Heroic Deli opens wine bar and Teddy’s Red Tacos has new location in this week’s restaurant news

Heroic Deli will open Heroic Wine Bar in Santa Monica. Pictured, pasta with uni, crab and caviar, all from Santa Barbara.
(Barbara Pollastrini )


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.

For the record:

12:30 PM, Feb. 06, 2019A previous version of this article mistakenly spelled chef Kevin Finch’s last name as Funch.

631 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 359-0788,

Dumpling Monster


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.

A spread of dim sum and other dishes from Dumpling Monster
(Stan Lee / Fried Chicken Sandwich Studios)

7318 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 450-9790,

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.

514 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 490-0202,

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,


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.

Various downtown locations, Los Angeles, (323) 274-9462,


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.

1728 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 989-1027,

MF Deli


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.

122 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, (213) 687-0300,


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.


After four years in Venice, Salt Air is now closed.