Friday, September 4, 2015

Planet Dailies: Farm-to-Table Fare and Cocktails Fit for Celebrities

August 4, 2015 by  
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Snooki, Mario Lopez, and Rod Stewart all have something in common (other than their hefty paychecks): they've all eaten at Planet Dailies.

After all, the Los Angeles eatery sits just a stone's throw from Hollywood, and it stays on the cutting edge of culinary trends by sourcing all of its fresh ingredients from California farms. And yet, the menu pulls together a spate of international influences. Spicy Thai chicken pizza, ceviche pico del mar, and Mongolian beef all make an appearance on the menu, in addition to American cuisine—and some specifically Californian eats, like barbecue ribs and Cali burgers topped with avocado, California cheddar, and California micro greens.

But many of Planet Dailies clientele, celebrity and otherwise, head to its on-site sister bar Mixology 101. There, you can imbibe the creative cocktails of master mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. The huge cocktail list encompasses everything from martinis and margaritas to sangria.

Planet Dailies
6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 370-6560
www.planetdailies.com/LosAngeles.aspx
www.yelp.com/biz/planet-dailies-los-angeles

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The Palm: A Delicious Legacy of Happy Accidents

July 27, 2015 by  
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The Palm has built a legacy on a series of happy accidents. It began in 1926, when Italy-born Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi set out to register their flagship eatery in New York City. Their thick accents resulted in a city clerk handing them a license for "The Palm," instead of Parma—the pair's hometown. Other happy accidents followed—including artists "singing for their supper" by painting the caricatures that now decorate every Palm. And, if it weren't for the eatery's ability to adapt, you wouldn't be able to order a steak there today. Steaks weren't a fixture on the original menu, but after John Ganzi made many runs to grab one from a local butcher shop to accommodate special orders, he and Pio Bozzi eventually added them.

Today, you can enjoy the NYC fixture in L.A. Over the past 80-plus years, The Palm has flourished into a nationwide chain with locations everywhere from Boston to Mexico City. Order one of its now-classic steaks, from filet mignon to steak burgers, or its house specialty lobster. You can pair it with a signature cocktail or glass of wine. No matter what you order, The Palm's welcoming steakhouse atmosphere will evoke the family eatery that launched a nationwide chain nearly a century ago.

The Palm
1100 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
www.thepalm.com/Los-Angeles-Downtown
www.yelp.com/biz/palm-restaurant-los-angeles

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Lulu’s Cafe: A Lively LA Spot for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

July 21, 2015 by  
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Lulu's Cafe is a bright, lively spot with great service and even better people-watching. The menu is chock full of sandwiches, wraps, salads, melts, and gourmet hamburgers, but regulars enjoy coming to Lulu's for breakfast most of all.

You can personalize your breakfast by with the create-your-own omelet or scramble. Choose your ingredients from a list of several dozen options, including feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and fresh turkey breast. Regulars also recommend the french toast with strawberries and whipped cream, and the huevos rancheros.

For lunch or dinner, you can't go wrong with the turkey and avocado wrap with a side order of sweet potato fries, described as light and crispy. The ahi tuna burger and the grilled falafel are also highly recommended.

Lulu's has lots of outdoor seating, making it a great spot to enjoy a meal with friends while enjoying the sunshine.

Lulu's Cafe
7149 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-6095
www.luluslosangeles.com
www.yelp.com/biz/lulus-cafe-los-angeles

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Swingers: A Quirky, Fun Los Angeles Diner

July 8, 2015 by  
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Swingers has been offering classic diner food with a twist for more than 20 years. With a retro jukebox, Andy Warhol prints on the walls, and doors that stay open until 4 a.m., regulars say there's a lot to love about this place.

Frequent guests recommend the breakfast burrito, which comes with three scrambled eggs, jack and cheddar cheese, and black beans, topped with guacamole and fresh salsa, wrapped in a flour tortilla. Make it even better by ordering turkey bacon and asking that it be chopped and added inside. The brioche french toast is another hit.

