Socalo opens in Santa Monica with a menu featuring lamb birria and tacos vampiros



My SoCal life

Socalo is open at the Gateway Hotel in Santa Monica from Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill. The menu includes lamb birria, tacos vampiros with steak, platters of Baja seafood and grilled arrachera.

1920 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 451-1655,


Mediterranean on Melrose

Olivetta will open Jan. 6 on Melrose Avenue with chef Michael Fiorelli, formerly of Love & Salt. A coastal Mediterranean menu includes rye macaroni with fennel sausage, grilled Spanish octopus with fried peppers and salsa verde, and grilled branzino with lemon conserva.

9010 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 307-3932,

Part time cover

All Time will open part-time on Jan. 7 in Los Feliz. The dinner-only takeout business plans to offer salads, rotisserie chicken, mac and cheese, vegetarian entrees and more, seven days a week.


2044 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles

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Steam room

Qi Steam Kitchen is open in Mid-Wilshire for steamed Hubei-style cuisine. The menu includes spiced rice with lamb chops, pearl pork balls, and steamed garlic prawns with vermicelli.

5966 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 879-9313,

Halal la land

Halal House recently opened in Northridge. The menu includes Moroccan-style falafel, popcorn chicken, gyros and burgers.

9514 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, (818) 527-1440,

Seafood pho in Long Beach

Pho K-Tea has a new location in Long Beach. The Vietnamese menu includes goi cuon, cha gio and pho with filet mignon, chicken or seafood.

2612 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, (562) 438-9499,

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Live to Sawtelle

The 70-year-old Tempura House recently reopened as Sawtelle Tempura House under chef Satoru Yokomori, formerly of Del Rey Kitchen and Sawtelle Kitchen. The menu is currently absent tempura but now includes karaage, udon, tonkatsu and ponzu chicken.

1816 Sawtelle Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 479-5989,

Kurobuta tonkotsu in Hollywood

Kota Ramen is open in Hollywood for Hakata-style ramen and Japanese whisky from chef-restaurateur Kevin Fung of Montreal. The menu includes organic, 12-hour tonkotsu extracted from Kurobuta bones, plus fried goat cheese, white fish carpaccio and vegetable tempura.

1624 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 745-0888,

Inherent rice

Mr Rice is open in Westwood for Yunnan-style mixian rice noodles and hot pot. The menu includes double chile fatty beef mixian, kimchi lamb hot pot, braised pig feet with rice and curry fish balls.

1010 Broxton Ave., Los Angeles

Admission possible

General Admission is open in Hollywood Hills. The sports bar’s menu includes avocado toast with lobster, pork belly-topped burgers, tacos and sushi.

3311 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles,

The one who ox

The Ox is open at Oxford Palace Hotel in Koreatown. The cafe serves cortados, mochas, teas and pastries from Baker’s Kneaded, such as croissants with guava or Nutella.

745 S. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles,


Hi-Fi Espresso has a second location open in Redondo Beach. The cafe serves Counter Culture coffee and August Uncommon teas alongside items such as mushroom porridge, omelets and toast with peanut butter, banana jam and blueberries.

1815 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, (424) 247-8649,


Roy Choi’s A-Frame is closed after nine years in Culver City.

Mama Petrillo’s closed on Dec. 31 after 58 years in Temple City.

Inn Ann closed at Japan House on Dec. 31 to make room for a new restaurant, which is slated to open in January.

Doomie’s will close on Dec. 30 after eight months in Culver City. Locations in Hollywood and City Terrace remain open.

Curry House is closed after 14 years on Sawtelle.

Baroo Canteen is closed at Union Swapmeet after seven months in East Hollywood. On Instagram, the owners wrote, “It’s time to focus on the new Baroo and another project or two for 2020.”