location right inside Historic Core, it’s a chance to start something new in bustling DTLA.
Burrata in the house
Grand Central Market’s newest stall, which stakes over the former security booth, is called Burrata House. Opened this week on the Hill Street side, the stall offers burrata-filled panini and bowls with imported Italian cheese and also locally produced Di Stefano. The ivy-covered stall also boasts a super cute delivery truck on site too. Grand Central Market, 324 S. Hill Street.