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Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the 818, Plus a Sneak Peek Weho Happy Hour

Posted By Karen Young On May 22, 2012 @ 10:46 pm In American,Bar/Pub/Taverns,Breakfast,Dinner,Eat,Featured,Food,Happy Hour,Japanese,Lunch,My Daily Find,Pubs and Sports Bars,Restaurants,spotlight,Tasty Tidbits | No Comments

BY KAREN YOUNG

Chef Kazunomi Nozawa/Sugarfish Photo: Sugarfish

 

Chef Kazunomi Nozawa closed the doors of his infamous Studio City restaurant, Sushi Nozawa,  on February 29, but the legacy continues with  SUGARFISH  which quietly opened its doors on May 17.  Although Nozawa said he is retiring, SUGARFISH is part of a restaurant group  co-owned by Nozawa, his son, Tom Nozawa, and four other  partners.  Studio City will be the fifth SUGARFISH location. Others are in Brentwood, Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles and Marina Del Rey.  Diners choose from three core menus called Trust Me, a  takeoff from the traditional Japanese omakase. The biggest change is there are no visible sushi chefs behind a sushi bar as everything is quickly made in the kitchen. There’s no fancy rolls — just pure sushi nigiri and limited sashimi– and strict suggestions that you shouldn’t dip anything in soy sauce if there is already a sauce.  You can also order a la carte.  For more detailed menu information, go to the website.  Beer, sake and white wine are available.  Takeout and catering too.

Natas Pastries in Sherman Oaks is having a wine tasting event on Friday, May 25 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.  $22 a person includes five wines, plus a variety of imported Portuguese and other premium cheeses, sausages, cafe marinated olives, house Artisan bread, dried fruits and nuts. Small plates are available at $7 a plate, including Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá, (Classic Salt Cod dish), Grilled Shrimp, Grilled Shrimp with Aioli Potato,New York Steak Sliders, New York Steak on Artisan Bread. RSVP 818-788-8050.

The Grand Opening celebration continues at Pizza Rev in Northridge with its pizza sweepstakes — five people will win  free pizza for a year.   No purchase is necessary; simply visit www.PizzaRev.com/freepizza for full sweepstakes details. All entries must be submitted by May 31. Winners will be announced live at PizzaRev on June 8  with a celebration from 3 p.m. -5 p.m. and will include free drinks and dessert pizza! Enter now for a chance to win the big prize! This craft-your-own pizza place starts with PizzaRev’s homemade dough, followed by a choice of sauce, cheese, and over 30 fresh toppings, all assembled by PizzaRev’s staff right before the customer’s eyes! For just $7.45, enjoy unlimited fresh toppings including all the traditional favorites plus many gourmet options.

Starting Memorial Day Weekend, Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank will be taking brunch to the next level with the introduction of their $10 B&B special which includes: ½ pint Golden Road Beer (Point the Way IPA or Golden Road Hefeweizen) and one brunch item (choice of: Tomato chipotle Chiliquiles with eggs (non-vegan) or tofu, avocado salsa (vegan), biscuits, gravy, and grits (vegan/and non-vegan). This brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 10a.m. -Noon, and – just for Memorial Day Weekend – will also be offered on Monday, May 28th.

Also, at Tony’s, on Sunday, May 27th, they’ll host their inaugural Books and Brews from 6-9pm, a program designed to showcase regional food authors and pair their creations with excellent beer. For this event, Chef Randal St. Clair will team up with one of my favorite food writers, Randy Clemens, author of The Sriracha Cookbook, to discuss their mutual love of ‘rooster sauce’ and sample a menu of Sriracha-enhanced vegan and non-vegan items (pulled pork sliders, potato salad, deviled eggs and more) paired with some excellent beer. Tony’s Darts Away, 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank.

Just a hop over the hill, these are summer deals to covet in West Hollywood. The usually pricey, and always trendy, Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian Hotel, has two summer specials starting this weekend. Reprising last year’s popular Friday afternoon happy hour — Out of Office Friday — from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. starting this Friday, May 25. The following are $5 each: valet, mojitos, caipirinhas, and a selection of small bites, including their popular smoked salmon pancake, wild salmon ceviche, tuna pica and black bean croquettes. That’s not the end of deals because starting on Memorial Day, May 28, it’s Sunset Hours from 4 p.m. -7 p.m. Monday-Friday, featuring $7 valet, and a Sunset Hour special that includes a giant shared mojito or caipirinha, two ceviches and two croquettas for $25. Asia de Cuba, 8440 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood.

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of MyDailyFind. Email: karen@mydailyfind.com

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