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FYI: The Little Door on 3rd Just Got a Drink Menu

We’re not the kind to freak over happy hour, except when they’re chic. Such as The Little Door’s new drink menu which was recently invented as of July 14th. Now you can chill in the gazeboed patio not just to wait for a table. A new small bites menu was created to accompanied the Moscow Mules, Cucumber Martinis, Bourbon Bellinis, Basil Margaritas and so forth.

MHA Media (whose been repping the resto for about a year) had a group in to try the new menu which included rib eye, crab salad, mint lamb and foie gras (which was added for the evening in preparation of discontinuing the dish which became banned in California on July 1st, 2012, shortly after our dinner).

For those of you who skipped your L.A. History 101 class … The Little Door is owned by Frederic and Nicolas Meschin, two brothers from the South of France, who owned nightclubs 10 years ago such as Moroccan-inspired club ‘Po-Na-Na Souk’, Beverly Hills supper club ‘Bo Kaos’ and cabaret restaurant ‘Flaming Colossus’. The brothers have a vineyard in France, where they make and import their own wine for the restaurants, friends and family.

In additional notable L.A. gossip, the Little Door was also the setting for last years’ premiere after party of the ‘The Artist.’

Hours of Operation:
Fridays and Saturdays — 6PM-1:30AM
Sunday-Thursdays — 6PM-10PM

**This is at the actual bar of The Little Door restaurant — not to be confused with their Little Next Door, which opened September 2006.

Cucumber Martini

Crab Avocado Peach Salad

MHA table at Little Door — Ross King, Brianna Deutsch, Jenny Wu, Taye Hansberry, Mia Mendez, Alice Braccini, and more.

Bourbon Bellini

Almond Crusted Goat Cheese & Trio of Roasted Beets

Basil Margarita

Pistachio Mint Pesto Rack of Lamb

Brianna Deutsch

Rhubarb Martini

Grilled Prime Rib Eye Steak

Little Door special menu, designed just for us

Foie Gras

Exec chef Nicolas Peter

Jenny Wu, Taye Hansberry

Spago Closes; But Only for 3 Months

Spago closed last night with a bang, having offered all of the special ‘Spago classics’ (wiener schnitzel, etc.) for the last few weeks up until last night.

The final ‘staff meal’ last night

On the heels of its 30th anniversary, Spago will close July 9th for a complete restaurant remodel in both its design and menu.

“I’ve always believed that change is good and it’s important to us to re-invest in our restaurants to keep them fresh and current,” said Wolfgang Puck.  “When Spago re-opens this fall, we will debut a totally new menu which will be revealed opening night.

For all of our guests who have brought us joy and success and supported us over the years, you will have only weeks left to enjoy our classics before they disappear.  Now is your chance to make your reservations to taste the old favorites.”

These dishes include Spicy Tuna Tartare in sesame miso cones; Roasted Chino Farms Beet Layer Cake with warm sautéed goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts and shallot-citrus dressing; House-Smoked Salmon Pizza with shaved sweet onions, dill crème fraîche and salmon pearls; Crispy Veal “Wiener Schnitzel” with fingerling potato and young mâche salad; and the ever-popular Kaiserschmarrn with strawberries.

The flagship and original Spago, which opened in West Hollywood in 1982 and relocated to Beverly Hills in 1997, were both imaginatively and brilliantly designed by Barbara Lazaroff.

Hollywood Steak Wars: Boa, STK, Cut, Morton’s, Etc.

The knives are out as L.A.’s hottest steakhouses compete for the appetites of the industry’s biggest dealmakers. A recent The Hollywood article caught our eye by Friend of the Truffle Degen Penner who did a little MUCH NEEDED break down on who eats where: here’s a re-cap:

1. Wolfgang Puck’s Cut:

Steak: sirloin sampler of Kobe-style American beef, dry-aged Prime and Australian Wagyu at Wolfgang ($135)

2. The Palm (9001 Santa Monica Blvd.): Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom SherakAlan HornBob Evans,Jim WiattRick NicitaRichard Lovett and Jerry Weintraub

Notes: Bryan Lourd‘s long-time partner Bruce Bozzi, as a corporate executive and draws regulars such as. “I’m there at least three days a week for lunch, maybe four,” says Sherak. “It’s a very social place. When you are there, it feels like part of being in the business.”

3. BOA (9200 W. Sunset Blvd.): ICM’s Jack Gilardi, producer Avi Lerner, Ryan Seacrest, Elton John and Courteney Cox. 

Notes: ICM’s Jack Gilardi calls the spot a favorite of agents.

Steaks: ICM’s Jack Gilardi orders  a petite filet ($37), no sauce, butterflied.

4. Wolfgang Puck’s Cut (9500 Wilshire Blvd.): NBC Broadcasting chairman Ted Harbert

Steaks: NBC Broadcasting chairman Ted Harbert orders his 28-day dry-aged Kansas rib eye served medium.

5. Morton’s (3400 W. Olive Ave.) in Burbank: Valley execs like ABC/Disney group president Anne Sweeney

6. Dan Tana’s (9071 Santa Monica Blvd.): Clint Eastwood

Steak: Cult-favorite 16-ounce New York steak ($57)

7. BLT Steak (8720 W. Sunset Blvd.)

Notes: Amazing warm popovers that come to the table.

8. Mastro’s (246 N. Canon Drive):

Notes: pairs 12 steak entrees with martinis poured over dry ice.

Steak: 33-ounce rib eye at ($60)

9. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse (445 N. Canon Drive): CAA’s Rick Kurtzman, Paramount’s Bill Todman, WME boss Ari EmanuelSteve CarellMagic Johnson.

10. STK (755 N. La Cienega Blvd.): Jerry BruckheimerAshley Greene, producer Randall Emmett, Dr. Dre.

11. Totoraku (10610 W. Pico Blvd.): 20th Century Fox Television chairman Gary Newman

Notes: Hidden on the Westside with no sign, raw Japanese beef is a specialty. Insiders go for yakiniku, or grilled meat dishes, from cow’s tongue and throat to short rib and skirt. The only way to get a reservation is from chef Kaz Oyama.

PHOTOS: Hollywood Steak Wars: The Town’s Top Chophouses

New Hotel Bel Air Tea Service Starts Up Again February 1st

It’s been awhile, n’est pas? Well the Hotel Bel Air can finally be considered back up and running now that they have officially begun their traditional tea service since their re-opening. Below is the preliminary menu; which is still be edited. Tea is served on the patio of Wolfgang Puck’s new restaurant by reservation only. Tea service includes pot of tea and all food items listed, $60 per person.

Hours: 3 -4pm (last seating) on Fridays and Saturdays only
Hotel Bel Air
701 Stone Canyon Road
310-472-1211