Swingers has a decent selection of meatless items, making it a favorite among vegans and vegetarians. The kitchen can also make just about anything with vegetarian or vegan substitution ingredients at no extra cost. Try the veggie Joe, made with house-made veggie chili on a toasted brioche bun. The stuffed grilled cheese is another crowd pleaser. It includes jack and cheddar cheese, house-made guacamole, tomatoes, and grilled onions on sourdough bread.

Swingers
8020 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-5858
www.swingersdiner.com
www.yelp.com/biz/swingers-diner-los-a

Ray’s & Stark Bar

July 7, 2015 by  
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Toast Cafe

June 29, 2015 by  
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Do you like to brunch? Of course you do! Toast Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day and they even have a bakery. They are located right here in our neighborhood. Take a look at the menu and try them out!

8221 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
toastbakerycafe.net/

Lobster Rose Summer at Ray’s & Stark Bar

June 26, 2015 by  
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Toast Bakery Cafe: Cupcakes for Breakfast—Or Lunch or Dinner

June 23, 2015 by  
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When Toast's website claims it can please even the pickiest of eaters, it's not exaggerating. Guests from The Rachael Ray Show, The Hills, and The Today Show​ have all been filmed sharing a meal there. Perhaps that's because chefs create its widely renowned breakfast dishes morning, noon, and night.

Anything goes for breakfast or brunch at Toast—even cupcakes. Try the red velvet cupcake, a local favorite, or the bakery's own spin on the classic: blue velvet. Its banana pudding also caters to customers with a helping of vanilla wafers, Oreos, or peanut butter cups on top. For more conventional breakfast grub, order classic buttermilk pancakes, stuffed French toast, or eggs and omelets. Vegetarians especially love the breakfast menu, since nearly everything fits their dietary restrictions—you can even opt for veggie sausage.

And the kitchen keeps churning out savory and sweet fare even after the breakfast rush. At lunch, you can start with calamari rings and end with a grilled falafel burger or turkey avocado wrap. Whereas when dinner rolls around, chefs shift gears to more upscale dishes ranging from grilled salmon to thin-crust margherita pizzas. Make sure you order the sweet potato fries with dinner—customers rave about them.

Toast Bakery Cafe
8221 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-5018
www.toastbakerycafe.net
www.yelp.com/biz/toast-bakery-cafe-los-angeles

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Sushi Koo: Satisfying Sushi in Los Angeles

June 2, 2015 by  
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This cozy, casual spot is known for offering satisfying sushi and rolls at a low cost. With many dishes priced at $3.50, you can indulge without going over budget.

Regulars recommend the rolls, particularly the spicy tuna, spicy yellowtail, the dynamite mac roll, and the scallop roll. One bonus of Sushi Koo is that each table has a container of wasabi, spicy mayonnaise, and ginger, so you can add as much of these garnishes as you want. Frequent guests say the spicy mayo, which includes ginger, ponzu sauce, and soy sauce, is one of the top reasons for eating here.

The dining room is small, so it's not good for large groups, but the service is quick, so it's a great spot for a quick lunch. Sushi Koo is cash only, conveniently, there is an ATM is inside the restaurant.

Sushi Koo
8474 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-3959

www.sushikoo.com
www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-koo-los-angeles

Little Dom’s: Big, Bold Flavors in Los Angeles

May 26, 2015 by  
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Little Dom's offers a charming and tasty experience. This quaint Italian bistro features a menu of fantastic items, with an emphasis on healthy all-natural fare. Breakfast at Little Dom’s features an array of early-morning classics. Pancakes come with ricotta cheese and fresh fruit, while the breakfast pizza features sunny side up eggs with delicious speck and tomato sauce.

Heartier fare is present on the dinner menu, with many tasty items sure to please a range of diners. Rice balls are a twist on a classic appetizer. This popular dish features fried rice filled with delectable cheese, perfect for a small plate at the bar or a pre entrée snack. Main courses include a variety of excellent pizza dishes, as well as perfectly cooked pasta and steak.

Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-0055
www.littledoms.com
www.yelp.com/biz/little-doms-los-angeles

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