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The Conejo Valley’s Chillest Hangout Is This Massive 15,000-Square-Foot Newcomer

Plus, an update on Elon Musk’s Tesla restaurant, a robot-operated Pasadena restaurant, and more

A dish with tortillas, pork, and lettuce on top of a banana leaf at Crawford’s Social in Westlake Village, California.
Pork shank tacos with pineapple-jalapeño pico, tomato jam salsa, and corn tortillas at Crawford’s Social.
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Conejo Valley residents are in for a treat when Crawford’s Social opens in Westlake Village for dinner only on December 14, and full service on the 19th. It’s a massive 15,000-square-foot space with an indoor and outdoor patio that includes firepit seating and water features. Customers are welcome to hang out with wines, beers, and expertly made cocktails by veteran barman Ruairi Gilles.

In addition to a slate of drinks, Crawford’s Social is serving a full food menu showcasing shareable dishes like shrimp with spicy honey aioli and candied walnuts, filet mignon sliders, and smoked scallops with parsnip puree and caviar. Crawford’s Social is putting the finishing touches on the restaurant amid the holiday season; follow on Instagram for the opening date.

The interior for Crawford’s Social in Conjeo Valley, California.
Crawford’s Social.
Crawford’s Social

Robot restaurant in Pasadena

An entirely AI-run restaurant called CaliExpress by Flippy will open in Pasadena later this month near the Pasadena Playhouse. Pasadena Now reports that diners will use a self-ordering kiosk while robotic chefs prepare their meals. Reservations are available here.

More cannabis in West Hollywood

West Hollywood is getting its sixth cannabis lounge called Private Reserve in February 2024. Billed as “the most intimate cannabis lounge to date,” Private Reserve will be similar to Woody Harrelson’s the Woods where the emphasis is on smoking cannabis rather than a full food and beverage experience like at Pleasure Med. The new spot will include a U-shaped bar and booth, plus a “budtender” to help patrons navigate the menu of offerings.

A rendering of West Hollywood’s future Private Reserve cannabis lounge.
A rendering of Private Reserve cannabis lounge in West Hollywood.
Private Reserve

The Tesla restaurant is happening

Elon Musk has been touting a Tesla-branded restaurant and charging station in Los Angeles since 2018 and there’s some activity happening around the Hollywood project, according to SF Gate. It seems as though construction has commenced behind the fence surrounding the property on Santa Monica Boulevard near La Brea.

Tamale pop-up

Chef Andy Zambrano is taking pre-orders for his tamale pop-up. Send him a direct message on Instagram for pick-ups in Alhambra or Pasadena’s Mandarin Coffee Stand.

Crawford’s Social

974 South Westlake Boulevard, Westlake Village, CA 91361 Visit Website