Star taco stand El Ruso earned a best new restaurant win today from Food & Wine, with writer Khushbu Shah saying the pliant flour tortillas made by hand there will “ruin any other version for you.” In the same list, dropped this morning, the Food & Wine team also bestowed honors on Bon Temps, the sadly-closed Arts District restaurant from Lincoln Carson. Meanwhile, Pasjoli in Santa Monica earned a spot on Robb Report’s own best new restaurant list for 2020; Dave Beran’s fine French experience came in seventh.
And in other news:
— Broken Spanish is reopening in Downtown, as is Redbird. The latter will utilize its prodigious patio space for lots of distanced dining. Meanwhile, up in East Hollywood, Lolo Wine Bar is also reopening its patio dining space in short order.
— The Bad Jew pop-up is going down at the Nosh on Saturday, with a menu that leans heavily into things like pork pastrami, reubuens, and the like.
— Sogo Roll Bar in Los Feliz is now doing takeaway hand roll kits, for those who need their fix at home.
— Barcito is fully transitioning into a marketplace and restaurant for the time being, meaning sub-$20 bottles of wine for all, plus sandwiches, empanadas, and, yes, flour.
— Dialogue is changing to a new $85 seven-course tasting menu format, as chef Dave Beran tries to determine how best to reopen the Santa Monica restaurant.
— One local waiter from Venice’s the Tasting Kitchen tells CNBC that his CARES Act $600 unemployment stimulus is “life-saving,” and that losing it at the end of July could be devastating.
— Check out this distanced wine-drinking setup at Bodega Wine Bar in Pasadena, complete with big plastic walls sectioning off the bar area.