Los Angeles, say hello to the cruffin: a croissant-muffin hybrid
This city’s food-obsessed will never tire of ramen, fried chicken or food hybrids, as evidenced by this week’s roundup of restaurant news. Here’s what’s happening in the world of L.A. food and beverage:
Umami Burger founder is doing ramen: Adam Fleischman, the founder of the Umami Burger restaurant chain, is getting ready to open a restaurant called Ramen Roll with partners Andy Gavin (a video-game developer) and chef Kiyoshiro Yamamoto (Yamakase) in Culver City. The fast-casual Japanese restaurant will feature a menu of hand rolls and ramen. There also will be beer, wine and sake. The restaurant is scheduled to open by the end of the year. 9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City, www.ramenroll.com
The cruffin is here: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, the San Francisco bakery known for its croissant-muffin hybrid called the cruffin, has opened a location in Highland Park. Expect plenty of laminated dough, cookies and cakes. And in case you’re wondering, the Los Angeles location does feature the bakery’s signature “I got baked” sign — only the Highland Park version reads “I got baked in Los Angeles.” 111 S. Ave. 59, Los Angeles, (323) 739-0473, www.mrholmesbakehouse.com
Oysters in DTLA: Rappahannock Oyster Bar, the fourth-generation, family-run oyster company from Virginia, will open a location in the ROW DTLA development in the spring. Oysters will be the focus of the menu, but there also will be dishes designed to highlight California’s local produce. One of the menu items will be the lambs and clams with merguez, sofrito, pigeon peas and aioli. There also will be a full bar. 777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, www.rroysters.com
Then came the chicken: Fritzi Dog, Neal Fraser’s hot dog stall at the Original Farmers Market, is now a chicken-centric stall called Fritzi Coop. Fraser is focusing his hot dog efforts on private events and Rams and USC games at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Fritzi Coop will serve chicken four ways, including confit, grilled, fried without batter and buttermilk-battered. The chicken is served in a sandwich, as wings or on a salad. Sides include potato waffles, sous-vide carrots and golden beets. 6333 W. 3rd St., Stall No. 742, Los Angeles, (323) 936-9436, www.fritzicoop.com
More Italian in Beverly Hills: The Toscana Restaurant Group, the company behind Toscana and Bar Toscana in Brentwood, will open Nerano, an Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills. The restaurant, located adjacent to the Peninsula Hotel, is scheduled to open in mid-November. Executive chef Michele Lisi (formerly of Vincenti) will helm the kitchen, and William Perbellini will head the bar program. The two-story, 4,000-square-foot space is being designed by Belzberg Architect Group and includes a 75-seat dining room downstairs and a 40-seat lounge upstairs. 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 405-0155, www.neranobh.com
Arcadia’s new ramen restaurant: Kaizen Dining Group, the owners of the Kabuki restaurant chain, have opened a ramen restaurant called Tengoku Ramen Bar in Arcadia. The menu, created by executive chef Masa Kurihara, includes bowls of ramen made with chicken and pork broth (tonkotsu, shoyu and spicy miso); chashu buns, gyoza and chicken karaage. To drink, Japanese beer and, pending licensing approval, plum wine, sake and shochu. 815 W. Naomi Ave., Arcadia, (626) 294-9924, www.tengokuramen.com
Still hungry? Water Grill has opened a location at South Coast Plaza. Good Greek Grill has opened a location in Hollywood. Sherry Yard’s new restaurant, the Tuck Room Tavern in Westwood, will start serving brunch this weekend. The Cannibal in Culver City has a new sandwich menu at the butcher shop.
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4:53 a.m.: This article was updated with the new launch date for brunch at the Truck Room Tavern.
This article was originally published Oct. 11.
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