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A Stylish New Vegan Dinner Spot Lands in the Heart of Uptown Whittier

Plus Dialogue’s good day, and Cecconi’s big deals

Modern Shaman in Whittier

Getting Modern

Uptown Whittier has another new restaurant name: Modern Shaman Kitchen. The plant-based spot is just a couple of weeks old, but is already pulling in locals with comfort classics like jackfruit nachos, oyster mushroom po’ boys, and an Impossible burger. Owners Kimberly Harlan and Michael Kachoeff also own restaurant 6740 next door, and so far are doing dinner only (5 p.m. to 9 p.m. or later) daily.

Big stars

The Forbes Travel Guide has a new list of 2019 star award winners to know about, and Santa Monica’s own Dialogue has come up with a full five stars. The restaurant is the only LA-area newcomer to land on the list at all, and is one of only a handful in the country with five stars.

Ruth is here

Ruth Reichl spent some time at Downtown LA’s Manufactory, and boy did she love that patty melt apparently.

And more

Speaking of Manufactory, Skift Table says the new LA location is by far Tartine’s “most ambitious project yet.” As for the size, co-owner Chad Robertson says, “It’s big, but it won’t be long before we’re fully utilizing that space” thanks to ancillary Tartine projects and wholesale coming up.

Boba wars

LAist is all over the banned straw scene as it relates to the many boba shops around Los Angeles. Not to worry: From biodegradable corn to custom glass straws, these restaurants are already on it.

New wine times

LA Wine Fest is no longer going to be held in Downtown LA, reports the Long Beach Post. Instead the 14th annual event is moving to Long Beach of all places, running June 1 and 2 at the Pike Outlets.

Big deals

Cecconi’s in West Hollywood is turning ten years young, and to celebrate the restaurant is doing a three-course menu with items available for $10 apiece. That includes their whipped ricotta and truffle crostini, pictured below, as well as the garganelli bolognese. The deal can be done a la carte or as a three-course meal with a tiramusi dessert, and runs Tuesday through Friday for lunch, February 26 to March 8.

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