Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, Olympic Eats, Special Deals

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Wasabi Sushi revolving

BY KAREN YOUNG What's New... Studio City's "sushi row" might just take on the name "pizza row" as well.  Pizza Rev, a "craft-your-own" eatery, is opening its second location on September 21 at 12103 Ventura Blvd  (just west of Laurel … [Read more...]

Tula’s Restaurant and Decoy Lounge: An Unexpected Surprise for Casual Food and Drink

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BY KAREN YOUNG There’s nothing like being pleasantly surprised by a restaurant about which you  have little expectations.  And that’s exactly what happened when I was invited to dine at Tula’s in North Hollywood.  It's a quiet option … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: The Village Opens Plus Special Happenings in the 818

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BY KAREN YOUNG At last...The Village opened in Studio City last week and marked the occasion with  a celebratory party.  Frank Leon, the Studio City restaurateur behind La Loggia and Next Door, replaced his former restaurant, Bokado, with … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: A New Restaurant, A New Sweets Biz, A New Sweet Butter Menu, A New Pancake Special and A New Dine LA

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BY KAREN YOUNG Noho has got a new restaurant perfect for summer.  Following the success of  The Federal Bar on Lankershim in North Hollywood, which opened just over a year ago, Knitting Factory Entertainment (KFE) and CEO Morgan Margolis … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Umami/LA Creamery Strike Deal, Sportsmen’s Lodge Comeback, Kids and Caviar

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BY KAREN YOUNG The Sportsmen's Lodge, once the legendary stomping grounds of stars like Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart and John Wayne, started its makeover in 2009 when it was acquired by Richard Weintraub. Now, the restaurant which was originally … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: In Memoriam—A Toast And Tribute To Jim Sahin, Cafe Aldente Chef/Owner

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY This week, the heart of Studio City became heavy with the passing of Jim Sahin,  who owned and operated Café Aldente since 1988. I got the privilege of meeting Jim over 10 years ago when he started dating one of my … [Read more...]

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

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BY KAREN YOUNG   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 … [Read more...]

Raphael’s Star Chef, New Small Plate Menu, Happy Hour and Regional Wine Series

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BY KAREN YOUNG Amidst the stretch of sushi restaurants, pizzerias, taverns and automotive facilities on Ventura Blvd in Studio City, sits Raphael — a sleek, sophisticated, fine dining establishment without pretention, but with that certain … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants in the San Fernando Valley and More

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Sammy's staff is waiting to serve you when they officially open their doors to the public tomorrow, May 10.  Photo: Courtesy Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

BY KAREN YOUNG Sammy's Woodfired Pizza & Grill is opening tomorrow, May 10, in Studio City at Laurel Canyon and Ventura Blvd in the old Louise's location on the second floor of the corner strip mall that also houses the Daily … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Restaurant News in the 818 with Pizza, Burgers, Oysters and Coffee

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BY KAREN YOUNG It seems that the "Build Your Pizza" theme may be the next big fast casual food trend.  First there's Westwood's 800 Degrees  (from the Umami brand), then the announcement of the soon to open Blaze Pizza (from the founders … [Read more...]