Joe Miller, formerly of Joe’s Restaurant, opened Pacifique in West Hollywood on Monday. The menu is Japanese-influenced, with dishes such as chicken tsukune with cured egg yolk and duck; scallops with uni and smoked daikon; and pork loin with udon.
631 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 359-0788, pacifiquela.com
Phorage founder Perry Cheung recently opened Dumpling Monster in West Hollywood. The menu includes xiao long bao, pan-fried dumplings, pork buns, dan dan noodles, chili tofu over rice and crispy garlic crab.
Heroic Wine Bar
Adam Fleischman will open Heroic Wine Bar next door to Heroic Deli in Santa Monica. Serving wines solely from California and Italy, the bar also offers a menu including pork loin with porcini and spaghetti with Santa Barbara uni, caviar and lobster from chef Barbara Pollastrini.
Teddy’s Red Tacos
Teddy’s Red Tacos, which specializes in birria de res, has a new location by the Venice boardwalk. Teddy Vasquez was working as an Uber driver when he started selling tacos out of his trunk in 2017; this last weekend he was featured in a Super Bowl commercial on ESPN Deportes — which may explain any extra wait times for mulitas, tacos and quesadillas going forward.
46 Windward Ave., Venice, facebook.com/teddysredtacos
Elmerino’s is a new truck cruising around downtown with both classic and crazy pizzas. Creative pies include spicy carne asada, pastrami pizza with pickles and Dijon mustard, and a bacon-and-elbow-noodle-covered mac ‘n’ cheese pie.
Mugshot Coffee Roasters
Mugshot Coffee Roasters is now open and roasting its own beans in Echo Park. You can walk away with a bag of small-batch, single-origin coffee or stay for a cappuccino, turmeric latte or “dirty” Thai ice tea.
Orsa & Winston is hosting a pop-up every Sunday and Monday in February called MF Deli. The $170 tasting menu is the work of Halaigh Whelan-McManus, who has come to L.A. from Oslo, and Kevin Finch, who recently left a position as chef de cuisine at Atelier Crenn in San Francisco. It features an eclectic mix of dishes such as spiny lobster with brain jelly and shiso; dry-aged pheasant with berries; and abalone and mushrooms glazed in grilled liver butter.
The Silver Lake location of Blossom Vietnamese Restaurant is now closed after eight years in Sunset Junction. Blossom still operates restaurants in Chinatown, downtown and Santa Monica.