Culver City: The Westside's newest Celtic cafe and pub The Wilde Thistle soft-opened last Saturday after a series of inspection delays. Now that everything seems to be in order, chef and owner Caity Wallace will be serving up her signature homemade scones, along with traditional Celtic meat pies, toasted sandwiches, and coffees from Alana's Coffee Roasting and teas by Art of Tea. Craft beers, local wines, and pub grub to come soon. » 3454 Motor Ave., Culver City, 310-730-6208.
Silver Lake: From the guys behind Square One and Gingergrass comes Lucky Duck, an eclectic American dinner spot now open in the space formerly housed by SiLa Bistro. Designed by co-owner D'Nelll Larson, the restaurant features bright exposed lightbulb fixtures, dark matte floors, and vivid, warm wine shelves. while the local and seasonally-driven menu currently includes smoked gouda burgers and herb omelets. Wine choices by Lou Amdur close the whole deal. » 2630 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake.
West Hollywood: While bartender Dave Whitton is readying the new cocktail component at the Sunset Marquis's new Cavatina, Boston-based chef Michael Schlow has taken over the kitchen. Though a remodel is still in process, Schlow has been serving his new Cali-cool menu for the past couple of weeks. Crudo, roasted vegetables, and Schlow's signature burger (with plenty of horseradish) stand out. Now serving for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. » 1200 Alta Loma Rd. West Hollywood.
Downtown: The L.A. Chapter (get it?) of Brooklyn's own Five Leaves restaurant opened for lunch and dinner this week at the Ace Hotel in historic Downtown. Find L.A.-updated versions of chef Ken Addington's signature dishes such as buckwheat waffles and and the Moroccan Scramble, as well as a cocktail menu that's helpfully divided according to how drunk you want to get (with drinks rated non-alcoholic, low-, mid-, or high-proof). There's also a coffee and pastry bar featuring roasts from Stumptown Coffee. » 930 Broadway, Downtown, 213-623-3233.