Burger City Grill Expands with “Upscale In ‘n’ Out” Style
Burger City Grill, or BCG as it prefers, joins those looking to rise above traditional fast food and offer fresh, fun food with sound prices in mind. BCG is spreading across the South Bay, bringing fun burger and fry concepts through Lomita, Downey and [coming 2017] Torrance. The growing fast-casual chain offers a simple, yet substantive menu that includes specialty burgers and fries, milkshakes, beer on tap and more than 100 soft drinks [thank you Coca Cola Freestyle machines].
BCG defines itself through fresh ingredients, a bit of ‘hip and trendy,’ and a price point above traditional fast food but far below most other fast-casual concepts. Burgers deliver beautiful flavor, with the kicker on each being a crispy, buttered brioche bun. Fries are thick and hearty [and they do have an animal-style fries equivalent], and shakes are made in-house. BCG has about a half-dozen beers on tap that include Fat Tire and Firestone Walker 805 among others, which go well with sports broadcast on TVs across the clean-cut dining area.
Eastern European Flair
This cozy Marina Del Rey eatery has targeted an underserved corner of the culinary market: Slavic cuisine. The region doesn’t immediately come to mind compared to taste epicenters such as Italy, France and Spain, but has some gems of its own and Doma Kitchen strives to serve them with just a touch of American nuancing.
Lamb stroganoff in decadent creamy caramelized onion sauce, crispy chicken Kiev that literally bursts with buttery essence at first cut, and charcuterie boards longer than the tables themselves highlight a mostly made-from-scratch menu. Be sure to try the dumplings as well—European dumplings are nothing like what you’re used to in East Asian cuisine, and make for an adventurous dining experience.
New Dining Perks
Table8, an app and web-based dining resource providing users a new way to find and book their ideal restaurant reservation and discover new food and drink experiences, recently launched new restaurant perks for its dining club members at select partner restaurants in LA, as well as the 12 other cities across the US where they operate. These special perks are complimentary and range from a welcome cocktail or amuse bouche to a signed menu from the chef or wine cellar tour with the sommelier.
Several LA eateries are showcasing new perks that demonstrate varying levels of operational complexity. At Cliff’s Edge, for example, members are guaranteed seating on the sought after patio. At other restaurants, such as Alma at The Standard, members get welcome bubbles and a signed menu from Chef Ari Taymor.
Now You Can Enjoy NYC
Fine Dining Aboard a Plane
Passengers flying in the Delta One cabin on select trans-Atlantic routes to Europe and transcontinental flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport can enjoy meals from the acclaimed New York restaurant, Maialino.
Maialino’s menus are part of Delta’s ongoing partnership with Union Square Hospitality Group. Past rotations with USHG include the fall menu from North End Grill, summer menu from Union Square Events, the spring menu from Union Square Cafe and last year’s winter menu from Marta. The dishes will be prepared daily in the Union Square Events kitchen, located in Chelsea, N.Y., home to the catering and venue hospitality arm of Union Square Hospitality Group [which owns Maialino] and delivered to New York-JFK to be boarded on the Delta flights.
Upcoming Restaurant Openings
Tao: The Las Vegas and New York legend is finally making its way to Los Angeles. Pan-Asian cuisine in a massive space that’s just as much a party as it is a dining experience, will start in the first part of 2017.
Rossoblu: Opening in DTLA’s Fashion District in February, Rossoblu will pay homage to Chef Steve Samson’s roots in the middle mountain regions of Italy.
Kismet: This Los Feliz establishment will feature Middle-Eastern fare in a small plates setting. Expected January 2017.
Felix: Chef Evan Funke looks to return to the restaurant scene after closing the beloved Bucato. Opening in Venice’s Abbott Kinney Blvd in January, Felix will undoubtedly feature fresh pasta and pizza dishes.
Cosa Buona: Another Italian spot, this one in Echo Park with a much more casual feel. Chef Zach Pollack will serve up American-Italian classics starting in January.
Rosaline: Ricardo Zarate joins Evan Funke in serious comeback efforts to the LA dining scene. The famed Peruvian chef will take over the former Comme Ca space in West Hollywood, slated for February or March 2017. Rosaline, for reference, is Zarate’s mother’s name.