Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is bringing its crème brûlée doughnuts and fried chicken to L.A.
From fried chicken and doughnuts to a new lounge in Hollywood, here’s what’s happening in the L.A. world of food and drink.
Doughnuts and fried chicken party: If you’ve been lucky enough to try a crème brûlée doughnut from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in Washington, D.C., you’ll understand why this next bit of news is exciting. The East Coast doughnut and fried chicken chain is opening its first West Coast location in downtown L.A. early next year. The L.A. version will serve the classic Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken menu (that includes the Old Bay fried chicken sandwich), plus an evolving menu of seasonal doughnuts, fried chicken, side dishes and doughnut sandwiches. So you can look forward to cherry blossom doughnuts in spring and bourbon eggnog doughnuts for the holidays. Co-founders Jeff Halpern and Elliot Spaisman teamed up with Art Levitt (founding president and CEO of Fandango and president of Hard Rock Café) for the new location. And the restaurant already has an L.A. connection: Halpern played a season with the Los Angeles Kings. 510 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, www.astrodoughnuts.com.
Hollywood nightlife: A 10,000-square-foot restaurant and lounge called Liaison Restaurant + Lounge will open in the former Sadie space in Hollywood in January. There’s room for 125 in the dining room; there will also be an open-air garden. Chef Nick Barainca’s menu will be seasonal, with winter dishes such as Kuri squash fritters and a sweet potato baked in a salt meringue. Expect two bars and plenty of room for dancing. 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles, www.liaisonla.com.
To the bone: Bone Kettle, a restaurant that specializes in bone broth (also known in less trendy circles as stock), will open in Pasadena in January. It’s the latest restaurant from Erwin Tjahyadi, who is also executive chef and co-owner of Komodo. Tjahyadi plans on serving bone broth soups (boiled for 36 hours), Indonesian-inspired small plates and desserts. 69 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, www.bonekettle.com.
Omakase barbecue: YakiYan, a new Japanese barbecue restaurant by the Panda Restaurant Group (which owns Panda Express), has opened in Hacienda Heights. The restaurant has a set omakase barbecue menu that features meats grilled at your table. You can also order soups, appetizers, rice, noodles and dessert. 17188 Colima Road, Hacienda Heights, (626) 581-0080. yakiyan-us.com.
Veteran chef on La Brea: Sascha Lyon, who has cooked alongside notable chefs Michel Blanchet, Michel Richard, Alain Giraud and Daniel Boulud, has opened a French restaurant on South La Brea Avenue called Commerson. The restaurant is named for the French botanist Philibert Commerson. Menu highlights include a shrimp and chorizo burger; filet mignon with seared foie gras; and a grilled raclette sandwich on Lodge bread. All of the pastries and desserts are made at the restaurant by pastry chef Liz Sencion. 788 S. La Brea, L.A., (323) 813-3000, www.commersonrestaurant.com.
Still hungry? Bruster’s Ice Cream has opened in Huntington Beach. Pascal Lorange will open a location of Crudo restaurant at South Coast Plaza in summer 2017. Zuma Japanese restaurant will open a location at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in early 2017. Wild Living Foods, a new plant-based restaurant in the downtown L.A. Fashion District, is now open. Drago Ristorante is now open at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Nic’s Beverly Hills, known for its Vodbox, is closing; the last night of service is New Year’s Eve.
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