Month: May 2015

  • Belcampo Santa Monica

    Belcampo Santa Monica

    Belcampo Meat Co. in Santa Monica finally (re)opened last month, a year after its “pop-up” last May.  The butcher shop, selling products from their organic farm up in Larkspur, CA, takes up a small portion of their store front, while the entrance to the restaurant is to the left.  The restaurant menu has a few […]

  • Superba Food + Bread

    Superba Food + Bread

    Venice’s Superba Food + Bread has had an interesting year so far, shuffling nearly all key back-of-house staff in the last couple of months–check Eater LA for the blow-by-blow details.  Having an unexpected Saturday evening free a few weeks ago, I decided to see whether the food was worth all the backroom drama. Pain d’Epi:  […]

  • Umami Burger’s Tasting Menu

    Umami Burger’s Tasting Menu

    Last month, I was invited to try Umami Burger‘s 9-Course Tasting Menu challenge!  I gathered up three poker buddies and descended on Umami’s Hollywood location on a cloudy Saturday afternoon.  Two and a half hours later, we had worked our way through 3 appetizers, 8 burgers, 3 full-sized cocktails, and 2 small pours each of […]

  • Jinya Ramen Bar (Santa Monica)

    Jinya Ramen Bar (Santa Monica)

    I’ve never been to Ramen Jinya in Studio City, the first U.S. location of Jinya ramen bars that was lauded in 2010 by both Rickmond Wong, the Rameniac, and by Jonathan Gold, then of L.A. Weekly.  I hadn’t gotten to try the short-lived Sawtelle Boulevard outpost, even though it was much closer to me than […]