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Hollywood Reporter Takes Aim at ‘Imprecise, Disinterested’ Westwood Restaurant Audrey

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Plus food and comedy under one roof, and new coffee in Santa Monica

Audrey Hammer Museum Westwood
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Not in love

The Hollywood Reporter takes a tough look at the new Audrey in Westwood. The Hammer Museum restaurant “strives to be a destination... but mainly the impression is one of imprecision.” What’s more, the “waitstaff is often disinterested,” making for a tough night out.

Add coffee

Esters Wine Shop & Bar has expanded its offerings to daytime coffee, thanks to a well-placed espresso machine in one corner. Now customers can come in, get caffeinated, get some work done, and keep buzzing until its time for some lunch wine.

Kabob nights

Monday night is kabob pop-up night at Shibumi, as the Logmeh crew does handmade meat skewers and sides within the Downtown Japanese restaurant starting at 8 p.m. on May 6.

Keep it secret

NBC Los Angeles has the line on more than two dozen “secret” menu items to know about around the city, from the frequently off-menu puffy tacos at Bar Ama to the timeless Jazz Burger at Jitlada.

Stark time

Toddrickallen has revealed an opening date for long-awaited Marina del Rey redo Stark’s, which takes over for the former Jerry’s Deli at 13181 Mindanao Way. The only slightly more upscale casual option does straightforward American standards for lunch and dinner, and should open on May 21.

Macaron madness

Even more pastries are coming to Culver City soon. This time it’s Woops, the national chain that mostly trades in macarons and unique international specialities, opening inside the Westfield Culver City.

Worlds collide

Check out this upcoming show called Amuse Bouche, that combines wine, food, and comedy all under one roof. The evening not only involves well-known comics but also food from Otoño, Hail Mary, and wine from Melody on Virgil. The May 7 party goes down at Melody starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35.

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