Category Archives: Restaurants & Food

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RIP: El Torito Grill Beverly Hills

Our Beverly Hills Truffle Hunters are reporting the doors have shut and the phones are unanswered at this resto where many of us have had a love hate relationship all our lives. Love because we looooooove the tortillas and honey … Continue reading

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Polo Lounge Going Under the Knife

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After the underwhelming number pulled on the Hotel Bel Air last year, and the removal of the BH Hotel tennis courts the year before that, we aren’t terribly optimistic about ideas coming from the Dorchester camp. The New York Times … Continue reading

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Mastro’s New 3rd Floor aka Mastro’s Penthouse

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What has 1500 degree ovens, cougars, dried ice seafood towers and a newly opened penthouse? Mastro’s new 3rd floor is all the rage. Whilst at Vignette last night, we conferred with some friends who were there for dinner and got … Continue reading

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Spago re-opened in Beverly Hills

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Just like the prodigal son, it returns. After what felt like one minute of  driving by and seeing construction trucks and workers …. Spago 3.0 arrivé! (2.0 would be the move from Sunset to Canon). Bouchon will have to say … Continue reading

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New Nobu Malibu C’est Incroyable

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Nobu in Malibu was always a scene but since they relocated to a gigantic beach front dojo, it’s next level. This is the place where you will never get a table but you can go to the bar and wait, … Continue reading

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RIP: Dar Maghreb

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There aren’t many Angelenos who haven’t spent a birthday or two at Dar Maghreb growing up in L.A. If Ed Debevic’s or Benihana were getting old, this was the solution. Now shuttered, this super fave L.A. landmark will always hearken rings of bells and … Continue reading

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Jesse Gomez — Owner of Mercado in Santa Monica, Princeton Grad

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Our L.A. native radar recently turned to this Highland Park native who graduated Princeton and grew up in a thick restaurant family — who today has opened Yxta downtown and Mercado in Santa Monica. Meet Jesse Gomez, 3rd generation angeleno, and … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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Spago Closes; But Only for 3 Months

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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. On the heels of its 30th anniversary, Spago will close July 9th for a complete … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading