Photograph courtesy of Alma

Expect to see more of this: pop-up restaurants turned brick-and-mortar. Most will not make a successful transition. Alma could be the exception. Ari Taymor, formerly of the Bay Area’s Flour + Water (and nephew of director Julie Taymor), launched Alma at a Venice café. In his new, admittedly spare permanent digs, he and his team execute contemporary plates that take their cues from the seasons. Our late summer meal included a sweet corn soup spiced with vadouvan, and in a preview of winter, a singular cassoulet of smoked duck, roasted plums, and Japanese eggplant. No wine and beer yet, but house-made sodas, like plum-vanilla, help fill the void. » 952 S. Broadway, 213-444-0984.