As delivery and takeout settles in as the “new normal” for restaurant dining around greater Los Angeles, some prominent spots — including fine-dining mega-star Providence — are opening up once again.
Chef Michael Cimarusti announced the reopening of Providence via Instagram, saying the Melrose Michelin-starred mecca would be doing more comforting family-style dishes from around the world. Hours are Thursday through Saturday only to start.
Not far away, fellow Michelin-starred restaurant Kali has also reopened for family-style meals this month. Chef Kevin Meehan and partner Drew Langley (formerly the wine director for Providence) are turning out some of the restaurant’s signature dishes like black barley risotto and Flannery steak.
Though Kismet Rotisserie has been up and running throughout the current pandemic, more refined sit-down restaurant Kismet next door has been closed. Now it’s back for dinner only, offering staples like those lemony chicken and pine nut hand pies, flaky bread, and tahdig Persian rice.
Fat & Flour
Nicole Rucker’s Grand Central Market bakery operation is once again taking pickup orders (they also sell through Dinosaur Coffee in Silver Lake), so check in weekly for a rotating menu that hinges on pies, including Rucker’s classic key lime.
Downtown finer dining restaurant M. Georgina from chef/owner Melissa Perello is open for takeaway family-style meals. Tickets run $49 per person and include rotating dishes like lacquered duck leg and house-baked pain au levain.
Silver Lake seafood bar Ceviche Project is back in action. The tiny space from chef Octavio Olivas has reopend for namesake ceviches as well as oysters on the half shell, caviar, and beer and wine. The restaurant tested a launch over the weekend, and quickly sold out of most items.
Also in Silver Lake is Alimento, the Italian neighborhood restaurant, which returns with a near-full menu including chicken liver crostone, pastas, and the famed chicken milanese sandwich, plus wine and pantry items (including toilet paper). Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Over on Sunset, Silver Lake’s Eszett is also reopening after transitioning these past few weeks to delivery wine and housemade hot sauce only. The plan is to return this weekend, selling sandwiches and at-home meals and pantry items. Hours will ultimately run Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
Due east in Highland Park, Cafe Birdie is open once again for takeout and delivery from noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Expect the usual slew of salads, pastas, sandwiches (including the restaurant’s popular bar burger), and more to come like a reduced-price kid’s menu.
Nearly across the street, Highland Park hangout the Greyhound is also open once again, selling wings a variety of ways, loaded fries, burgers, bar pies, and sides — plus beer and wine. Hours run from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
La Copine, Joshua Tree area
While far from the heart of LA, it’s worth also noting the reopening of La Copine in Flamingo Heights, north of Palm Springs and Yucca Valley. The high desert restaurant has been lauded nationally for a few years now, earning positive praise in Bon Appetit, the New York Times, and beyond. Owners Nikki Hill and Claire Wadsworth doing takeout and delivery from their small space, offering dishes that range from salads and a shrimp roll to soups and Sichuan noodles.