Friday, November 21, 2014

Santa Barbara's Nikka Fish Grill Opens in Pasadena.

Santa Barbara's Nikka Fish Grill has opened in downtown Pasadena. They have taken over the old Kal's Bistro spot (arguably one of the nicest restaurant spaces in the city). The menu is focused on fresh fish dishes. Theres a lot of grilled fish options to choose from.  Their specialty is their fish soups like the Jambalaya, and hot pot soups like the Cajun Steamer (fish, crab, clams etc.)  With Pasadena not having many other seafood options Nikka's may become quite popular.  My suggestion? Try the Jambalaya. 

 43 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103


Cajun Steamer 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brick Smokehouse Blows Up LA's BBQ Scene

 Brick Smokehouse  is not what you think of when you think Venice. Its on a quiet street minutes from the hustle of Venice's boardwalk and Santa Monica downtown.  Its a small space thats open for dinner only in a spot that looks like a neighborhood watering hole. Its also producing some of the best BBQ in Los Angeles. 
 Chef Glen Rogers is making definitive California BBQ borrowing elements from various schools of BBQ he likes. Rogers uses a blend of woods for his meats (this is uncommon in BBQ) to smoke and you will find ingredients like blueberries and chipotle in his BBQ sauce.  I am going to say that the BBQ sauce here didn't do much for me. I like a spicy sauce with an aicd kick myself. That being said the BBQ here isn't some chain crap. If you call yourself a BBQ lover you need to try this without any kind of sauce at all and savor the effort that went into cooking the meat.  Cuts I really enjoyed were the ribs, tri tip, and brisket. Their  mac and cheese is the best I have had at a BBQ restaurant in LA. Seriously if they offer a special with cheese sauce, meat and starch jump on it. Hopefully they can expand to lunch service one day soon. 

826 Hampton Dr, Venice, California 

Meat sampler 

 Chef Glen Rogers

Side sampler 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Rancho Cucamonga Gets the IE's Second Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes has opened in Rancho Cucamonga. A shop offering an alternative to cupcakes, NBC has franchises around the state. Rancho is the second Inland Empire location for the chain. Owner Anh Le loves the IE and wants to get the more upscale bundt cake into peoples hands. With a daily menu with 9 flavors and a rotating seasonal flavor theres plenty of options. Personally I enjoy the seasonal pumpkin flavor. 

7325 Day Creek Blvd Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

Owner Anh Le

Friday, November 14, 2014

LA Weekly Sips & Sweets Sips & Sweets is Coming! Ticket Giveaway.

We are giving away a pair of passes! Comment on our wall on Facebook with your favorite Holiday tradition! One person will randomly win. 

- LA Weekly's holiday event Sips and Sweets presented by Keurig
December 7th, 2pm - 5pm
- At The Majestic Downtown + The Reserve
- Sips include: 
     - Michael Lay of Faith and Flower
     - Robin Chopra of Corazón y Miel
     - Danielle Crouch of Caña Rum Bar
     - Darwin Manahan of PUNCH
- Shopping includes: 
     - Gustus Vitae
     - Few Bits 
     - Objects with Purpose
     - Middlebar
- Sweets include: 
 - Nicole Rucker of Gjusta 
     - Hans Röckenwagner of Rockenwagner Bakery
     - Margarita Manzke of Republique
     - Zoe Nathan of Huckleberry

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Oak Grill Gets its Winter Menu.

Oak Grill may be the best spot to dine outdoors in Newport Beach. With its amazing new patio under lantern filled trees along side a giant fire pit Oak Grill makes for some pretty scenery photos. But for me its all about the food.  Chef Marc Johnson has transitioned the menu at sister restaurants Oak Grill/Aqua Lounge for the cooler months. There's more starches and proteins. The new NY steak is a fine piece of meat served with mushroom and asparagus. The thing thats sticks to my mind is dessert.  Oak Grill has an amazing pastry chef and with the new IPA pretzel cheesecake proves Oak Grill is an Orange Coast must try for desserts (you need to try the Rocky Road bar if you are a chocolate lover.) The cheesecake is a mix of berries, beer, and a light crispy pretzel crust. Its one of the best most innovative desserts I have had this year. 

 690 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660


Truffle and potato flatbread 

NY Steak 

IPA Cheesecake