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Petrossian LAX, Wolf & Crane, Mud Hen Tavern, and More New Restaurants
New and notable restaurant openings.
LAX: Believe it or not, a sample airline menu from the 1960s could include anything from tenderloin steak to broiled lamb chops. The new Petrossian at Tom Bradley hopes to bring back the luxe, with over 20 different vodkas, top-shelf champagne, and of course, its extensive array of international caviar. “Caviar in the Air” picnic packs, which include caviar, blinis, and crème fraîche, are also recommended red eye gear. » 380 World Way, 90045
Santa Monica: Santa Monica’s newest Thai vegan spot, Satdha, comes to us from former Bulan chef Gunn Pankum. A plate of complementary kale chips sets the tone for the whole plant-based menu, which includes a faux catfish made from eggplant, vegan pad thai, and a leaf wrap snack called Meang Kham, made with coconut, shiitake bacon, lime, cashews, ginger, and tamarind chutney. » 2218 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, 90405, (310) 450-6999
West Hollywood: Now open right underneath the historic Easton Gym on Beverly is Mojo Café. The menu has all your basic workout fuels, from Blue Bottle Coffee to pressed juices to chicken kale salad and granola. » 8053 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, 90048
Downtown: The Wolf and Crane are characters from Aesop’s fables which, in Japanese folklore, represent protection and prosperity. The Wolf & Crane, on the other hand, is a combination of Sapporo and Johnnie Walker Red served at Wolf & Crane, Little Tokyo’s newest full-service bar. The minimalist menu consists mostly of highballs and Japanese snacks, though for an extra $10, you can splurge a little on a pack of American cigarettes. » 366 E 2nd St, Downtown, 90012, (213) 935-8249
Hollywood: Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger make their triumphant return this Saturday with Mud Hen Tavern’s grand opening. The rustic neighborhood pub will feature a changing seasonal food menu and full-service drinks, including chicken and waffle croquettes, a spicy black bean veggie burger, Bootlegger’s Palomino Pale Ale, and a cocktail called “Go Figure” (fig-infused Maker’s Mark, Combier Fruits Rouge, five spice, and lemon). » 742 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 90038, (323) 203-0500
Santa Monica: From the owners of Joe’s Pizza just around the corner comes Pizza Compagnia, a slightly gussied-up version of its predecessor. The menu focuses on plated Italian eats like housemade ricotta and baked ziti, but also features full versions of Joe’s iconic New York-style pizzas. » 135 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, 90401, (310) 394-9494
Buena Park: After over a year delay, Orange County welcomed the newly rebranded Eight Korean. Formerly known as Palsaik (which translates to “eight colors,” for their eight different pork marinades), this is the second major AYCE KKBQ joint to open on the city’s slowly modernizing Beach Boulevard. Each flavored pork strip goes for about $6; try all eight in a meal with salad, soup, and banchan for $50. » 6681 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, 90621