|Gordon Ramsay debuts The Fat Cow at the Grove|
When Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff opened their flagship restaurant in Beverly Hills, the blonde woods, eclectic art and leafy patio set a standard. The food, of course, even more so. After 20 years, Puck decided to give the whole concept a facelift, from the decor - which is now sleek, gleaming, contemporary - to the menu, which has seen many changes, including losing some dishes (smoked salmon pizza, schnitzle) and adding more small globally inspired small plates. Spago has so far reopened for dinner only, with lunch to come soon (176 N. Canon Dr.; 310-385-0880).
The Fat Cow
Gordon Ramsay opened this neighborhood-focused spot right in the heart of the Grove, bringing a seasonal menu full of comfort foods like thick burgers, lobster mac and cheese, and pizzas. There's house-made ice cream and other sweet treats out front, and a boho chic dining room in back (189 The Grove Drive; 323-965-1020).
Hart & The Hunter
Chefs Kris Tominaga and Brian Dunsmoor, who ran a very successful Southern-leaning pop-up at Capri in Venice, found a permanent home at the newish Palihotel on Melrose. This being a hotel, there's breakfast and lunch (think: biscuits and country ham, Handsome coffee, soups, salads and sandwiches), with dinner offering bolder dishes like chicken cracklins with hot pepper vinegar, ham hock rillettes, fried chicken livers with arugula and apple and onion jam, and even good old-fashioned seafood boil. Dinner begins Thursday, October 4 (7950 Melrose Ave.; 323-327-9702).
Chris Phelps and Zak Walters from Salt's Cure partnered with the guys from Bar Covell to open this sandwich shop next to the Los Feliz wine bar. Find everything from breakfast egg-and-cheese sandwiches to egg salad, roast beef and a single or double burger with house-cured bacon (4624 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-665-5670).
Raw food chef and overall healthy-eating advocate Matthew Kenney soft opened his new raw food restaurant at Santa Monica Place last weekend. For lunch and dinner, you'll find vegan and raw dishes like heirloom tomato lasagna, kimchee dumplings, and sweet corn ravioli. The wine list is heavy with biodynamic wines, organic beers and juicy saketinis. It's adjacent to the raw food education center that offers hands-on cooking classes in a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen (395 Santa Monica Place; 310.394.7046).
The Korean soul brothas that won The Great Food Truck Race will open their first brick-and-mortar spot this Saturday (Oct. 6). Expect a slew of sausages like in addition to specialties like kalbi sausage topped with kimchi relish and garlic-jalapeno aioli, or spicy pork topped with apple-cabbage slaw, plus new items like braised kalbi poutine with avocado lime crema and pickled onions, rice bowls, and fried rice balls in various flavors (Japanese curry, etc.). The shop will also carry sausage by the pound for home cooks (11313 Mississippi Ave.; 310-477-7739).