Planet Dailies marks the return of Planet Hollywood to Los Angeles, only instead of a location in the heart of Beverly Hills, Planet Dailies is on a mezzanine at the Original Farmers Market. Gone is all the Hollywood memorabilia, but the glitzy food in a glimmery setting continues. And so does the penchant for culinary Americana mixed with a wild and wooly assortment of artisanal cocktails.
You ascend a flight of stairs on the eastern edge of the Farmers Market, at the cusp where the Market and the Grove intersect. At the top of the stairs, you have the option of turning right or left, into structures that are otherwise independent of each other. Turn to the left and you enter a large space with booths, tables and a bar, plus a zillion overhead big screens tuned to sporting events around the globe. To the right is another bar serving its own menu.
There's a Chinese section on the menu. There's a pasta section. There's a deli section. There are beef burgers and chicken burgers. There's plenty for vegetarians. Pub grub like spinach-and-artichoke dip, Buffalo wings, Tex-Mex egg rolls, potato skins, fish tacos and jalapeño poppers sits alongside heartier fare like pizza topped with prosciutto and figs, blackened New York strip topped with blue cheese and even a whole BBQ duck. This is a place that's trying - hard! - to offer something for everyone. Which means, yes, there's a shake made using chocolate animal cookies from Dylan's Candy Bar.
With two bars, Planet Dailies is arguably more about its cocktails than its food. And with Salvatore Calabrese "inspiring" the drinks, it's definitely about mixology. His menu is divided into "Champagne Cocktails," "Classic Cocktails," "Pre-Dinner Cocktails," "Martini Cocktails," "Short & Sublime," "Long & Luscious," "After-Dinner Cocktails" and "Non-Alcoholic Cocktails." The Yellow Lamborghini, made with frozen vodka, Galliano, Salvatore's own bitters and a fresh yellow pepper, is very dry. And it goes down fast - just like its namesake.
Expect a hip crowd of twentysomethings who like their cocktails wet, cold and very potent. It's been drawing a big crowd since it opened, and with March Madness under way, plenty are heading up the stairs to watch the games while chewing on Kobe beef sliders washed down with bottled beers like Abita Turbodog and Eel River Organic Porter. Planet Dailies is one more reason to head for the Original Farmers Market, and one more reason to wish there was more parking.
6333 W. Third St.; 323-370-6560